Saturday, March 20, 2010
A Second Chance...
I am so grateful that God gives us second chances and new opportunities in life. If He didn't, then I wouldn't have been given a second chance to play the violin!
I have been praying for a violin for months and desiring to play again, after I foolishly quit when I was 13ish. I didn't value the violin lessons my parents made me take for 7 years when I was little. I would give anything to go back and realize at the time what a gift it was! But thankfully the Lord is gracious to His kids, and today He answered my prayers for a violin!
I had told my piano professor that I play violin and he asked me to play in a concert at the end of next month. Well, I told him that I would love to but I didn't have a violin! His brother happened to have one that he is selling (for just over $50 - which is an incredible price!) So he brought it to me to use for the concert and if I like it to buy it!
It isn't the best quality violin but I think it has a pretty good sound. It took me a little while to tune it because the pegs wouldn't stay in place!! And at first I didn't think I would be able to use it but then I started praying again - and I decided to thank and praise God for answering my prayers! And then when I tried tuning it again the pegs stayed and I started playing and it sounded beautiful.
I am amazed that I spent over an hour practicing and messing around on it! Practicing for 20 minutes used to feel like torture to me. I was also amazed that I remembered a lot of the Vivaldi song I used to play. (Thank God for the suzuki method!)
Well it is funny because I started remembering all the things I hated about the violin when I was little. First of all I hated that I had to cut my nails. Well today I went running to grab the nail clipper! Also I hated getting the violin out of the case and "setting it up" (how lazy was I?) I used to think that if only I could leave the violin all set up on the table then I would be more inclined to want to practice - just grabbing it on the way by. Another thing that I hated is that my hands would get so sweaty when I practiced! Well that problem still exists today - but now I really don't care since I am so happy to play again. Also I hated keeping it on my shoulder cause I would get so tired and I wished that I could sit down while I practiced. Well my shoulder did hurt after awhile today, but it was totally worth it! And it feels good to have my fingers a little swollen after playing.
Oh how I love the Lord and His goodness to me! He knows what I need WAY better than I know myself. And His perfect plan ALWAYS prevails...no matter how foolish I am. I am so thankful that my foolishness never stops Him from carrying out His purposes for me in my life.