“This is the Day!”

This Weeks Meditation:  “This is the Day!”
Read: Psalm 118

We sing the song, we love the Psalm, but do we appreciate the day for what it is?  A gift from God, given to us to celebrate, enjoy, and appreciate.  In his book “Out live your life,” Max Lucado tells this story about how our busy days can sometimes keep us from appreciating what is right in front of us.

Max writes, “At 7:54 am, January 12, 2007, a young musician took his position against a wall in a Washington D.C. metro station.  He wore jeans, a long sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap.  He opened his violin case, removed his instrument, threw a few dollars and pocket change into the case as seed money, and began to play.

He played for the next 43 minutes.  He performed 6 classical pieces.  During that time, 1,097 people passed by.  They tossed money to the total of $32.17.  Of the 1,097 people, seven, only seven, paused longer than 60 seconds.  And of the seven, one, only one, recognized the violinist Joshua Bell. Three days prior to this metro appearance staged  by the Washington Post, Bell filled Boston’s Symphony hall, where the cheap tickets went for $100 a seat.  Two weeks after the experiment he played for a standing room only audience in Bethesda, Maryland.  Joshua Bell’s talents can command $1,000 a minute.  That day, in the subway station, he barely earned enough to buy a cheap pair of shoes.

You can’t fault the instrument.  He played a Stradivarius built in the golden period of Stradivari’s career.  It’s worth $3.5 million.  You can’t fault the music.  Bell successfully played a piece from Johann Sebastian Bach that Bell called “one of the greatest achievements of any man in history.”

But scarcely anyone noticed.  No one expected majesty in such a context.  Shoeshine stand to one side, kiosk to the other. People buying magazines, newspapers, chocolate bars, and Lotto tickets.  And who had time?  This was a workday.  This was the Washington workforce.  Government workers mainly, on their way to budget meetings and management sessions.  Who had time to notice beauty in the midst of busyness?  Most did not.

Most of us will someday realize that we didn’t either.  From the perspective of heaven, we’ll look back on these days, these busy, cluttered days, and realize, that Jesus was playing the violin.”

The picture I attached with this weeks meditation is a wonderful example of what it looks like to cherish the moment, cherish the day, cherish the gift, and say thank you Jesus. The young girl has a wonderful smile, is at peace, and seems grateful for her place in this world.  Can we do the same?

Make it personal:  Allow the peace, the presence, and the glory of Christ to transform your day and your week into a new appreciation for the gift of each day we have to live.  Read this Psalm over and over if that will help.

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church