She loved to sing. She went everywhere lifting up her voice in song throughout the day. The little girl was finally given the opportunity to sing her favorite song in church. She had practiced and practiced and was now ready for her big day. As she got to her place and the piano began the introduction she opened her mouth and began the song but it didn’t come out the way she had practiced. She had lost the key. So she began the song again and still it wasn’t quite in tune. She knew the words so she just continued singing even though she was embarrassed that it wasn’t coming out right. At that point the congregation who loved the little girl started singing the song along with her and she found the key and finished her version of Amazing Grace. Her church family was delighted.
Once in a while we all lose the key to a life lived in harmony with God’s Word. We become out of tune and what comes out of us is rather unpleasant. It is during these times that we need the help of others who are singing in the right key to help us get back in tune. The encouragement and example of fellow believers is vital to our restoration of harmony. God’s Word tells us in Hebrews 10:24,25: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching”.
I wonder if we are like that congregation who helped the little girl find her key. Or are we among those who cringe and complain and criticize when those around us do not quite have that perfect pitch. We need to remember that all of us have times in our lives when we are singing off key. Amazing Grace should not be just the title of a song, it should be what we display to others in hopes they will find the right key.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation