A few months ago I was sitting in my church meeting when a young woman got up and played an absolutely breathtaking rendition of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” on her violin.
I sat there listening to the exquisite music and was overcome with a sense of peace and a reminder that God is real, and He loves me.
The feeling I had during that meeting stuck with me throughout the week, but something about the woman’s performance had as well. I remembered the oddest thing – and it was before she began the song she played a few seemingly random notes and ever so slightly tuned her instrument. I don’t know why, but that small act of fine tuning had stuck out to me.
A few weeks went by and I had forgotten about this experience, until one day I was having a conversation with my mom about what my “Rhythms of faith” are, and what it is I am doing each and every day to stay on the path of following God.
At some point during our conversation, she brought up the same song I had heard months earlier in church, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” and she pointed out the line that says, “tune my heart to sing thy grace.”
And just like that, the picture of that talented young woman tuning her instrument before she played came back into my mind.
I pondered my thoughts and feelings for several days, and finally I felt like I was beginning to understand.
Believing does not come instinctively to me. By nature, I am curious sometimes skeptical, and often hesitant to believe some things. Because of that, I have had to work very hard to gain the testimony I have today. I used to be ashamed and embarrassed by this, but not so much anymore.
My heart isn’t always ready to be believing and obedient, but I have learned to tune my heart to Him.
And every day I have to tune my heart again, so I don’t get off track, so I can always be singing songs of praises to God.
How do I tune my heart?
I tune my heart by doing the simple things, each and every day.
I tune my heart each time I pray.
Each time I read a verse of scripture.
Each time I serve my neighbor.
Each time I count my blessings on a hard day.
Each time I stand up for what I believe.
It’s these things that keep my heart tuned, tuned to sing His grace and find my rhythms of faith.
How could you tune your heart today?