Diana Rasmussen is a wonderful blogger with some great testimony, this is a link to some of music that she publishes and a link to her blog, Prayers and Promises. Please take time to read her post and listen to her music. I think that you will be blessed!
One Monday morning, while talking with Jesus, I blurted out, “Okay, I’m not going to beat around the bush anymore. May I have a twelve-string guitar?”
When I’d checked at Bernie’s Guitar earlier in the year I told the owner that I wasn’t a professional, and didn’t ever expect to be. I wanted a guitar that sounded good but wasn’t very expensive. He recommended a Sammick he had on sale for less than $300. I told my husband, Wendel about it on Wednesday, and he suggested that I check to see if it was still available.
The next day I stopped by – only to discover that Bernie’s was out of business.
I had my answer, and it was “no.”
I was willing to accept that.
On Friday morning at 7 a.m., an old friend of the family, Jerry, called me.
“Hey, Tami, I was wondering – I have a twelve-string guitar. I think you were the last one to play it about ten years ago. Do you want it?”
My initial reaction was to say, “No, that’s okay.” Then I remembered that I’d asked Abba Father for one. Here was the answer to my request, so instead I said, “Jerry, I’d love to have that guitar.” We made arrangements to get together later that day so I could pick it up.
Now, a long time ago I discovered that shopping is the fastest way to become discontent with what I have – so I don’t browse through catalogs or stores just for the fun of it. I price things when I intend to buy, otherwise I avoid this activity like the plague!
Therefore, when I arrived and Jerry had the guitar laid out on the table, all cleaned, polished, and outfitted with new strings, I had no idea what I’d been given. I’d expected a Yamaha or something like it. I knew Jerry and knew it wouldn’t be a piece of junk, whatever it was. I looked at the name on it and said, “A Martin. Nice.” I was clueless!
He gave me the paperwork for the instrument. It required special care to keep it in good working condition – humidity, constant temperature, all that. My head swam with the instructions I was given. It seemed like a bit of an overkill. It was, after all, just a guitar.
When I got home, I pulled out the paperwork to see what exactly I needed to do. On the first page was the purchase information – date, owner, and –gulp– price!
There are only two things I own that cost more than that guitar – my car and my house.
I was speechless. Tears began to flow, and I went into the kitchen, picked up a washcloth and started cleaning out my cupboard. (It’s a thing I do when I’m overwhelmed and don’t know what else to do.)
I went back to the living room and looked at the guitar again. “Lord, I don’t know what to say. This instrument is more than I need. I don’t play well enough to merit such a guitar – and I certainly don’t deserve it. I’ve done nothing to earn it. Thank You; but I have to ask ‘Why?’”
He answered with a single word: “Grace.”
Although I knew the definition of grace: undeserved favor, I’d never really comprehended it. This was the best object lesson in the world.
The rest of the day was spent going from cleaning the kitchen like crazy, to looking at that guitar and tearfully expressing my gratitude to my heavenly Father for His generosity, and back to cleaning again!
A couple of days later, I sensed the Lord say, “I’m so glad you like the guitar. Yes, you understand grace in a way you haven’t in the past. However, I’ve given you a far more valuable Gift – also a gift of grace. Do you value this Gift in the same way?”
I was stunned, cut to the quick. Here I was, an emotional wreck over an instrument. I’d never been undone like this when I considered the Gift God gave me in His Son. I certainly got it now!
The death of Jesus was given to open the way for me to have an intimate relationship with God. His resurrection is my sure hope that because He lives, I will too. There is nothing I can do to earn or deserve it. After all, if something was required in exchange, it would no longer be a gift, but a purchase.
The Bible says, “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9) There’s no place for a superior attitude toward those who do not believe. Even the very faith by which we believe is His present to us.
Grace! What a beautiful gift.
Originally posted 4/7/13 on Lessons by Heart
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, all day long,
share of His glorious worth.
Declare His greatness to all,
share of His marvelous deeds;
heed word and answer His call,
the Lord, who meets all our needs.
Great is God, worthy of praise;
Maker of heaven and earth.
Let us worship all our days,
Him who is of matchless worth.
Let us ascribe to the Lord,
glory and strength due His Name;
together, in one accord,
show the world the truth that we claim.
Worship the Lord in splendor,
because of His holiness;
give Him all in surrender,
for He is our righteousness.
(Responding to Psalm 96:1-9)
As I was reading, the song How Great is Our God, by Chris Tomlin, kept going through my head. Click the link to have a listen.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You is not nearly enough to express our gratitude for who You are and what You have done for us and in us. Forgive us for not giving honor that is due Your Name, and teach us to live our lives as an ongoing act of worship unto You. May our life song be sweet as we are surrendered to You, and may many be moved towards You, our Maker, through the melody of our praise. Be glorified, O God, for You are ALL that is good. Amen.
There are times when the most important thing that we can do is to just set back and review where we have been and where we are going. Sometimes we try to decide for our selves what the Lord wants us to do. We get in the way and make the process more and more difficult. Three things today have reminded me that we are all in His hands and no matter what our own desires are, they are not what God may want from us. A niece’s husband died having a stent put in and I hope that you will include her and her children in your prayers, she is very ill herself, reading Terry Shepherd’s blog about her brother, she is heart broken at times and needs our prayers for strength, and another friend, who lives abroad suffers with her eyesight and yet is so generous and willing to share her work for the world to see, at least the small bit that reads these blogs.
Sitting here listening to “I can only imagine” by Mercy Me brings it into even more perspective. We are just small parts of a very large plan. We may never be able to conceive of the greatness of it but we can do our part and pray for those we know are in need and for those who we don’t know. If the whole world spent ten minutes out of each day giving glory to God, can we even begin to imagine the transformation that would be possible? If you are giving thanks to Him and praying for others, getting into mischief is a little less likely don’t you think? Please do remember these in prayer and visit Terry, at:
I had the pleasure of attending a concert at my church Saturday night given by Trent Monk. I wanted to share his beautiful voice with you.
This young man and his wife are truly called. They cross the U.S. giving concerts at churches and depend mightily on God to send them their way and provide. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!