Reading:  Judges 7:4
But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”


The great violinist Itzhak Perlman took the stage at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Crippled by polio, Perlman walks with the aid of two crutches and leg braces. Audiences sit in silence as he labors to take his place. When ready, he nods to the conductor and the audience is treated to a rare virtuosity. As Perlman began, a string broke.

What would he do? How long would the concert be delayed? Reporter Jack Reimer writes, “He closed his eyes and then signaled the conductor to begin again. The orchestra began and he played from where he had left off. And he played with such passion and such power and such purity as they had never heard before.” Perlman completed the concert on three strings to a standing ovation. Afterward, when he had quieted the crowd, he said, “You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.”

Have you experienced loss, a setback, abandonment? What kind of music will you make with what you have left? How long will you grieve over a broken string? How will you respond to unexpected circumstances, undeserved calamity, or inconvenient timing? God has a well-established history of doing more – with less!


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