Plinkings And Plunkings

July 18, 1999
by Kathleen Ageton

Romans 11:33 – O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! (KJV)

Although I am by no means accomplished in playing the guitar, I can actually bring pleasant sounds out of it. I am getting better at it. There is a true sense of accomplishment in bringing a tune out of that instrument. I'm proud and amazed that my fingers are learning and strengthening. Where once there were only plinkings and plunkings, now there is deliberate plucking in patterns that unfold in melodies and harmonies. Reading music and converting it into sound is like opening a surprise. I know it's something good, but I can't quite figure out what it is until I work through the strings and paper and lines and notes that hold it together. But when it does open up, I say: "Oh yes, I see now. Isn't it lovely!" Then I want to turn it over in my hands, try it again, play with it. When it's time to put the guitar away, I think about what it will sound like when I work the strings and fingers and paper and memory again.

I find that reading scripture is like reading music. It sometimes seems a big jumble until I work through it. Just reading the words doesn't always bring out the deeper tones and harmonies and meanings. It is when we "work" the scripture into our lives and let it play out in our actions, that we can truly grasp how beautiful it is.

Prayer: Lord, You are good. Thank You that You reveal Yourself to us. Help us to be doers of Your word that we might know You more. Amen.

About the author:

Kathleen Ageton <katbabc@hotmail.com>
Wailuku, Hawaii, USA

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