“Take out your recorders, time for music!”
I eagerly fished out the plastic musical instrument, tucked away in my bag. Like thousands of children in the United States, I was learning to play this instrument in my elementary school in Hawaii. While many of my classmates hated or were ambivalent toward it, I adored the instrument. It was my first exposure to a musical instrument and learning to read music. I diligently practiced and it undoubtedly contributed to my love for music that still pervades my life. My effort got the notice of my teacher and one day after class, she approached me. “I would like you to play a duet with Jake.”
He was a transfer to my elementary school from Michigan. We were only in the fourth grade but Jake was a recognized prodigy on the flute, performing with several symphony orchestras in his home state. Recognizing his talent, the school principal asked Jake to give a solo performance before the entire school to the delight of our parents and faculty. A similar and far simpler musical instrument, the recorder was a breeze for him and he immediately established himself as the best in the class, if not the state. I was asked to play a duet with him because I was the next best. This was akin to placing me alone in the same room as Steph Curry and declaring I was the next best basketball player!
I was a complete amateur and did not deserve to share the stage with Jake. Yet, he graciously accepted our relationship and gave me pointers and helpful suggestions to improve my playing. When we performed, all my fear was gone as I was buoyed by this amazing artist.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
Many years later, Jesus Christ invited me into a relationship with Him. Like playing with Jake, I had no right to even be in His presence. I am a complete and degenerate sinner. Yet, through His grace and mercy, Jesus accepted my broken life when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.
Jesus gave me rest when my soul was restless. He took my burdens when I was weighed down by the worries of my life. He accepted me when I wouldn’t accept myself. All fear was finally gone when my life was paired with God and He allowed me to enter into a relationship with Him.
I am so very grateful for this eternal duet of my life.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.