As a young girl, my parents bought me an old, cheap and sorely used piano. While I was thankful to finally have an instrument, there was one big problem – it was totally out of tune. One week I distinctly remember learning a new song in the key of G. Sadly I forgot to play the F-key as sharp practicing that mistake until my lesson day. When the teacher saw what I was doing, she couldn’t believe it, “Can’t you hear that you are playing the wrong key?” But the truth was – I couldn’t!
For with that piano, all the songs sounded the same whether I played the right keys or not. Everything was “off-key”! So what does this have to do with hearing God? I believe our ability to clearly hear God with correct understanding is naturally based on the “pitch quality” of our life experiences.
When you are born into a dysfunctional family (and everyone is to some extent!), your experiences shape your thoughts and behaviors, as well as the choices you are prone to make in your life. Like playing that off-key instrument, it doesn’t matter if you are playing the wrong keys or the right ones, for until you are tuned by God, you will be incapable of recognizing truth.
Sadly, I lived this dilemma for decades. I’ll never forget when God revealed my problem by relating it to that crippled and broken piano. In a still soft voice that I could sense deep within my spirit, I felt Him say,“Barb, I know your heart to do the right thing, but like playing that out of tune instrument, you are hearing my voice but not understanding what I really saying to you.” Shortly afterwards, I found a fascinating discovery in the book of Acts 28:26-27. It says:
‘ Go to this people and say:
“ Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;
And seeing you will see, and not perceive;
27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”’
Suddenly, I realized that I was the one who couldn’t understand. I was the one unable to perceive where I was “off-key”, and I was the one who needed to turn my heart to God. And you know what? Like the prodigal son, God ran to meet me where I was – so He could heal me and make me whole.
So I can play my life’s song in perfect pitch!
Seeing with my eyes, Hearing with my ears, and Understanding with my heart…..
YEA GOD for the His journey for you and me!