the quietest instrument

My oldest son plays one of the quietest instruments in all of the orchestra, the viola.  Haven’t heard of it?  Neither had I until he choose it.  It accompanies the violin, playing back-up harmony.  You think the violin is quiet, just listen to the deeper tone of the viola.  Beautiful sound and quality, but very quiet.  I love when the sound plays softly around our home.

He plays for both the church orchestra and school orchestra.  He played in his school musical this passed weekend.  The more I watch him over this last year, I know his passion for playing the viola is growing.

But his instrument is the quietest instrument on stage, at any event.  The sound of the viola is overpowered by the big, powerful, loud instruments.  Overpowered by brass and percussion and electronic instruments.

His heart for playing blesses me.   He loves to use his instrument as his way to worship his Creator.  His heart shows in his use and choice of his instrument.  Because, for my son, it does not matter whether he is heard or not.  He does not care if his instrument is overpowered, he does not care if he can be seen, he is just glad to be playing his instrument.

In the same way, girlie has no voice.  She has little to offer to others and to God.  She can’t put her thoughts into words.  She is unable to advocate for herself, unable to speak for herself, unable to worship with her voice.  But her just showing up, just living and being and breathing, is an offering of praise to her creator.  Her gladness of life is the blessing.

She offers a visible reminder of so many amazing gifts of God and qualities of God’s character.

Girlie glorifies God just as she is, in her quiet, in her stillness, in her inability, in her “un-ness”.

In the same way, I can just be and glorify God.  He does not want my self-promotion, my loud self-acclamation, my loud advocating.  He wants my obedience, my following His direction and His Word, every single day.

“let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:4

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3 thoughts on “the quietest instrument

  1. How creatively you compare the viola to your girlie, yourself, and cause us to wonder how viola-like we are, too. I love this: “He does not want my self-promotion, my loud self-acclamation, my loud advocating. He wants my obedience, my following His direction and His Word, every single day.” Simple. Beautiful. Powerful.

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