The Pianist

For those who have ever been frustrated by individuals that refuse to consider creation as a divine work of God, the following story should bring a smile to your face and a little extra ammunition for your next encounter.

Imagine a family of mice who lived all their lives in a large piano. To them in their piano-world came the music of the instrument, filling all the dark spaces with sound and harmony. At first the mice were impressed by it. They drew comfort and wonder from the thought that there was Someone who made the music – though invisible to them – above, yet close to them. They loved to think of the Great Player whom they could not see.

Then one day a daring mouse climbed up part of the piano and returned very thoughtful. He had found out how music was made – wires were the secret; tightly stretched wires of graduated lengths which trembled and vibrated. Led by his discovery, the mice quickly decided they must revise their old beliefs. None but the most conservative mice could any longer believe in the Unseen Player.

Later, another explorer ventured out, and returned with further explanation. Hammers were now the secret – numbers of hammers dancing and leaping on the wires. This was obviously a more complicated theory, but one that showed they lived in a purely mechanical and mathematical world. It wasn’t long before the Great and Unseen Player came to be thought of as a myth. But the pianist continued to play.

Many explorers have uncovered mysteries about our world, our solar system, and even the universe as we know it. They espouse theories about creation and consider the idea of a Creator as one of legend and myth. And yet the universe continues to move with a precision that is unprecedented and unexplained – much like the Great and Unseen Player of the piano.

Paul spoke of the pianist, “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation (position of preeminence). For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (1:15-17)

The writer of Hebrews spoke of the pianist as well, “God appointed him (Christ) heir of all things and through him made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (1:2-3)

With all the intricacies of the physical universe, it requires much more faith to believe in a creation of random chance than in a Divine Creator who is sovereign and omnipotent. The pianist continues to play.

To His Glory,

Pastor Bill

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