Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beautiful Music

This morning I watched a video of a very moving rendition of the song "It is Well".  It is one of my favorite songs, simply because of the story behind it.  I watched the video a couple of times just because it touches my heart.  As the video played for the second time I had one of those moments where the Lord spoke to my heart so powerfully, He may as well have been in the room next to me.  And what He spoke to my heart had absolutely nothing to do with the song, "It is Well". 

You see, I have this very old Fuji FinePix S2 Pro camera.  My husband bought it on Ebay for me a couple of years ago.  It was supposed to be the camera that I learned on and then I was going to spend some money on a nice, new, up to date camera.  However, through my husband and I both losing our jobs and having to take much less paying ones, I have not been able to purchase a new camera.


Fuji FinePix S2 Pro

I have complained and fretted and been very
discouraged about this old camera.  A lot of the functions don't always work and the quality of my photos seems to really vary (probably user error).  Nevertheless, I have been quite a baby about the whole camera issue.  There have been many shoots that I haven't attended with my photography group just out of sheer discouragement that the camera wouldn't work.  Needless to say, I have probably made my husband feel terrible about the fact that he can't afford to buy me a new one right now and today, after watching this music video this morning, I am ashamed that I have done that!

You see, during the second time I played the video, I noticed a close up of the artist's guitar.  All you could see was his hand strumming the face of the guitar.  Suddenly, I noticed that the guitar was quite old and beaten up.  It was scratched and scarred and not very pretty to look at.  BUT, the music that he was able to produce with that beat up old instrument was beautiful, inspiring and a gift!  Right at that moment, the Lord brought my old beat up camera to my mind.  I thought of how many photos I have taken with that old thing that have stirred me...moved me.  I have even received many compliments on some of them. 

So, you see, I knew in an instant that the Lord wanted me to quit complaining about what I have and use it to take the best pictures that I can.  Maybe some day I will get a new camera and maybe I won't.  But I'm glad that I haven't gotten one so far, because I wouldn't have had this precious moment where I came to be grateful and appreciative of what I have!

I hope that you watched the video at the beginning of this post because I know you probably didn't even notice the condition of the guitar.  Now I would like you to watch it again and appreciate the music that was made with a not so perfect instrument!  God uses us as we are, broken, scarred, worn out and tired...but He makes beautiful music out of it all!  Our lives are precious and valuable and to be shared...no matter the condition we are in!  Glory to God!





UPDATE:  My wonderful hubby just bought me a Nikon D7000!!!!  Wait til you see what beautiful music I will make now!!!!

        
PS  Here is the history behind the song "It Is Well."

17 comments:

  1. Ooo...love this, Erin! Can you get your camera fixed? So glad I got to read this. God has always used those instruments that sit closest to His feet! And you are one! Be blessed!

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  2. This is a great reminder he is in every moment of our daily lives.

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  3. Erin,

    Again, a very meaningful nugget. The song is beautiful. The music is beautiful. Your revelation is beautiful.

    God loves you so much, He personally showed you that you are fully supplied. God is meeting, has met and will continue to meet our every need, when we trust and walk after Him.

    I had a little nugget today. I was thinking of how every person is so valuable to God, no matter what condition they are in currently. His love can restore even if they consider themselves too "run down and used up" to be loved. I thought of an historic building, beautiful in it's prime but so delapidated that its beauty is no longer recognizable. But when someone sees the potential in that buiding, it can be restored to its original magnificence and even better. I thought of God as the one who sees the person as He created them to be, not what they have become. And when accepted as the "architect", renews that life, one step at a time.

    People, guitars, cameras, anything can be used to glorify God with the right heart in or behind them/it.

    Your pictures are created by the talent God gave you. Most would never know if they were taken by a $100.00 camera or a $1,000.00 camera. And those that can and think it matters are looking at just the picture, not the heart of the picture.
    Keep blessing and being blessed with the pictures you take.

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  4. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that. :)

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  5. Thanks so much, Elizabeth. The Lord chastised me so gently that day. He's such a good Father!

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  6. Beautiful story...

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  7. Thank you! I received a gentle nudging from the Lord.

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  8. What are the most beautiful pieces of classical music you know?

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  9. Erin, a good lesson to learn for sure. You know it's the artist, not the paint brush that creates the great art! Plus, I noticed you have a Nikon lens cap, that should count for something!

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  10. Marty, YOU have taught me alot! I forgot to mention that I have a couple of Nikon lenses!

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  11. Hello Erin. I'm listening to your playlist. This blog show the care of love you have for your family. (HUGS) Keep creating. Debby

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  12. Thanks so much, Debby! I love writing!

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  13. Ah, yes. Sometimes I feel like an old beat up guitar - like whenever I look in the mirror! Thanks for reminding me that old instruments can still make beautiful music. (As a musician, this resonates with me very well.) Thanks for the pick-me-up!

    Wendi

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  14. Thanks for stopping by, Wendi! I bet you are beautiful and you make beautiful music! I appreciate you!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  15. If I am blind to the truth will you give me small nuggets of wisdom in my cup?

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  16. eb-5,
    I'm not sure what you mean by that, but I hope that you enjoyed my post! Come back anytime and visit.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  17. What music would be good for 4-5year old kids to listen to while they are skating?

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Thank you for giving us a little nugget of truth from your heart!

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