Tuning up and staying tuned

The often silly world we live in suggests that we stay in tune with nature.   Nature is marvelous and we have a moral obligation to clean up the mess we’ve made and also prevent further losses.

This is a Vancouver Island’s west coast collection of plastic that beach walkers had piled up.  Nature groans beneath the weight of abuse.

I always try to shed light on my pathway.  You already know that I play guitar and like having it in tune and keeping it in tune.  How I wish life was that easy.

The more we tune and tweak the tuning the happier we will be as players and  audience.  But what about keeping my life in tune?  How do I accomplish that?  How do I find the right pitch?  What brings unity and harmony?   I do know what discord sounds like.  I know what sour notes sound like and I’ve struggled to finish a solo part with a broken string dangling from the guitar.   Who hasn’t had a broken heart from time to time? 

There may be one satisfactory answer concerning these questions.  Here it is.  Jesus is like a tuning fork.  He sets the exact frequency for us who are His instruments.  When we tune to Him we are suited for God’s orchestra, as it were.

As the tuning fork is struck it sends forth a measured vibration full of purest sound.  Christ’s perfect pitch can be heard above the noises of our painful world.  Above the mourning and sighing.  Above the sound of gunfire and war.  Above the racket of  progress.  Above spouted angry words or cheering sports fans or human wisdom speeches.  Need I say more?

Above all the noise and clamour comes the true tone of the loving voice of the very Son of God.  We have to listen carefully and become familiar with His voice, but not just His voice, also His message, His calling, His instructions and His freeing comfort and help.

An example of hearing His voice is as follows.  

In the Lord’s prayer, (Matthew 6:12) we read “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”   Can we tune our lives to that?      And it gets plainer than that.  In verses 14 and 15, Jesus said, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins.

May the Lord help me and you to obey Jesus even when it is very hard, so that we are walking in step, in tune with Him.


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