FOL­LOW THE MELODY

Activated - - NEWS - By Rosane Pereira Rosane Pereira is an English teacher and writer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional.

In The Sound of Mu­sic1, the mother su­pe­rior tells Fraulein Maria, the bois­ter­ous pos­tu­lant nun, to leave the con­vent to help a mother­less large fam­ily. When she protests, the abbess asks her, “What is the most im­por­tant thing you have learned dur­ing your time in the abbey?” “To find out what is the will of God,” Maria replies, “and do it whole­heart­edly.” And so she goes, al­beit quite scared, to ful­fill the greater pur­pose God had for her life and even­tu­ally find her happy end­ing.

When I was young, I was puz­zled by the choice that Je­sus made in the Gar­den of Geth­se­mane. He wept, He prayed … and then He yielded, say­ing:

“My Fa­ther! If it is pos­si­ble, let this cup of suf­fer­ing be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 2

He didn’t have to die, but He did so, for our sake. This con­cept is some­thing I’ve al­ways strug­gled with, but I’ve been try­ing to learn.

Once when I had just had a baby, my hus­band was asked to drive a group of young peo­ple to a three­day Chris­tian sem­i­nar in Cór­doba, Ar­gentina. He was a good driver and the only per­son the or­ga­niz­ers and par­ents trusted for this as­sign­ment. How­ever, I was mis­er­able at the thought of him leav­ing right then, and I let my feel­ings be known, which made things un­com­fort­able. It was only when I de­cided to ac­cept that it was the right plan that my soul felt at ease, and in the end, every­thing ended up work­ing out just fine. My hus­band’s trip was a suc­cess, while I was well cared for by dear friends.

A mod­ern Chris­tian leader said that life is like a beau­ti­ful melody play­ing all the time; we just have to learn how to tune in to it. As Fraulein Maria sang, “The hills are alive with the sound of mu­sic”—the Cre­ator’s mu­sic is play­ing every­where, and we can par­tic­i­pate in His orches­tra by do­ing His will on a daily ba­sis. It doesn’t mat­ter what in­stru­ment we play, or even if we can only clap our hands—we can all be a part of His won­der­ful sym­phony!

1. Robert Wise. 20th Cen­tury Fox, 1965.

2. Matthew 26:39 NLT

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