This weekend was, as usual, a wonderful one – and full of mistakes! While I wish I was the kind of person who always did things the right way the first time, nothing could be further from the truth. Every time I turn around I’m messing something up, or having something blow up in my face. But you know, I’m learning that this is a real blessing!
Take this weekend, for example:
A Musical Mishap
My wife and I just returned from vacation and saw that my wife was scheduled to sing a Sunday Morning solo. She asked me to play the piano for her, and we practiced a song entitled What Love Is This by Kari Jobe. I knew it was a beautiful song, but I didn’t really let the words sink in. Well, until we messed up, that is!
During the Sunday Morning service Janelle lost her place in the music, and jumped back to repeat the bridge of the song a second time. It could have been a complete disaster. As Janelle put it, “I saw the train wreck approaching and just decided to jump on board!” But it wasn’t a train wreck. In His grace, God brought the words to the bridge to the front of her mind, and allowed me to realize what happened. In a split second that most people didn’t even notice, she glanced over to see me flip a few pages back to where she was in the music, we shared a knowing grin, and though the song ended up a little more lengthy than it was intended to be, we didn’t miss a beat.
Sometimes it is in those moments, when our own ability fails us and the only way we make it through is to have God carry us, that are the most worshipful of all. As Janelle sang the bridge once again in her impromptu repeat, I started listening to what the words were actually saying for the first time, she raised her hands in worship, and a few men from the congregation shouted, “Amen!”
And I realized that instead of beating myself up each time I make a small mistake, I should thank God for them. Sometimes I believe the Lord allows us to trip up every once in a while so we’ll be humbled, so we’ll realize how much we need Him, so we’ll let Him carry us for a while, and so our hearts can worship. Don’t you see? The very mistakes that we avoid like the plague can actually be gateways to deeper worship in our lives.
Have you made any meaningful mistakes lately?
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
What Love Is This? – Kari Jobe