She and the conductor emerged from a velvet drape and he led her to her chair. The flute she carried caught the stage lights and held them like diamonds against the black of her dress. She, a frail wisp of an angel sitting straight-backed and poised, and me, only wishing I possessed as much grace and determination.
Though she possessed a gift very much her own, her voice, her dedication, her heart this night would be shared on the stage using a borrowed flute, as her beloved instruments had been recently stolen when her home was broken into. Thieves may have taken the tools by which to give voice to the song of her heart, but they failed to steal the true gift given of the Lord; a dedication to share a piece of herself, a bit of her world with the rest of it.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
(John 10:10) NIV
A woman, 75 years old and living several miles away, received news of the young girl and headed to the High School. She spoke with the principal there and informed him of God’s perfect timing; how she’d recently come across her own beloved flute given to her by her mother in 1949, and how she’d be honored if the sweet girl would take it, use it to once again share her voice, her dedication, her heart with others.
That’s how my God works! He plants the seed of dedication, sets the heart aflame with unwavering ambition and walks with us hand in hand through the twists and turns of the path. The many obstacles and challenges we face on the journey don’t change His plan for us - they only make us reach out to Him.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor. 9:24-25) NIV