Making Harmony

Written by M. Larson

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Our Children’s Sunday School Assembly time had ended and I had dismissed the children to their classes.  The singing time had been a near disaster.  Three out of four times I had gotten the starting note wrong and had been embarrassed. Once I had confusedly said, “I’m sorry, children, but I guess I just didn’t hear the starting note correctly.  We’d better start again.”

After I dismissed the children that day I said to the 14-year-old pianist, “I’m sorry, Chris, but I just couldn’t seem to get the starting notes today!”

She snapped back.  “You’re never able to do anything right, are you?”

I was shocked.  How dare this child speak to an adult that way?  I didn’t say anything more, but my first reactions were anything but the right ones.

We can’t have this kind of conflict going on in our assembly, I thought, while driving home that day. How can God bless unless there is love, respect, and cooperation between the workers!

Talking Things Out

After dinner I realized I should pray about the situation.  The Lord had a solution, I knew.  This girl was precious in His sight, and talented, too.  The way I handled this situation might make a difference in her life as well as mine.

When I knelt before the Lord, it seemed as if He was saying, “The answer to this situation is for you to humble yourself.  Call Chris and talk this matter out in a Christian way.”

So I called Chris that afternoon. “Chris,” I said, “I don’t know why you spoke to me the way you did today, but I’d like to get to the bottom of it.  I don’t believe the Lord can bless unless you and I can work harmoniously together.  So I want you to know right off that I’m truly sorry if I’ve ever unwittingly hurt or offended you.”

“Well, to tell the truth,” she answered, “I’ve always had the feeling that I couldn’t play well enough to suit you.”

“I’m truly sorry if I’ve given you that impression, Chris,” I said, “for I really think you play quite well.  I believe the problem lies mostly in getting started.  Why don’t we try having you just give the one starting note loud and clear? Once we get started right, then we sing just fine!”

“All right,” Chris said, in a friendlier voice than she had ever used to me before.  “And I’m sorry I spoke to you the way I did today.”

A warm glow filled my heart by the time we bid each other a pleasant goodbye.

The Bible says, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14, NIV).

Questions: What do you understand the phrase “to humble yourself” to mean?

About the Author Muriel Larson

One Response to “Making Harmony”

  • Marielos says:

    Dear sisters,

    Just as a matter of comment about this devotional and I think also the previous one, I didn’t see a prayer at the end.
    Sometimes, I don’t find the words to pray after reading these devotionals, and the ones you include, always lift me up!

    Love you in Christ

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