“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
There is a story told about the great Italian violinist, Paganini, where he once stepped onstage only to discover just as the audience was ending their applause that there was something wrong with his violin.
He looked at the instrument for a moment and suddenly realized it was not his best and most valuable one. In fact, the violin was not his at all. Momentarily he felt paralyzed, but he quickly turned to his audience, telling them there had been some mistake and he did not have his own violin.
He stepped back behind the curtain, thinking he must have left it backstage, but discovered that someone had stolen his and left the inferior one in its place.
After remaining behind the curtain for a moment, Paganini stepped onstage again to speak to the audience. He said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I will now demonstrate to you that the music is not in the instrument but in the soul.”
Then he played as never before, and beautiful music flowed from that inferior instrument until the audience was completely enraptured. He had indeed revealed to them that the music was not in his instrument but in his own soul!
It is my prayer that our life testimony as you walk onto the stage of this world will reveal to all that the music of our life lies not in your circumstances but in our soul…amen!