Keep Going I Will Help You
By Ted Camp
“The famous Polish pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski was to perfrom at a concert hall in America. It was an evening to remember, with the audience in black tuxedos and long evening dresses. A high-society event. In the audience was a woman who brought her nine-year old son, hoping he would be encouraged to practice the piano if he could just hear the gread Paderewski. Weary of waiting for the concert to begin, and being there against his wishes anyway, the boy squirmed restlessly in his seat. Then, as his mother turned to talk to others, he spotted the beautiful piano on the platform. The boy slipped out of his seat and went to the piano. Unnoticed, he sat down on the leather stool, placed his small hands on the black and white keys, and began to play, “Chop Sticks.” Suddenly the roar of the crowd hushed as hundreds of frowning faces turned in his direction. Irritated and embarrassed, some began to shout, “Hey, get that boy away from there.” “Where’s his mother?” “Somebody stop him.” Backstage, Paderewski heard the uproar and the sound of the simple tune. When he looked out and saw what was happening, he hurried onto the stage. Without a word to the audience, he walked up behind the lad, reached his arms around him and began to improvise a counter-melody. As the two made music together, the master pianist kept whispering in the boy’s ear: “Keep going, Don’t quit, son. Keep on playing…don’t stop…don’t quit. I will help you.” When it was done the audience gave a standing ovation. It was beautiful to behold!”
And so it is with us. We hammer away at life, and sometimes it seems weary as common “Chop Sticks.” Then, about the time we are ready to give up, along comes the Master, who whispers: “Just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Keep going. I will help you.” As He whisphers, He provides His finishing touch of grace, love and joy in our lives to help us make it. What seems to be a tragedy becomes good. The Lord can make the bad become good as He works all things together for good (Romans 8:28). Are you weary? Is the road getting long? Is hope almost gone? The Lord whispers, “Keep going, Don’t quit, son. Keep on playing…don’t stop…don’t quit. I will help you.” “He who began a good work in you will finish it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Keep going and finish your course and He will help you. You will be glad you did!..These Are Words of Wisdom.