Sunday, December 03, 2006

Parables in the Everyday

Two parables:

The first one came as I was observing a vocal teacher work with her student. The student had a vocal break through and made the most glorious sounds she has ever made. The teacher challenged the student to analyze the feeling so she could reproduce it. The student described the feeling as being completely out of control. The teacher responded instantly by saying, "That's exactly right. It's in trying to control the sound that we rob it of it's natural beauty. My job as a teacher is to help you to abandon control and free what is already there."

The Lord spoke to me. "Cheryl, this is what I am doing in you. I am freeing you to be what I have made you to be. Don't be afraid to abandon control. Trust me."

The second parable came as I was observing the same teacher work with a different singer. This singer was very advanced but having some new frustrations with vocal tension. The teacher quoted Pavarotti when he was asked how to handle vocal problems. Pavarotti said, "I go back to my very first singing lesson. Vocal problems can be solved by returning to the basics of singing."

The Lord spoke to me again.

Lord: Cheryl, this is for you. Remember the basics. What are they? Me: You love me. Lord: What does that love look like?" Me: Death, resurrection, victory. Lord: Yes, I love you; I died for you; I won for you. Your frustrations will dispel in the Truth of the basics.

I love that these 2 moments happened in the everyday. It was exactly what I needed to hear and He used my workplace to say it to me. Lord, make me more sensitive to you in the everyday; give me ears to hear, eyes to see and a heart of understanding.


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