I have many drafts of posts for my blog but not any that I feel God leading me to publish just yet. I haven’t posted in a really long time because I’ve been busy writing for other family publications. I wanted to share an experience I had with my son tonight.
I have been playing the piano “by ear” since I was around four and had to reach up to reach the keys. I bought a used piano recently and it’s good therapy for me just to sit and play and sing some of the old songs I loved as a kid such as “Sweet Hour of Prayer”, “Rise Again”, and “He Was There all the Time”.
After dinner tonight I sat down and started playing. My youngest son who is nine came up and sat down beside me. After a few times of singing the song he chimed in with his sweet boy voice. Ya know, the sweet voice that doesn’t know all the perfect notes of the song and hits every few off key but catches back on quickly.
After that, I started playing an old song my parents used to sing called “Remind Me Dear Lord”, a song I have sung to him since he was very little. A song he loves. He suddenly said, “Mama I want to play that song!” It never occurred to him that it might take a lot of time for me just to teach him the chords. Any way, I told him that we should start by learning a C chord. He quickly picked up on that and I showed him the key progression of C which the C, F, and G chords. After trying, however, he because frustrated that he could not play the music like I played so I started playing a song I learned as a child: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. A very simple song to play in the key of C. He caught on quickly and was soon playing a long with me, so I showed him how to put a little more into the rhythm by using his left hand. That proved to be too difficult for him and becoming quite agitated our music lesson came to a frustrated end.
Later I started thinking about that sweet moment and how thankful I was that God had given me the ability to play so if nothing else I could teach my son about Him through playing and music and to make lasting memories. How often do we have those precious opportunities with our children in our lives; to share our gifts and talents at unexpected moments. It wasn’t a perfect moment. It wasn’t flawless. However, that’s life and that’s how life is, isn’t it? It is our blended family heartsong; those everyday teaching moments that shape us and make us who we are. Sometimes it’s spontaneous. Sometimes it’s off-key. Sometimes it’s difficult, but it is in those precious God-given moments that gives our heartsong a melody!
Colossians 3:16 ESV “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”