Lately I have had some really incredible experiences with The Lord. Some have really brought me to tears and taught me things while others I’ve rejoiced and shared. I’ve told many of you that after daddy passed away I wanted to do something that would honor him. Not long ago the Lord had put it on my heart to contact a local nursing home and minister to them through my piano music. What I’ve learned is I’m the one who gets the bigger blessing. There is one instance though that really has struck my heart when I saw God moving and touching a woman in a very special way.
When I arrived at the nursing home I walked in and a saw a woman setting alone next to the piano sleeping. They have a wonderful setting area with plush couches and little bird cages and so forth but this little lady chose to go set in this large empty room next to the piano in a terribly uncomfortable chair. As I walked up it startled her and she awoke with a big smile and said, “Oh my, how I have anticipated you coming and I just didn’t want to miss anything!” It moved my heart to know that this time was so special to her. I said “God Bless You” and I then began to get my music out and set it down as we exchanged in a sweet conversation.
It was getting time for lunch and the residence began to make their way into the room where I was playing. As we were enjoying this wonderful time in the Lord, the little lady never moved. The activity director came to her several times and asked if she would like to move to a table so that she could eat. However this sweet little elderly woman chose not to go but instead she asked if she could just set with me a little longer and listen to the music. The director allowed her to do so but was worried that she would be hungry if she did not go find a seat to eat. Just so you know when I set down to play the piano for them it is usually for over an hour with very few breaks. So I knew this little woman was missing her lunch just to be there next to me. They were worried she would be hungry but she no more cared about that than anything. The Lord then spoke to my heart and I knew then He had a teaching moment in store for me.
Jesus had a similar instance that happened to Him in Luke 10:38-42 and His reaction was priceless. “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
I just think on these wonderful things and how His word comes alive in everyday ordinary instances. In this case with the sweet woman, it was her soul that was being fed and she had found the right table to set at to be filled with more of what His goodness had to offer than what her physical body needed. I had to ask myself some things. What would our worship look like on Sunday if we acted like Martha? What if were found putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations and missing out on temporal things and anticipated what goodness He had in store for us? I think about how it would encourage pastors to see their people filled with such faith, compassion and obedience. I believe it would change things and it certainly does with me.
It was not myself, or my talent rather that she was seeking for entertainment. It was the gift that God provided being put into action by his people for His glory that she was benefiting from to give her the nourishment she needed to bring comfort, healing, and love that would fill her soul for eternity. We as Christians have a special part in His body to carry out His work. We are His hands, feet, eyes and ears. If we use it for to bring self glory then there is a real problem. It is all for His glory and building up His kingdom. I’m so thankful to be part of something so great and yet so simple and I look forward to serving Him all the days of my life.
May God bless you and give you this kind of hungering in your heart.