January 2, 2020
The Old Piano
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16
My wife always had a desire to play the piano. When she was young, our church pianist offered to give her lessons. My wife did not have a piano, so she would walk to the church after school each day to practice. She eventually got a part-time job in a department store, and with her first paycheck she began to set money aside for a piano. She was soon able to bring home an old upright piano. It looked rather weather-beaten, but was undamaged, and according to my wife, it had a beautiful tone and touch (although I was not sure what a good “touch” meant).
As she learned to play, many noticed how weathered that piano looked, but soon she played so well that its appearance went unnoticed. Through the years she was able to play in our church services, and those in attendance loved to hear her, as did family members and visitors to our home. However, of all the people who heard her play, I feel I was the primary beneficiary. As a pastor, I was often studying God’s Word, meditating, and researching Bible topics. At times as I was studying, she would begin to play. She thought of it as practice, but I felt like I was listening to a concert. It was beautiful, spiritual, and inspirational, and I felt like I finally understood the “touch” that she had spoken of before.
Looking at that old piano, I am reminded that, as I get older, I may begin to look a little “weather-beaten” myself, but I am thankful that I never have to lose the touch that God gave me when He saved my soul. Just as my wife was faithful to practice her instrument and keep it in tune, we have to keep our hearts in tune with God through prayer and communion with Him. If we do that, it will be easy for God to use us to bless others, as He has used my wife through her piano playing.
We now have an “empty nest,” because all of our children have homes of their own. It seems that the old, weather-beaten piano has become our most prized possession; each family member would like to have it “someday.” We can be sure that they do not want that piano because of its looks! No, this piano is special because of the way it has blessed so many lives. May our lives be instruments that the Lord can use to bless others as well.