I recently read an article from the Washington Post by Gene Wingate that stirred a maelstrom within me prompting these thoughts to come forth. The title of the article is PEARLS BEFORE BREAKFAST and tells of an incident that occurred this summer in Washington DC. The situation had been planned and executed as a stunt perhaps, but nonetheless , as a marvelous example and lesson concerning human nature.
A nondescript young man in t-shirt, jeans and baseball cap is standing on a Metro platform, leaning against the wall. Before him is an open violin case with a few crumpled dollars thrown in. He takes his stand and commences to play his violin as hundreds rush by him on their way to their respective labors of the day, mostly government jobs, the article discloses. Mr. Wingate goes on to describe that though the skillful sounds emanating from the violin were surprisingly very much better than the usual street musician’s, still individual after individual, actually, 1,097 passed by as he played the very difficult classical sounds of Bach’s “Chaconne”. People had a choice to make as they scurried past him. Would they stop to look, and listen or would they unwittingly move on and dismiss him as just another mendicant looking for a handout; like dime a dozen street musicians seen in many DC streets and plazas.
The story goes on to say that in the final, one man, out of all those “over-a-thousand-people that passed by in 45 minutes….one man and then near the ending, one woman recognized the brilliancy of the music that was being played on that platform during rush hour, that morning. For the disguised street musician was none other than Joshua Bell, a premier, award winning concert violinist appearing globally with the great symphonic orchestras of the nations. For all intents and purposes,bothered and no one cared. And really, only two people recognized it.
You know, Christ was like that. The Eternal Son of God walked the streets during rush hour when He was here on earth. Myriads of people passed by Him as He “played” His miraculous songs of Love of the Gospels. As He taught stunningly marvelous truths and did breathtaking miracles. And, for the most part, not many really cared, or bothered to listen and change their lives.
Oh yes, some did. Praise God for those who did. But they failed to recognize the genius of God, the Son…they failed to listen to HIS MUSIC. And just like the modern day Josh Bell Experiment, it is still happening, today. When the WORD is being preached from the PLATFORM, will we stop and listen and move to the sounds we hear from the Word of God?
Oh, Lord, May we stop and listen to the glorious sounds of Your Word, to Your songs and dance to Your Music. May we recognize YOU in our every day rush hour and may we delight in the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE, BEFORE BREAKFAST and every moment of our lives.