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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: You play on son and I'll improvise
By Stanley McMahon
01/14/13


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My wife enjoys expressing her creativity through cooking meals for family and friends. Although she tries her hand at baking and turns out some incredibly tasty desserts, her preference by far, is cooking; partly because baking can sometimes produce unpredictable results, depending on the oven, but mostly she doesn’t like the precise measurements of the ingredients. She prefers handfuls and pinches to spoons and cups.
She loves to experiment and throw in bits of this and that spice, create her own sauces and generally enjoy the task. Invariably the result is exquisite. But the real key to her method is knowledge. She knows what flavours combine well and the seemingly random measures of her ingredients that get added to the dish, actually have years of experience, knowledge and satisfied stomachs behind them. She cooks in the same way as a skilled musician plays his instrument.
It reminds me of a story, reportedly about Felix Mendelssohn. It seems that just before he was due to play a concert, a young aspiring pianist escaped the clutches of his guardians, ran up on to the stage and to the delight of the crowd, began to play Chopsticks. Mendelssohn walked on to the stage and rather than shooing the boy back to his seat, sat down beside him and said calmly, ‘You play on son, I’ll improvise.’
I am sure that often during our life journeys, the Lord looks down on us with knowing compassion, sees us stabbing away at life, trying to make history and ending up making a hash of things. It is in those times that the Lord steps in with His perfect measures of love and mercy, grace and strength and says, ‘You play on son and I’ll improvise.’ And we can trust His improvisation to make something beautiful out of the raw ingredients of our lives.


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Barbara Lynn Culler01/17/13
Interesting concept.
Michael Throne01/18/13
Wow, I wasn't sure where you were going until you got there. Great message!
John Huckstep01/20/13
Nice devotional. I'm so glad Christ can improvise my song and turn it into His masterpiece. Thanks for writing this one.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/21/13
This is a fantastic devotion. I like how you started it off with the story that anyone can relate to. Then when you went into the part about the boy it really touched my heart. I'm sure God is smiling at us and often sees things and says something like that. This was a pleasure to read. Good job.
CD Swanson 01/22/13
Clever use of topic. Nicely done. God bless~