Friday, November 7, 2008

No Wobbling, Please!

Last year, Middle Sister began taking violin lessons. Accustomed to the piano in this house, the violin has been very different and unique. Even though there are only four strings, the importance of body carriage and posture has been much more of an emphasis than in the piano journey. (Also, anyone with piano questions can ask Older Sister; when Middle Sister has violin quandries, she only has her mama to ask. . . and her mama can only play. . . . . . .the radio. Well, I did learn with her last year--due to the Suzuki Method--and can proudly play. . . "Twinkle.")

As I said, posture is very key in playing the violin. Training the head, right arm, right fingers, right elbow, left arm, left fingers, left elbow, and both feet to all follow their assignments while remembering the notes and rhythmn can take a while and certainly a lot of hard work. One aspect that our violin teacher emphasizes to Middle Sister is to keep her feet firmly planted and to not "wobble." She refers to it as being strong and unmovable like a tree.

Isn't it interesting that we as Christians are to be firmly planted in Christ? When we are planted in Him, we then are less likely to "wobble!"

"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:6-7).

What dangers lurk around that threaten our planting? Why is it so important to be so firmly rooted?

"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ" (Colossians 2:8).

More of this swaying is mentioned in Ephesians 4:14-15:

"that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things unto Him who is the head--Christ."

Isn't it interesting how being "rooted and built up in Him" helps to guard against the world's philosphy, empty deceit, tradition of men, the basic principles of the world, false doctrine, trickery of men, cunning craftiness, and even deceitful plotting, yet it FREES us to WALK in Him!

How "unnatural" is the wisdom of the Word!

How firmly are you planted?

In the Heart of our Home,


1 comment:

Mama Hen said...

Cute pics of a super sweet girl!