“O Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you.”
“So what are you doing now?” I asked.
Be careful what you ask for.
He spoke as he worked. But I don’t think it was English.
It was a lot of numbers. And Hertz. Wavelengths, and vibrations, and the precision of pegs, and tuning to cancel out a delay, and how octaves and chords can be heard within each note and –
Well, stuff I don’t know about. Except he was kind enough to pretend that if I wanted to know, I was capable of knowing.
How kind. How generous.
I just – didn’t.
Oh, I made a good show of nodding and smiling in the right places.
But my wee brain was going to great ‘lengths’ to explode (see what I did there? Rather clever of me!), I was trying so hard to keep up.
I just – couldn’t.
The Tuner was just that good. He was a joy to watch. He knew each note personally. He knew how to draw out its best, purest, most true tone. He took pleasure in the notes that didn’t need any adjustment. He smiled and approved when an adjustment worked particularly well. He patiently explained what he was trying to do, his purpose, his goal. He paused to let me hear what he was hearing, to show me what could happen when all three strings for the same note were working as one.
And when he sat down to play, to see if all the strings he had tenderly adjusted were sounding like they should, I got shivers.
He was just that good.
His knowledge was so far superior that I just had to let him be the Boss. The Accomplished Expert. The Undisputed Maestro.
You and I rather tend to ‘get out of tune’ in our faith journey, too. Sometimes we need a good tuning. Tuning in. Tuning out. Tuning up.
A real good going over.
Sometimes it pinches. It can get rather loud and chaotic. It can feel invasive.
But oh, the aching beauty the Tuner can draw out of us!
If we let Him do His job.
Let me just remind you of something today.
He knows every string. Every peg. Every dent, every peculiarity. He knows what we ought to sound like. He knows how to set our hearts to vibrate in sync with His.
He works with such tenderness. He erupts in joy when He sees where we are set properly. He knows exactly where we are not, and goes to work with gentle fingers to smooth out the tension caused by damage and neglect.
And when He sets our song in motion, the beauty of it overwhelms!
You are in such good hands.
This God of ours knows so much more than you or I ever could. He is the Boss. The Accomplished Expert. The Undisputed Maestro.
Submit to His work with me?
Father, how quick we are to feel that we are the experts – when Your knowledge surpasses us completely! Thank You for this reminder that when we cannot see the reason for Your ministrations, You know exactly what You are doing, and are only, always, working to draw out our deepest, most glorious song. Amen.