Could God play “Brahms’s Lullaby” using just a bass drum?
There are times in our lives when we need to ask ourselves preposterous questions about our God. Scripture requires it. If God is able to “[carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20 AMP… then that should change everything in our lives.
If God could carry out his purposes by exceeding our greatest prayers, hopes and dreams… if our imaginations can’t begin to go as far as his abilities… if He could indeed play a lullaby using only a bass drum – then we need to quit fussing and worrying about anything in our lives and turn our trust loose.
Doesn’t the Bible show us amazing pictures of God at work painting on the darkest canvas?
- It was a black backdrop for the widow on her funeral walk to bury her only son. (Luke 7:11-17) But the finished picture was dazzling with radiated life.
- The canvas had never been darker than for the three Hebrew men as they were led to the roaring furnace (Daniel 3), but after spending time in the flames, accompanied by the Son of God, they came forth in one of the most astounding and bright pictures in the Old Testament.
- The skies above the frightened disciples were cloudy on the day Jesus left them to return to heaven, (Acts 1) but the arrival of the Holy Spirit with tongues of fire ushered in a brightness that has transformed the world.
Few stories of God’s intervention were painted on white canvas, for God comes to us in times of trouble, when the lights of tomorrow have seemingly been extinguished by unfavorable circumstance. Jobs are lost, health is taken, friends disappear and the world around us seems almost unlivable.
But God can (and does) work well in less than ideal circumstances. Wind and waves bow to his authority. Insubordination and wickedness cower before Him. He takes nothing and makes from it a glorious monument to his transforming power and skillful artistry.
Refuse to see only what our five senses tell us during this time of pandemic and political upheaval. The canvas may look dark at the moment, but the Prince of Peace, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father has a picture in mind that will stun this world.
“Man’s futile wrath will bring you glory. You will use it as an ornament!”
Psalm 76:10 TLB