Luke 22:42 – Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (KJV)
I have watched many guitarists playing, some just by themselves, enjoying their time with the guitar and the music they are playing, others in a band, playing for a group of people to sing. I watch with amazement as they move their fingers from string to string, making the right chords to sound and the music to flow from the instrument. Each of those strings has to be in tune in order for the right sound to come out of the guitar. Occasionally, I have watched someone tune their guitar. They pick the first string, listen to it, and then either tighten it or loosen it a bit. Once it is satisfactory, they go on to the next one, bending over it and listening carefully to make sure it is in tune as well. They continue on with the rest of the strings, then strum a few chords until they are completely satisfied that all is well. The guitar is in the owner's hand, stretching as the owner commands.
I see a likeness between the guitar and our lives. Our Master wants the right tunes to come flowing out of us as well. He bends over us, stretching us here, stretching us there, listening to see if the right melody is coming from deep within. If it isn't the right chord, He continues to stretch us, waiting to see if the new chord, the right chord, will come forth.
What is that right chord that He is longing to hear? I would like to suggest that He wants to hear us whisper, "Not my will, but Thine be done." Then, and only then, will He be satisfied with the music coming from our souls. Let's yield to the Lord's stretching times in our lives.
Prayer: Oh God, so many times we are stretched and stretched, but we don't pay attention to the music that is coming from our souls. We carry on in our own merry little way. And yet, that stretching is for a reason. Help us to yield to that stretching and gladly say, "Not my will, but Thine be done." We love You. Amen.