Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Unfinished Symphony

"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.  He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." -- Exodus 15:2

My morning walks are a prelude to my daily quiet time with the Lord. During these walks I usually pray for friends and loved ones or people in need. I seek God's direction for my day and lay out my petitions before him. In short, I do most of the talking, leaving little room for him to get a word in edgewise.

This morning's walk was different, though. Rather than rehearse the normal litany of prayer requests, I simply asked what God would have me communicate through my speaking ministry, then listened for his answer. A testimony was the first thing that came to mind, as well as the experiences that have led up to this season of ministry. At that moment I realized that my life is merely an unfinished symphony and that God will continue writing my song until I draw my final breath.

Many people think of their lives as a tapestry, full of pleasant experiences and ugly sin woven together by God into a beautiful picture of his grace. Whichever image you might use to describe your life -- a tapestry or an unfinished symphony -- you can rest assured that God is still creating you in his image and will not stop until the last stitch is placed and the last note is written. When we surrender ourselves to God's will, he will compose a beautiful masterpiece that will outlive our mortal existence and be a song of joy for those to follow. As we allow the divine Maestro to direct every measure of our lives, he will put a new song in our mouths, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD (Psalm 40:3).

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