Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer." -- President J. Reuben Clark Jr.
Okay.... first off... I would say I'm the last person on the planet who would be qualified to talk about music or music analogies. My knowledge and talent in that area is very limited. However, I absolutely love the idea of being an "instrument in the Lord's hands."
Think of a piano for a moment, not just any piano. We're talking a perfectly tuned, beautiful, grand piano. It probably costs more than a car. (okay I don't know that, but you get the picture.) In the hands of a skilled pianist, the piano becomes more than something pretty to look at, as music begins to fill the room.
Now putting this into a gospel context, how do we become an instrument in the Lord's hands? I think the biggest thing is to submit our will to Heavenly Father's will. This takes faith, courage and humility one our part. Often times, it also requires great sacrafice. When we have let go of what we want, that is when the Lord steps in and says, "Here is what I want for you, this is what I want you to do. Do these things and be ready for all the blessings I have in store for you."
"I want to impress upon your hearts...that you can make no sacrifice but what sooner or later the reward will come to you, either in time or in eternity, and almost without exception when we make any sacrifices in the line of duty in performing those things that are pleasing in the sight of God, we get our reward during our lives." Heber J. Grant