What could Mary the mother of Jesus have in common with a flutist?
Mostly unaware of Mary and her baby, shoppers hurried into the mall, escaping Winter winds. I was acutely aware of one man, ambling to the entrance methodically tapping his cane. He touched the door then paced ten steps away. Dropping to his knees, he placed his hat on the ground for tips and pulled a flute from his tattered jacket.
The instrument in hand, the flutist played “Silent Night,” and “Drummer Boy.” I was enthralled by the angelic sound resonating. Passersby stopped long enough to listen then returned to the scurry of activities that so easily defines the season.
I remained. A mother dropped a coin in the man’s overturned hat. A teenager handed the flutist a water bottle. It was my chance to talk to him.
“Excuse me, sir,” I said, “Do you play secular songs, too?”
“Naw. They don’t interest me.”
“I thought you’d say that. So, why do you play?”
“Does anybody ever take your money? I mean, you wouldn’t know it seeing as…”
“I sees those that takes with me ears. But, if all they wants is the coins, they can have ‘em. I play ‘cause I want ‘em to have a song in they’s heart like I’s got in mine.”
“Thank you, sir. I’d ask you to play me another song, but I don’t have cash…”
“Set yerself down. I’s playin’ fer ya.”
I sat, and he played “Mary Did You Know.” I felt a warmth erase the cold wind, whipping from the nearby alley and learned something that day. Although the gentleman was blind and poor, his spirit was free. The song of the Lord that resided within the flutist gave him a joy no one could take.
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Let’s talk about Mary. Why did God choose her to birth the Savior? She—-as the flutist—-trusted the Lord to direct the course of her life. She believed the Father sent the angel Gabriel who appeared during her prayers.
She permitted the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit as He placed the Son within her virgin womb. She believed Gabriel’s report and made haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth, also was with child.
“The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35b KJV
Because of Mary’s faith, the Bible records her as being the most highly favored woman.
“Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Luke 1:28b KJV
There is one more characteristic of Mary that made her God’s choice. She—-as the flutist—-had a song in her heart no one could take away. Her song, The Magnificat, also known as The Canticle of Mary, is a declaration of her beliefs about God. (see Luke 1:46-56)
What did Mary sing? She sang about being surprised to learn she was God’s humble and favored servant who would give birth to the Savior. She glimpsed the impact of Christ’s birth—-that it would bless not only her generation but ours as well. Expectedly, she sang about God’s sovereignty.
Mary’s reliance upon God reminds me of the flutist: He was not concerned about the troubles around him. He had no sight—-not a problem. His coat was threadbare—-not an issue. People stole his offerings—-silver was not his motivation.
Rather than focusing on these outward things, the flutist concentrated on expressing the song within his heart. Sharing his talent with others brought him satisfaction. And perhaps, this humble flutist is—-like Mary—-chosen, favored, and blessed.
And, may I suggest, that when we focus on King Jesus rather than on our circumstances, God’s favor descends upon us?
Would Mary have a difficult journey? Sure, but, she kept a song in her heart. When gossipers talked about her premarital pregnancy, she kept singing. When she and Joseph fled from wicked King Herod, I imagine she whispered lullabies into her child’s ears.
When her Son hung upon the cross, beaten and dying a horrible death, I’m certain Mary had at least one chord from her Spirit-song residing in her wounded soul.
Have you been inspired by an individual who has a song in his/her heart like Mary and my flutist?
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