A Purposeful Pace – The Timing of it All

by admin on July 17, 2011

shellyGuest Blogger

I’m sure we’ve all wondered at some time or another why some things take longer to materialize or manifest in our lives? I sure have. And then I realized to achieve and receive great things, it takes time.  Keeping in mind that time is relative to God, different things require different timeframes to materialize. The timing is dependent upon the purpose and what is required to fulfill that purpose.  And then of course, it is dependent upon us.

I’ve played the piano for more than 35 years and continue to play and even teach small children today.  I recently began working on rebuilding my own repertoire and decided to learn Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 in E minor.  The process of learning this piece showed me something beyond its musical melody. There are 3 musical movements or parts to the whole entire composition.  Each part requires different speeds or tempos.  The first was moderately fast and majestic, the second was slow and sweet, the last was to be played at a lively and vivacious tempo.  In order to be able to play perfectly for my enjoyment and others, all 3 would need to be learned completely with the noted musical directions and tempo.  I paused. Yes, in order to get to the end or manifest a beautiful piece of music, the process would be one of different speeds. It would require time to master and perfect.  After all aren’t we all after God’s perfect will?  Not just the good or acceptable?

I pondered this process and looked at those desires and prayers requests in my life and my perspective began to change and grow into an appreciative understanding.  Like the concerto, where each part was meant to be enjoyed at the instructed pace, I believe getting an understanding of the pace at which God moves in our lives is deliberate and designed on purpose.  If I didn’t properly prepare and practice and rushed through learning the Concerto, ignoring the musical direction, all that would result is a bunch of notes sounding like unappealing noise to me and others; instead of soothing and inspiring music.

God knows what will ultimately manifest something great to behold and that will ultimately give him glory in the earth.  In learning the concerto, I also learned to seek understanding and embrace God’s way of bringing things to past.  Sometimes it’s fast, sometimes slow, but He always provides direction and guides us to a perfect end; if we follow the requirements and embrace the pace. There are many days I ask myself, why I’m doing this? I mean really, there are some hard note passages that require me to take additional time to learn and perfect. After all the training I’ve had, shouldn’t I just be able to learn this quickly? I just simply want to play the song I heard on a CD.  Sigh.  Some days are easier than others. But, I know that in the end, once the process is complete, there will be a manifestation of something truly divine and unique.

King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”  He goes on to say in verse 11 that, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…” I don’t know about you, but I trust what God is saying here through his word and I am daily walking out my life at the tempo he sets with an expectation of something beautiful.  I haven’t finished learning the Concerto, it is a work in progress. It’s something that I am consistently working on – little by little.  I’m enjoying the time it is taking me to learn.  It is indeed teaching me far more the music.

Living in a delightful place,


Shelly L. Burgess is an ordained Elder in Columbia Family Worship Center in Columbia, MD. Passionate and committed to prayer and the diligent study of God’s word, she currently oversees the Teaching ministry and is a member of the Intercessory Prayer Team.

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