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“Wishing to encourage her young son’s progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a concert of the famous pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. After they were seated, the mother saw a friend and went to greet her. Then the little boy quickly rose and explored his way through a door marked “No Admittance.” When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and saw that her son was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and the spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway piano on stage. In shock, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard. Innocently, he then began to play “Chopsticks”. The crowd reacted with shouts, “Take the boy away!” “Who brought a little boy to a concert?!” When Paderewski heard the uproar, he rushed to the stage. Realizing what was going on, he went to the piano, reaching around the little boy, the master began to improvise a countermelody to “chopsticks.” As the two of them played together, the Master Paderewski kept whispering in the boy’s ear, “I am here to help you, my child. Keep going. Don’t stop… don’t quit… don’t give up.” Together, the old master and the little boy transformed an awkward moment into an amazing memorial event. The audience was mesmerized” (Medium.com).

I thought, whether this is true or not, it is a wonderful illustration for the times we as Christians become “weary” in well-doing with our everyday common life of just plain old “Chopsticks” (Gal. 6:9). It seems about the time we are ready to give up, along comes the Master, Who whispers, “I am here to help you, my child. Keep going. Don’t stop… don’t quit… don’t give up.” As He continually whispers, “I am here… I will help you,” He improvises with the Master’s finishing touch to display His grace, love and joy in our lives. The touch of the Master hands makes the difference. Together the tragedies becomes triumphs. Together what seemed weary becomes wonderful. Together the Master makes even the bad become good. Together sadness becomes a symphony. If it is still bad, it just means He is still working on it. As we wait, He works. The end result will be for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).

Are you weary? Almost overcome? The Lord whispers, “I am here to help you, my child. Keep going. Don’t stop… don’t quit… don’t give up.” Listen as and when He whispers, “I am here to help you, my child.”

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