Once upon a time, there was a man who was lost deep in the forest. He was cold and hungry as he wandered endlessly throughout the darkness of the night. To his relief, he happened to come upon an old log hut where there lived a hermit. The old man welcomed him in to the warmth of his home and gave him some food. As they enjoyed the comfort of the flaming fireplace, the kind old hermit picked up his well-used, beat-up violin and began to play some old, screechy tunes on it.
The visitor asked the hermit if he could play the instrument. The old man tried to talk him out of it. He explained that it took him a long time to learn how to play that violin. But the visitor insisted on trying.
Handing him that old violin, the visitor tucked it under his chin, raised the bow and slid it smoothly across the strings. Suddenly, the whole hut was filled with beautiful music as warm and comforting as the fire before them. In fact, the wonderful sound brought the hermit to tears.
To his amazement and delight, the hermit learned that the visitor in his old hut was none other than one of the most renowned musicians of his time, a Norwegian violinist by the name of Ole Bull (1810-1880). Although he was a master composer and artist who toured all throughout Europe and America, Ole Bull wasn’t known by everyone, especially the hermit.
Not only did that old hermit discover his visitor’s identity that night, he also realized how even an old beat-up violin can produce the most beautiful sound when it is played with the hands of a master musician. The same goes with us. We may feel as worn and beaten as that old violin. But if we give our lives over to the hands of our heavenly Master, he will produce the most beautiful tune we could ever imagine. Our lives will be brighter as we prepare for the Kingdom of God if we submit and commit to the Master’s touch. (Adapted from Springs In the Valley, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.)
From the scriptures, we find many instances where the Master’s touch made a drastic difference in many torn and tattered lives. With holy hands, Jesus healed persons who were blind (Matt. 9:29-30), and deaf and mute (Mark 7:32-35). With a loving touch, he restored health to those suffering from leprosy (Luke 5:12-13), crippling diseases (Luke 13:11-13), convulsions (Mark 9:25-27); and deadly fever (Mark 1:30-31). He even reattached the ear of a high priest’s servant when Peter sliced it off with a sword in the garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:50-51). Not only that, his touch brought a dead person back to life (Matthew 9:24-26). And in one case, the young son of a widow was raised to life when Jesus simply touched the stand upon which his corpse was laid (Luke 7:14-15). There were also times people were restored when they were the ones who touched Jesus (Matt. 14:35-36; Luke 8:33-34; 16:18-19).
Jesus continues to touch our lives today through the truth of his Word and the transformation we undergo through the Power of his Spirit (Romans 12:1-2). The lesson we learn about the violinist is similar to a poem by Myra Brooks Welch and sung by Wayne Watson titled, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” May the message along with the melody touch your heart as much as it does mine:
Good News to You!