to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took
her boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the
mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle
to greet her.
the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the
little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door
marked "NO ADMITTANCE". When the house lights dimmed and
the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat
and discovered that the child was missing.
the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive
Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy
sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle,
Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano maestro
made his entrance and quickly moved to the piano. He whispered in
the boy's ear, "Don't quit. Keep playing." Then, leaning
over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling
in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other
side of the child and he added a running obligato. Together, the
old master and the young novice transformed a frightening
situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
audience was mesmerized.
the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is
hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly
graceful flowing music. With the hand of the Master, our life's
work truly can be beautiful.
time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You
can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear,
"Don't quit. Keep playing." Feel His loving arms around
you. Know that His strong hands are there helping you turn your
feeble attempts into true masterpieces. Remember, God doesn't call
the equipped; He equips the called. He'll always be there to love
and guide you on to great things.