A Violin, A Ford And The 23rd Psalm

Three brief stories.  Read all three. You will be blessed.

A violin

An auctioneer at an estate sale sold every item in the estate but one. It was an old violin. He picked up the antique instrument and told the crowd this was the last item in the sale. It was dusty and the wood was battered and scarred. The bow was in good condition. Since it was so old and looked to be in poor condition the auctioneer started the bidding at one dollar. Then he got two dollars, than three.
As he called out for a four dollar bid a gray-haired man in back ambled towards the front of the crowd and picked up the violin and bow . . .

A Model T Ford

A bright young banker just bought his first new car, A shiny black Model T Ford. He drove it back and forth to work, to church, and on Sunday afternoon rides in the country with his special girl.  He was proud of his new purchase and soaked up the admiring stares from folks along the street as he drove by.

One afternoon he was driving down a country road towards home when the car suddenly stopped.  The young banker got out of the car and opened the hood. He tinkered with this wire and that one. He cranked it over and over. He jiggled all the parts to make sure none were loose.

Just then a man in another Model T Ford pulled up behind the young man’s car. He got out of his car and walked to where the new car owner, now tired, grimy and frustrated toyed under the hood. “What seems to be the matter, young man?”

“My car won’t start,” he complained to the stranger. “I’ve tried everything and nothing works.”

“Would you mind if I tried?” the stranger asked.

“What can you do?” the car owner said frustrated. “I’ve tried everything. It won’t start.”

“Let me take a look,” the stranger said. At that the stranger stuck his head under the hood and jiggled a single wire.”

“Try it now,” the stranger said.

The young man cranked the car and it started right up.

The young man was aghast. “How did you know to do that?” the young man asked the stranger.

“Young man,” the stranger said. “My name is Henry Ford.  I built this car and I know everything there is to know about it.”

The 23rd Psalm

Someone who knew someone who knew someone who knew Charlton Heston asked the actor if he would come to a party in his home town of Evanston, Illinois to honor a Baptist preacher retiring after serving 62 years as a pastor.

After several speeches and a roast, the MC of the party asked Charlton Heston if he would read the 23rd Psalm in character as Moses, which Heston played in the movie, “The Ten Commandments.”  After several protests Heston reluctantly agreed and came to the podium. He read the verses out of the open Bible on the podium and received polite applause from the folks in the audience.

Then the MC asked the retiring preacher if he would recite the familiar verses as his last official duty for the church.  The aging pastor walked to the podium and recited the 23rd Psalm.  However, when he finished there was not a sound in the hall. There were a few sniffles, lots of  tears, even a few sobs.

The retiring preacher read the verses with such passion and conviction and love for the Scripture that he touched the hearts of everyone, even the actor. Heston was so moved by the preacher’s rendition of the 23rd Psalm that he returned to the microphone for his parting words.

All he could manage to say was, “I know the book,” Heston said. “But this preacher knows the Author.”

Here are the questions:

In Ephesians 2:10 Paul writes, we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus. The root word for “workmanship” is the same word in the Greek for the word “masterpiece”, according to my pastor. We are the violin. No matter whether we’re a brand new Stradivarius or a battered and scarred old violin, in God’s hands we are His masterpiece. We can make beautiful music, when He’s the one holding us in His hands.

Henry Ford was able to start that Model T car because he knew everything there was to know about every part of that car.  He created it.

God created us. He knows every part of us. No matter what goes wrong in our lives, God can fix it.

Wouldn’t we like to know the Author of the Bible as well as that retiring preacher?  We can, you know, by reading about Him in His word, praying to Him and surrendering our hearts and our wills to Him day-by-day, hour-by-hour in a personal and intimate relationship with Him.

You can be a masterpiece in the hands of a loving God. You can get your life fixed, no matter what has gone wrong with it. You can know the Author of the Bible intimately. If you don’t know Him, He is waiting for you. If you’d like to know more about our God and how simple it is to become one of His children, follow this link. Your life may never be the same again.

2 thoughts on “A Violin, A Ford And The 23rd Psalm

  1. Susan,
    Thank you for your continued encouragement. I know I’m where God wants me to be now because He just keeps giving me these ideas to write about. I’m loving it. I don’t have a clue where this will go, but I pray that God will continue to inspire me and give me writing ideas.
    They are His writing gifts He has given me for His purpose. I just pray that I can stay in His will. Thank you again so much for reading and for continuing to be an encouragement to me.


  2. Steven, this is absolutely wonderful!!! It is just what I needed this evening (its been one of those days). To be God’s masterpiece is a great blessing. To know that God is willing to use us is an even greater blessing. He has blessed you with great insight and a wonderful ability to express it. Keep up the good work.


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