…Great violinist Itzhak Perlman had polio as a child and walks with crutches and braces on both legs. Instead of arranging to be seated on stage at the beginning of his performance, he chooses to walk across the stage methodically and slowly to his chair. Then he sits down, puts his crutches on the the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs, bends down, picks up the violin, nods to the conductor and proceeds to play.
In 1995, a string on Perlman’s violin suddenly snapped in concert, and everyone in the audience heard it. The great virtuoso stopped and gazed at the broken string….those in attendance wondered what he would do. Perlman closed his eyes and signaled the conductor to begin again…..Perlman recomposed the piece in his head as he went along, inventing new fingering positions to coax never before-heard sounds from his three stringed violin.
The sophisticated New York audience watched and listened in awe, knowing they were witnessing a truly groundbreaking performance. When the piece was over, Mr. Perlman smiled, wiped the sweat from his brow, and said in a soft tone, “You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.”
~Excerpt from A Place of Healing by Joni Eareckson Tada
“Strength for life’s journey will meet you one step at a time.” ~Anonymous
Step by step, bit by bit, you’ll get there if you keep your eyes fixed on the goal. Just a little farther. It’s worth it. May the grace and mercy of Jesus give you just what you need for your journey. Blessings, Lisa
Soft, sandy paths feel good on bare feet, but they are hard to walk on. The sand gives way underfoot, causing all the other muscles to work harder to gain momentum. (good workout though!) Hard packed sand, however, is great to walk on. Rocky paths are difficult, because you need to watch your step carefully so there are no turned ankles on the way.
No matter which type of path you’re walking today, the end of the path is worth it. There are oceans to be seen, seagulls flying overhead, and mountain vistas abounding. Walk the path, and hold tightly to the hand of God, who will give you the strength you need for the path you’re traveling. Slainte, Lisa