Tale of a Harpist

By Lynn Mosher

“Take a harp…play skillfully and make sweet melody…that you may be remembered.”

(Is. 23:16 AMP)

Suddenly taken ill, a renowned harpist was rushed to the hospital. While tests were being run to find the cause of his illness, he lay in his hospital bed, reminiscing over his life.

Seeing himself as a young boy, he remembered his dreams of becoming a famous harpist, even though his family was poverty stricken and could not afford even one string of a harp or music lessons.

Each day, after school, on his way to one of his many odd jobs, he stopped at the local music shop to quickly thumb through the catalogs of instruments, envisioning the day of owning a harp from what little money he saved.

He became great friends with the shop owner who took pity on him and allowed him to purchase, piece by piece, all the parts necessary to make a harp. Each new string added a new dimension of hope to his life.

After many years, he had all the parts and the shop owner assembled the beautiful harp for him. The shop owner’s wife, a music teacher, offered him free lessons, and, under her tutelage, he became an accomplished, well-known harpist in a very short time, thus fulfilling the purpose for his life. He was loved and admired by all.

As he laid there thinking about his life, he remembered the many setbacks and hardships he had suffered. His mother and father, as missionaries in a foreign land, were killed by natives. His sister, whom he loved dearly, was killed in a car accident. World War II took the life of his only son. After many years of marriage, his wife left him for someone else. Now, he was fighting for his life – alone.

As each trial took its toll on his life, he laid his harp aside. Yet, after each respite, he resumed his music, playing his beloved harp more beautifully than before. Each occurrence in his life brought more enthusiastic reviews from the critics.

Now, while lying in his hospital bed, depressed and having no desire to live, he asked the Lord why so many trying things had occurred in his life.

The Lord whispered to him, “You constructed your beloved harp from its many pieces with great love. For it to make its beautiful melodies, much effort and practice time was necessary. To keep it in tune, you tightened its strings every now and then.

“This is as your life, for it was put together with great love. Each sorrow, each disappointment, each heartache added a new string to your life. Each event was part of the process to tighten you and transform your life’s music. It was your choice whether it would be played in harmony or in discord. All prepared you to make beautiful melodies, each as a sweet praise to the Great Instrument Maker.”

After the review of his life, the great harpist rested back on his pillow, satisfied and comforted. He closed his eyes, content that he would awaken the next morning to play sweet melodies of praise to his Master – on his harp of many strings.

 

Lynn MosherThrough many hardships, trials, and health issues, I have learned to depend entirely on the Lord for everything. After being diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2000, the Lord whispered to my heart to write for Him. So, now, out of a great passion to reach others, I obey His call. You can find Lynn at http://lynnmosher.blogspot.com/

What’s Your Donkey?

The other night we went to Mass in a different town.  The readings were about Jesus entering Jerusalem for the last time, riding on a donkey. I have to admit, I’ve heard that story many times but never had much cause to think about the donkey.

Now we have donkeys not far from us, and I can tell you those things can be loud and annoying if they want to be.  That’s really my only experience with donkeys, so I didn’t give the one Jesus rode much thought.  So this sermon was an eye-opener.

You see, donkeys were a lot like cars, pickups, and tractors all rolled into one back then.  A good donkey was a treasure that not many people owned.  If you had one, you could ride it, you could use it to haul things, and you could use it to plow up the land for planting.  In short, donkeys were very valuable.

In fact, the priest said they could be the equivalent of $50,000 in our society today.

So think about this for a second.  You have this nice, brand new car that you recently purchased for $50,000.  It is sitting in your driveway, and these two guys show up out of the blue and say, “We need your car.”

“Need my car?” you ask as if you know you haven’t heard them correctly.  “Why?”

“Because the Master needs it.”

HAHAHA!

You tell me, would you give them the keys and let them know there’s a full tank of gas in it?

See, the donkey in this story is not an insignificant detail like I’ve always thought.  That donkey represents our most prized possessions on this earth!

Are we willing to surrender our hard-earned possessions for God’s glory?  Are we willing to give the things we have worked so hard to obtain to Him when He asks, just because He asked?

And notice, Jesus didn’t Himself go to get the donkey, He sent His disciples.  So it might not be Jesus that shows up on your doorstep. It might be that deacon from down the street wondering if you could help them move some things on Saturday.  It could be that lady from the church asking if they can use your Crockpot for the benefit.

The question is:  are you allowing God to use your possessions for His glory?  Or do you hoard what you have, making sure you are the only one to gain benefit from it?  Do you willingly give up your greatest, most costly and prized treasures on this earth so that God’s glory can be revealed?

What’s your donkey?  And what are you doing with it?

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2012
Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling author and the co-founder CrossReads.com a new website that gives Christian readers and authors a place to meet and fellowship. With a newsletter, a blog, a forum, and other exciting, inspiring areas to visit, CrossReads visitors can find fabulous Christian books they never knew existed.

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