December 20, 2012

From ruin to elation

By Saralyn Murray, a senior American Sign Language major from Orrville, Ohio.
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 10:5-10 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

Have you ever been in one of those frustrating or disastrous situations when you are certain that nothing good can come of it?

I had such an experience as a junior in high school after playing my viola with a string quartet at an an outdoor wedding. While playing, I had noticed something was wrong with my instrument. Afterwards I asked my orchestra director about it and she told me my viola was ruined. The direct sunlight had melted the glue in the viola and it had developed a “rattle.” As you can imagine, I was crushed.

A short time later, a girl who had played viola next to me in the orchestra moved to another state. Thanks to a generous aunt, she had two extra violas and so as she left, though she did not know of my ruined viola, she gave me one of them and donated the other to the school. And she included the receipt from the original purchase in case I ever wanted to sell it, which revealed that it was worth five times as much as my ruined one. I was shocked and overjoyed by the unexpected — but needed — gift. I am still playing that viola today.

Carried on a “flood of reversal,” our lives are filled with reversals. Have fun looking for such moments and experiences in your own life.

SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 10:5-10 (NRSV)
Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
in burnt-offerings and sin-offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, “See, God, I have come to do your will, O God”
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).’
When he said above, ‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt-offerings and sin-offerings’ (these are offered according to the law), then he added, ‘See, I have come to do your will.’ He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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Comments (8)

  1. Our God works in wonderful ways indeed!
    Blessings!

    RL December 20, 2012 |
  2. ….and thanks for sharing your gift of music with so many people! Your life makes happy music wherever you go! Merry Christmas, Saralyn!

    Rita MILLER December 20, 2012 |
  3. You are blessed, Saralyn! Pray for many of us who are not, or think we are not. I notice your first name ends with “yn”, like mine. I must be similarly blessed. Merry Christmas to you and yours! And keep our hearts singing with love of God by your music.
    MervYN Carapiet

    Mervyn Carapiet December 20, 2012 |
  4. Great story, Saralyn – and thanks for the encouragement to watch for the moments of holy reversal in our own lives! Peace to you during this season of watching and waiting…

    Gwen GZ December 20, 2012 |
  5. The personal story your shared is a timely reminder for me…….thanks for sharing and blessings to you as you continue to bless others with your music!

    Sue Byler December 20, 2012 |
  6. I’ve been reading and appreciae the daily devotions. This morning Betty and I had very sad news. Our close friend June Kwan(and like a foster daughter) of Hong Kong has died. of cancer. She attended Goshen and graduated from Goshen – I thought perhaps some of Readers may remember her. We supported her via the MCC since was an infant. Betty’s Mother provided funds for her to come to USA and attend Goshen.

    Mark & Betty Moyer December 20, 2012 |
  7. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    Ruth H December 20, 2012 |
  8. Saralynn, Beautiful story! I’ll enjoy your viola playing all the more knowing its history. And thanks for transforming the spoken word into sign on so many occasions here on campus. Music and Sign, wonderful gifts to all who receive them.

    Jim Brenneman, GC President December 20, 2012 |