Tuesday, April 6, 2010

God Hears Our Melody… ♫ ♫ ♫

"In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." ~1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)

When I first surrendered to God’s call into special service, the Music Ministry is where I knew He wanted me and I wanted nothing more than to serve Him for the rest of my days…singing praises to Him and for Him. Looking back, it is no wonder to me now why He let the course of events happen in my life as He did…in order to break me and remake me…yes, to teach me. Oh… “Rabboni,” what limitations I had placed on Your calling! You wanted to hear melody from me yet I had to learn the music You treasured.

Isn’t it a GRAND thing that God not only collects our tears but that He hears our melody? Sure, He hears gifted musicians and singers praise Him with melodious tunes and trained voices. He hears joyful noises from others, as well, and they all please Him. After all, they are blessed with the very gifts He, Himself, has provided. I am alive in Jesus today to testify that these pleasing sounds are nothing to compare with the melody He hears when we pour out our heart and soul to Him in brokenness and humble ourselves before Him. He sees and knows the REAL in every one of us…yes, the good and the bad, the happiness and the misery. And in His eyes we are deemed most beautiful and sound most pleasing to His ear when we are broken for Him and submit to Him our all. There are so many scriptures in the Bible which tell us of the trials and turmoil we will endure if we belong to Him. We are molded by the Master Potter during these times…yes, so we will become pleasing to Him...and grow more in His likeness. It is a hard concept to celebrate our trials, especially in the midst of them. Yet that is exactly what we are instructed to do…KNOWING God is using them for His divine purpose. Hallelujah!? No…even BETTER than that!!!

Captured in His reflection,


LisaShaw said...

This was beautiful, powerful and well said! Thank you for sharing your heart in the LORD. I can relate to what you've shared. To God be the glory! I look forward to visiting with you again dear sister.

Keep sharing your heart in the LORD!

Mary said...

Hello Lisa,
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I, too, look so forward to visiting with you again! So much of me just wants to reside right here in this safe haven and just write continuously praising our LORD. I hunger to share everything He's done for me, with me, through me; however, in order to grow and continually apply His Word to my life today and all the tomorrows, I must get up and go for Him...touching people with His love and His heartfelt actions. Yes, dear sister, I'll keep sharing my heart in the LORD...just as I know you will also!

Andrea said...

Beautiful blog and beautiful heart! Thank you for shining through to the world with HIS love.
Blessings, andrea

Mary said...

I am truly humbled to tears by your words, Andrea. Thank you so much for seeing Jesus here.
Blessings to you, too, dear sister.

Yolanda said...

I needed to stop in here, and be reminded that God loves me! I have not been measuring up to my own standards the past day or so, and then you remind me that God loves ME!

Mary said...

Hello Yolanda,

Thank you for stopping by and I am so thrilled you were reminded here how very much God loves YOU! I am both amazed and humbled by the fact that we have sisters all over the world who we can identify with and God interweaves our paths to share Him with each other. He's giving us the internet to disciple each other, to hold each other accountable and to share such a sweet kindred spirit.

It's so nice to meet you, Yolanda, and I look forward to knowing you better.


Praise and Coffee said...

Beautiful Mary, I love your heart! So excited that you are interested in starting Praise and Coffee Nights :)

Mary said...

Hi Sue,

Thank you, Sue, for your kind comment. Yes, I truly am excited about the Praise and Coffee Nights! I've been reading about yours and Mel's and they sound like an amazing follow-through to our upcoming County-wide Women's Conference in June...keeping the inspiration and motivation ongoing! Can't wait!!!


Jenn said...

This doesn't pertain to your post, but I wanted to say thank you! for joining with me to pray for Amy Beth a few weeks ago. What a blessing you are!