|The picture in my office|
(This was originally posted back in March of 2010, right after I started work here) Psalm 33:1-3 "Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy."
My friend Laura will appreciate this Psalm as it relates to my being able (or NOT able) to play a piano. You see, Laura and I shared a very similar experience. We were both new pastor's wives many years ago...and we were each asked the very same question (in different places and different times) as our husbands were being interviewed for their first ministry position. The question that was directed to me from the ladies of the church was, "Do you play the piano?" I fearfully responded, "No, I do not play." (Fearfully because I feared that if I couldn't play the piano, my husband might not be called to be the pastor of their church). The woman who was in charge of the interrogation was rather alarmed and said, "But our pastor's wives have always played the piano!" I laughed then and said, "Well, if you like singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or singing hymns to the tune of "Chopsticks", I'll be happy to play for you, but that is all I know how to play!" In my mind I was thinking how interesting it would be to sing "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" to one of those tunes! Somehow my husband was still called to be the Pastor of that church, so I guess my piano skills weren't really all that important after all!
I thought about this story after a little trip this morning to my new place of employment, which happens to be at a church. The women of the church were having a yard sale, and one of the items for sale was a beautiful painting of an elegant room in which stood a baby grand piano and a lovely golden harp. I fell in love with that painting, and just had to have it for my new office. Much to my great surprise and pleasure, the kind ladies of the church who were in charge of the sale gave me the picture with their blessings. We immediately hung it on the wall where I can view it at any time during my hectic day of work and pause to "praise the Lord with the harp" (in my heart) and "make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings". I don't believe I will be able to "play skillfully", but I can surely give a "shout of joy", for "praise from the upright is beautiful"! I wonder if praise from the baby grand is just as beautiful as from the "upright"! (Upright piano, get it? :))
Yes, I am singing this "Psalm of Joy" tonight...joyful that God has heard my prayers...joyful that He is indeed filling my heart with joy as I embrace this new calling in my life. Now if He will just help me do the work that He has given me to do, I will definitely give a "shout of joy"!
Here are some other things that I enjoy looking at in my office when I need to
give my eyes and my mind a break~
|My Victorian Garden Tea Set...which I purchased from our church Yard Sale the first week I was here! Quite a discovery!|
|Angels watching over me!|
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of some of my favorite things in my office!
Be blessed today, my friends!