MUSIC OF THE SOUL
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:”
2 Corinthians 5:17
K. Duncan shares this encouraging story about Paganini, the great Italian violinist. He was born in Genoa in 1782.
The story is told that Paganini came out before his audience one day and made the discovery just as the applause ended that there was something wrong with his violin. He looked at it a second and then saw that it was not his famous and valuable violin, but a cheap substitute.
He felt paralyzed for a moment, then turned to his audience and told them there had been some mistake and he did not have his own violin. He stepped back behind the curtain thinking that it was still where he had left it, but discovered that someone had stolen his violin and left this old second-hand one in its place.
Paganini remained back of the curtain for a moment, then came out before his audience and said:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I will show you that the music is not in the instrument but in the soul."
And he played as he had never played before; and out of that secondhand instrument, the music poured forth until his audience was enraptured with enthusiasm, and the applause almost lifted the roof off the building, because the man had revealed to them that the music was not in the instrument but in his own soul.
Too often in life, we feel bound by the instrument we are given to play. Whether it’s the cards we have been dealt - our upbringing, our past, our looks, our abilities or some other aspect of life, it is always tempting to allow some external to determine the quality of the life we each live.
The demon possessed man who could not be chained by the townspeople was soon to be clothed and in his right mind after an encounter with Jesus. He wanted to leave behind those who had given him up to chains and the tombs, but Jesus bid him to return home and tell of God’s mercy.
It is believed that this man may have been the catalyst for the Gentile crowd that gathered for the feeding of the 4,000. At one time it was thought his life was best lived out among the tombs. However, after an encounter with Jesus, he had a song in his soul that he needed to share and others needed to hear. So the question that comes to mind is, “What song is being proclaimed from your soul?”
See you Sunday,