The great composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) lived much of his life in the fear of deafness. He was concerned because he felt the sense of hearing was essential to creating music of lasting value.
When Beethoven discovered that the thing he feared most was coming rapidly upon him, he was most frantic with anxiety. He consulted doctors and tried every possible remedy. But the deafness increased until at last all hearing was gone.
Beethoven finally found the strength he needed to go on despite his great loss. To everyone’s amazement, he wrote some of his greatest music after becoming totally deaf. With all distractions shut out, melodies flooded in on him as fast as his pen could write them down. His deafness became a great asset.
As difficulties come our way, how will we react? How will we respond to the disappointments in life? Will our troubles make us bitter or better – will they make us shabby or strong? Will we listen to the promise of inspiration, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28)? Will we learn from the experience of Paul as he prayed that a thorn be removed from him, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 11:9)?
Beloved, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Remember, we can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13).
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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”