March 6, 2015
My youngest daughter loves the cello and plays quite well. Her favorite musician is the great cellist, Yo Yo Ma, whom my oldest daughter had the privilege of seeing in concert a couple weeks ago. After the concert, he shared that his cello is a Stradivarius built in 1716! I was flipping channels the other day and stumbled on a program about vintage instruments and some principles intrigued me.
The narrator explained that the finest acoustic guitars are made from very thin layers of tone woods. The sound quality is largely determined by their thinness. He went on to say how critical it is to keep a guitar at the wood’s natural moisture level, about 45% relative humidity. If not, the wood cracks and the once beautiful tone takes on a deadened sound. Of course, you can still play it, but it won’t make the beautiful sound it was designed and built to produce. He took a “broken guitar” and placed it in a room at 45% humidity. Three days later the wood expanded to its original size, the cracks closed, and the guitar sounded beautiful, just like new.
The narrator continued talking about how we are made up primarily of water … and how we start have problems if we become dehydrated. That got me thinking. We were created by God and designed in His image … finer than the finest instrument. He made us to make spiritual music … the fruit of our faith, to glorify His name. Just as the guitar needs moisture to prevent cracking … we need to be filled with the Living Water of Christ Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, and God’s grace. We need it in and around us. In the absence Jesus Christ, the true living water and source for all spiritual healing and power in our lives, we crack. Like a cracked guitar, we will still make music … but ouch! The sound will carry a deadness, and so will our works and actions. Our hearts will soon ache with the hardening that spiritual dehydration brings and the dead sound we produce.
Today, think about your spirit and soul. Do you go to the well often enough to keep hydrated? Does your sound replicate that of a fine instrument … or is it muted with an unwanted deadness? Soak in the living waters that flow from Jesus Christ … truly believe in and practice His teachings and watch those cracks close up before your eyes. If you choose to practice life according to your own rules, you will hear the deadened sounds of your life in your heart. Whether you are hydrating with Living Water or you are using the contaminated water of this world, which leads only to spiritual dehydration, is your decision, so choose well.
Dear Father God, I come to You, dry, parched, dehydrated and cracked. I know You created me to make spiritual music, but all that is coming from me lately are dead notes. Fill me, Father, with “streams of living water” so that my cracks heal and close … so that I make beautiful music as You intended. Thank You, Lord, for Your Son Jesus Christ, who gave us life and gave it so freely. I pray this in the name of the One who filled all the cracks in my heart; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1