Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Carried by the Soprano

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And I looked forward eagerly to the next rehearsal. When it came, I was disappointed. Gone was the sense of soaring through the music. What was different?

I worked it out at the rehearsal the following week. The times that I felt that wonderful sense of joyful power in my voice was when Virginia, who had the choir’s most beautiful voice, had stood behind me. I was carried forward by the strength of her voice.

It soon became a joke among the sopranos. “I want to stand in front of Virginia!”

I may not have been Metropolitan Opera material, but I had, for one brief moment, experienced what it was like to have a wonderful voice like Virginia’s.

I believe God likes to do for us what Virginia did. We are imperfect, weak creatures, after all. At least I am. And living the life that Christ did is quite literally impossible. Unless…

In 2Corinthians 12:9, the apostle Paul complains about the “thorn” in his side. We don’t know what that thorn was, but it definitely gave Paul a lot of trouble. Here is the response of the Holy Spirit to Paul’s complaint:

And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

So Paul relents and says, Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul didn’t have to be perfect. He probably kept the “thorn” all his life, but it didn’t matter, because the power to prevail didn’t lie with him. I think it gives the Lord great pleasure when we look to Him. “Don’t worry if you can’t handle this. Trust me. I’ll take it from here.”

What a thrill it is when we see how He has worked things out His way. In essence, He stands behind us and lets us tap into His power. Nobody on earth is perfect enough to do it on his own, but when we are willing to hand our worries over to the Lord, it’s amazing what can happen.

I have done this far too few times. There’s something in me that wants to solve everything on my own, without help. Certainly, we are to do our best in all situations, but what a wonderful, peace-giving thing it is to recognize our ultimate weakness and lean on the Everlasting Arms.

Matthew 11: 28-29 says, Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. KJV

I’m pretty sure that Virginia would be embarrassed to have her God-given voice compared to the power of the Holy Spirit, but it’s the way I like to picture it,: a weak and timorous little voice, carried to great and glorious musical heights by the power of a talented soprano.




Columnist: Behind the Mystery


E. E. Kennedy is the author of IRREGARDLESS OF MURDER, DEATH DANGLES A PARTICIPLE, MURDER IN THE PAST TENSE and INCOMPLETE SENTENCE, a cozy mystery series about a high school English teacher.
She grew up in far northern New York State where these mysteries are set. As an advertising copywriter, she wrote interview articles for art magazines and produced radio/TV commercials and print ads. She is a graduate of Huntingdon College and studied counseling and guidance at the University of Alabama. She and her husband live in North Carolina, are born-again Christians, and the happy, blessed grandparents of five little answers to prayer.
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