Someone Is Listening

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   July 29, 2012

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I listen to great pianists, watch the Olympic athletes, hear about incredible surgeons. Then I think of the hours of daily practice over the years that brought them to where they are now.

Artur Schnabel, a great pianist of the 20th century, defined great music as music that is composed better than it can be played. I think the same can be said of Christianity.

Only One has ever played the score perfectly, and He was the Composer. Some people have done magnificently. Others seem to forget the score halfway through, while still others never get past the practice stage. Most players are just average.

But the score, as God wrote it, and as our Lord Himself lived it, is the most beautiful the world has ever heard.

There was once a musician in a country where “God’s music” wasn’t allowed to be played. Daily he took out his score of Handel’s Messiah and placed it on the dining room table. Then, on the table, he moved his fingers silently and diligently through the entire score. “He was making music,” commented a friend, “that only God could hear.”

Anything worth doing well takes practice. I listen to great pianists, watch the Olympic athletes, hear about incredible surgeons. Then I think of the hours of daily practice over the years that brought them to where they are now.

It is easy to become casual in a land where Christianity is accepted. If there are any regrets in Heaven, perhaps they will be that given such beautiful music to play—music composed better than it can be played—most of us have practiced so casually, so little.

Taken by permission from “Legacy of a Pack Rat,” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1989 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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7 Comments

  1. Arinze says:

    Mari, you cant help him. Only Jesus can but you can contribute. Read the Word together. Let the Word convinct him. Pray together. If u forgive him, mari, he wont go to hell.

  2. David says:

    I sometimes lost along the christian journey. I need your support in prayer for God s direction on my life . That I should experience the peace of God upon my life and family.

  3. Bill says:

    I believe I was saved when I walked down the isle and accepted Christ when I was about 13. I have been thru a lot since then and sometimes I worry that I have lost my way. I take anti-depressant, anti-anxiety. I want to be useful to the Lord.

  4. Mimi says:

    Mari and Rose Mary, I am praying for you both. God bless!

  5. Ann says:

    Mari, it sounds like your husband isn't truly saved. Satan can deceive us in so many ways, and only Jesus and your husband know for sure. Don't lose hope, Jesus is always with you no matter what. Pray ernestly for him, that he will seek ou the Lord.

  6. Mari says:

    My husband is a Christian but has verbally abused me for our 46 year marriage. How can I help him see that what he is doing is sin in God's eyes and that he will answer for that at His throne? I am at the end of hope

  7. Rose Mary says:

    I would love prayer for my life..I need God's direction…I'm not sure if this is where I should post it but if it isn't, please forward it on..I've always loved the Grahams…God bless them all.