Wednesday, December 06, 2006
guts and glory
Two weeks ago I bought a piano. Yeah... a big purchase. :)
When I came to Ecuador three years ago (November 2003), I brought with me a little Yamaha keyboard, donated by a family in my home church. I believe it was a blessing in the church here in Bastion and especially because it enabled me to spend time teaching a couple keen students to play that first year. Raúl (now 20), caught on so quickly and now takes turns with me on Sunday mornings. It is he who has been playing for youth group events, and on his own keyboard that he purchased a year ago. :)
In September, Dale asked me "Janna, what are your goals, now that we have started to do some formal worship practices with some of these youth...?"And I had to tell him that I love worship, but I had no goals, because fankly, there wasn't much joy in making music from that little tin box of a keyboard. :)
So since then, God has been patiently helping me get up the guts to make the purchase. And the truth is, I have really felt "Him" in this decision. It's cool that the LORD cares so much about these things and longs to be glorified in our little faith. I did wrestle. (Anyone who knows me well knows that I don't just make decisions involving chunks of money easily.) Anyways, the struggle is over and the joy is mine. Two weeks ago Dale and I went downtown to a couple of the best shops in the city and came home with a beautiful electric piano (ain't no keyboard), complete with a bunch of synthezied sound options...and SWEET weighted keys. It feels like a baby grand. :) (It's no Roland, for those who know what's out there...but it's great, and within my price range.)
Yes, the joy is mine...and Raúl's...and I pray it will bring blessing to many more. And most of all, may it bring glory to the Giver of good gifts, who gives us the joy of music in the first place.