What I heard exceeded my expectations, what I saw shocked me.
Since I took piano lessons for eight years and only learned three rudimentary pieces, I am overly impressed by musical talent. I have none. I cannot sing and I cannot read music.
My dad quips,
It took me twenty years to learn to play the radio.
So when I heard the ivories generating a melody of notes and chords, it snagged my attention.
Psalm 149:3, “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” KJV
For reasons I won’t disclose, I consult with a specialist 966 miles away from home. My disease is rare and the treatments prescribed have improved my strength greatly, so the inconvenience is worth the travel. The university hospital clinic is expansive and a grand piano is situated in the center of the lobby. It’s,slick and shiny, oil-like surface.seems out-of-place in the sterile environment.
Job 5:8-9, “If I were in your shoes, I’d go straight to God. I’d throw myself on the mercy of God. After all, he’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises.” MSG
As I entered, I was disappointed the piano was idle and covered. But as I exited, I heard music being coaxed from the keys and was soothed and impressed. As I neared the artist seated on the bench, I noticed she wore shorts and a T-shirt, which seemed odd for such a competent musician. Like many accomplished pianists, she was not looking at the keys, but not for the usual reasons. When I noticed a white cane protruding from beneath the bench, I realized she was blind.
Isaiah 43:21, “The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My praise.” NASB
It would be easy to dwell on all the things I cannot do because of myasthenia gravis. Passionate about physical activity and fitness, I am confined to a body whose muscles fatigue with everyday activities most people take for granted. In fact, the more I do, the less I am able to do. If I could describe this disease in one word: frustrating.
Philippians 4:11, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” ESV
I asked my doctor’s permission to try exercise since I am improving. He consented. Unfortunately, my mental ambitiousness exceeds my physical capability. I am utterly drained by heat and minimal activity. In addition, despite eight years of instruction, I can play little more than Chopsticks on the piano. There are many things I cannot do.
1 Corinthians 12:7, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” NLT
I believe God has uniquely equipped me just the way He wants in order for me to serve Him and bring Him glory. I believe He has equipped you also. Your gift is to help others. I could wallow in what I cannot do and I would be miserable, probably everyone around me would be too.
The works He appointed me to do would go undone if I focused on what I cannot do. It is a natural temptation, but deadly.
Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” HCSB
With all my heart, I believe in a sovereign God who sees a bigger picture. He wants what is best for me and I simply must accept it. There is complete peace in surrender. Instead of focusing on what I cannot do, I choose to focus on what I can do. I am enabled by my disability to uniquely serve Him. So are you.
Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” NIV
— Vickie Henderson (@rightsideuplife) July 29, 2015
Do you see what I see? I see your ability, not your limitations.
Do what you CAN do.