When faced with life's challenges,
it is Important to Remember
that although Daniel was saved from the lions,
he was not saved from the Lion's Den.

Friday, March 11, 2011


A few weeks ago, I heard another story in church.  This one was about a classic pianist and composer.  His name was Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941).  
He was an amazing composer and had a brilliant career as a concert pianist performing all over the world.
As the fictional story goes, he was preparing to give a concert one evening when a group of admirers came to the concert hall. One of those was a mother with her young son.
The young mother was talking with her friends and the young boy got bored with the conversation.  The boy left his seat and wondered away.  He found himself on stage with a beautiful grand piano.  He sat down on the bench and started playing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the keys.
The curtains parted and a spotlight lit the grand piano and the small boy. The mother looked up and spotted her young son as he was playing softly.
Paderewsky quickly walked up behind the boy on the piano bench, sat down beside him and put his arms around the boy and began playing along with the child as he told him to “Go ahead, keep playing, you're doing great. That's it, keep it up. You're okay.  Come on keep going.” The audience was mesmerized as the master played alongside the novice. When they finished, the audience exploded in applause.

Even though that story is probably pure fiction, (Ok, so I am a pessimist at times)  there are some great lessons that we can still learn from it. A lot of the things we do for our Heavenly Father are probably like this small boy's attempt at "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", in the concert hall all by himself, but when our Master and Savior comes in, the music we make together can be totally amazing.  We need Him as we go through this life.  We need His wisdom, mercy, strength and Love, to see us through to the end.  No matter how little our best seems on the piano of life, He can step up beside us and make it wonderful.  It is His talents that bring out the best in us.  Together with Him, we can be all that He needs us to be.  


  1. A beautiful story! I hope it's true. But even if not, it's given me a wonderful visual . . .

  2. What a perfect photo. Especially love the reflection.