I came across this parable recently:
“Imagine a family of mice who lived all their lives in a large piano. To them in their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony. At first the mice were impressed by it. They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was someone who made the music – though invisible to them – above, yet close to them. They loved to think of the Great Player whom they could not see.
Then one day a daring mouse climbed up part of the piano and returned very thoughtful. He had found out how music was made. Wires were the secret; tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths which trembled and vibrated. They must revise all their old beliefs: none but the most conservative could any longer believe in the Unseen Player.
Later, another explorer carried the explanation further. Hammers were now the secret, numbers of hammers dancing and leaping on the wires. This was a more complicated theory, but it all went to show that they lived in a purely mechanical and mathematical world. The Unseen Player came to be thought of as a myth.
– But the pianist continued to play.”
However our secular world may like to explain away God, those of us who are in a relationship with him will know the reality of his hand on our life. What others call coincidence, we have seen happen too many times to equate it with anything other than answers to prayer and the providence of God. What others might call ‘false hopes’, ‘presumption’, ‘a leap in the dark’, we know to be a considered response to the clear evidence of God in our world and our life. However loudly our world may protest at our beliefs, the melody still plays on and God is at work in our lives.
Regularly I witness ways in which God is at work amongst us: answered prayers, people clearly growing in their understanding of their Saviour, others strengthened in the midst of trial, acts of love and sacrifice in our midst. God continues on, playing out his plan and building his kingdom.
If I can push the parable, the great wonder and joy is that God uses us as musicians in this symphony. He calls us to play a part in bringing the melody of his love and provision to a lost, and sometimes tone-deaf world. Our ears have been opened to the beauty of the melody of Christ’s death for all who would turn to him.
What a wonderful thing it is to be part of the symphony. And it’s as we listen to the beauty of that tune, that we will not be able to help ourselves humming it, singing it and living it, in the presence of those around us (Matthew 16:16-18).