I remember years ago, when I first started taking piano lessons, how frustrated I would get. I had been picking out chords and melodies by ear for several years before I actually began taking lessons. It was so hard for me to train myself to follow all the new “rules” my piano teacher gave me. The hardest one was keeping my eyes focused on the sheet music-
and not my hands!
When I taught myself how to play by ear, I focused on watching my fingers. I didn’t care which finger did what- all that mattered was whether I hit the correct notes. My piano teacher never missed an opportunity to correct me when I looked down.
Eyes on the music, he used to tell me. But it’s too hard! I would whine in frustration each and every time I was caught looking down.
And then little by little, slowly but surely- I began to have confidence in my playing. As I continued with lessons, I learned how to focus on making music– not just playing correct notes.
I have noticed that my walk with the Lord is a little bit like taking piano lessons.
Keep your eyes on Me. Stop looking to the right and left. Stop looking behind you.
Stop trying to follow rules and just follow Me.
I am ashamed to admit how often I still get distracted, or discouraged. Every so often, I catch myself falling into bad habits… especially during the summertime when the girls are home from school and there seems to be a huge shift in our routine.
I told my husband I had been feeling particularly “down” this past week. I mentioned to him just this morning that my life verse is Philippians 4:12- I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
“Well, have you learned that secret?” my husband earnestly asked me today.
Absolutely. With 100% certainty I know the secret.
That verse has been my prayer for years now- to be like the apostle Paul. To be perfectly content, no matter WHAT is going on around me.
The secret? It’s not a secret– it’s a “SEEK”-ret-
to be constantly SEEKING Him!
to be constant in my pursuit of His will…His way…His desire…His heart…
and His presence.
Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.