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Fine Tuning

Last Fall our daughter began playing the violin. At the beginning of each lesson her teacher offers a warm smile and extends her hand, gesturing for Rachel to hand over the violin. Ping, ping, ping, are the sounds as she plucks the notes and tightens the strings. With just a few quick maneuvers she is able to fine tune the violin. I find this process mesmerizing. Our daughter has played this instrument all week and yet I can not tell the difference in the sound from one week to the next.

If musical intruments, flutes, harps, (and violins) aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for battle? 1 Corinthians 14: 6-8*

I have always enjoyed the sound of a violin, but honestly have never given it much thought. But since the start lessons I find myself (and our family) tuning our ears to the sound of that instrument. So many songs that we have never realized have a violin playing in the foreground. I must admit, that prior to Rachel’s lessons the only songs I could think of with a violin were songs like “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Cotton-Eyed Joe”, and songs by the groups Alabama and the Dave Matthews Band.

Sing songs to the tune of His glory, set glory to the rhythm of His praise. Psalms 66:1-4*

I wonder how many feel that same way about God? Perhaps some enjoy the concept of God, but honestly never given Him much thought, except for maybe Christmas or Easter.

Dear friend, listen to my words, turn your ears to my voice,

keep my message in plain view at all times- God. Proverbs 4: 20-22*

I have an image of Jesus offering a warm smile and extending his nail scarred hand. He wants us to hand over our life to him and to fine tune our heart. His desire is for our ears to be so finely tuned with Him that we hear the rhythms of His provision, blessing, grace, love, and mercy everywhere we turn. Friend, as you allow God to fine tune your heart, rosin up your bow and put on your dancing shoes! God doesn’t want us to just get through no He wants us to play and DANCE!

Tune me into foot taping songs, set these once broken bones to DANCING! Psalms 51:7-15*

Comfort me so I can live..really live; your revelation is the tune I can DANCE to! Psalms 119:73-80*

God saves and will save me. As the fiddles and mandolins strike up the tunes, we will sing for the rest of our lives in the Sanctuary of God. Isaiah 38:20*


May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:12


I do love the song by “Devil went down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniel’s Band. There is so much symbolism and truth in that song. Johnny represents Jesus, as good verses evil battle it out in a fiddling duel. The truth is the devil is looking for souls to steal. The truth is one day the devil will lay his fiddle at the ground of Jesus’ feet cause he knew he’d been beat. As Jesus says “I’m the best there’s ever been.” Which fiddle player holds your soul?

* All Scripture verses were from the Message Version

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