In 2007, a famous violinist dressed in plain clothes and stood in a subway station for 43 minutes playing his violin. The impromptu concert featured music that people would pay $100 or more to hear in a concert hall. While several people walked past this beautiful music, only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In the violinist’s own words, “…over a thousand people heard me play my violin … But very few actually listened.”
When I read these words in the post script of The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson and Dusan Petricic, I thought of our Savior begging us to really listen, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt. 11:15, Luke 8:8, and other similar scriptures).
Then I read the next words of this violinist, “Among those who tried were several children, and I clearly remember them turning their heads, straining to listen while their parents dragged them away, hurrying to get to their destination.”
This is a parable, I said to myself, another scripture coming to mind: “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3)
When we hear the sweet music of the Good News – the gospel of Jesus Christ, how do we choose to respond? Do we let it fall into the background of our busy lives, or do we follow the example of children, and stop to make it a central part of our attention?
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)