My times are in your hand…
(Psalm 31:15 ESV)
It all started two months ago with a casual conversation.
A friend of mine said, “Oh, if you ever need a good piano teacher, we found one that we love.”
Now, the conversation struck me as funny. We had never talked about piano teachers before. I personally teach my own kids piano lessons and really didn’t need a referral to a piano teacher.
Still, I jotted the info down. You never know, after all, when someone might ask me for a referral.
Fast forward about four months.
I’m chatting with this lovely Christian mom who has a special needs son with an affinity for music. He’s lost most of his vision, but he’s captivated by song. She tells me how she teaches him through music and how he picks out the tunes he hears on their piano at home.
She wants to reach this part of him, this music-place, this God-gift and passion. But how?
A traditional piano teacher all rigid with method books and recitals wouldn’t help him.
Wait, though…..hadn’t that friend given me the phone number of a piano teacher months ago? Hadn’t she mentioned the teacher’s flexibility, her gentleness, her faith, her willingness to work with each individual student?
Two weeks later, I’m hearing the testimony of God’s goodness. How the piano teacher lives on the same road as this family. How they walk past her house on family strolls. How she’s patient and perfect for this little boy.
How God is so good.
All the time.
And all the time, God is good.
It’s the reminder our souls need because life sure is ugly sometimes.
You know what God’s Word says and You know it’s truth.
He works everything out for the good of those who love Him…. (Romans 8:28).
He makes all things beautiful in His time…. (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
No plan of His can be thwarted…. (Job 42:2).
Yet in the here and now of today and this very moment of disappointment, hurt, and maybe even anger, well trusting is a choice, and not always an easy one.
So I marvel at this: Our God, who is “so big and so mighty there’s thing our God cannot do,” chose to send a little boy the perfect piano teacher.
What love is this, so amazing, so divine?
Our grand God never sits stony and unmoving on a ruthless throne of indifference, apathy and boredom. He’s a hands-on God. He’s involved in the details.
This morning, I read the prayer letter of a young missionary couple in Madagascar. They tell how one unexpected circumstances has them moving to another city just two months after arriving.
Still they declare that they trust God. He is sovereign. They know He is good and He is with them no matter what.
Right there in their email I read: “This news came as no shock to Him.”
Hadn’t I just typed out that same thought just days ago to a friend?
The thing I need most to remember about His sovereignty is that even what surprises me and throws me into frantic turmoil does not surprise Him. He doesn’t need to scramble to ‘make-do’ with tough circumstances or react to them with second-best answers. I forget too often that He knew and He knows and He’s got it.
It’s me that forgets how He cares for us. I scramble to react, stumble at news, and try to plant my feet firm again on that solid ground.
That’s what Paul prayed for the Thessalonian church:
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 HCSB).
I read this in The Message version:
So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. (emphasis mine)
God wasn’t surprised by Jonah running away from Nineveh, or by slavery for Joseph, the lion’s den for Daniel, the stoning of Stephen, or imprisonment for Paul.
He’s got it, all of it, the smallest details, the biggest needs, the obviously beautiful and that which takes time and His hand to transform into beauty from ashes.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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