It is said that the great violin player, Paganini, once played an entire concert on one violin string. As he began, he had all four strings, but shortly into it, one of them broke and then another and then another until he only had one left. He was forced to make use of it and, according to eyewitnesses, the result of his performance was staggering. Some in the audience even wept as they heard him play.
In a similar way, sometimes we have to go through life with only one violin string. We have to find comfort or hope in the strangest of places, which is what we see in John 14. In this chapter, the disciples are asked to find comfort in Jesus’ departure. In a very strange scene, they are told to find hope in the fact that He is going leave them. Right before He dies, Jesus tells them: “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (verses 1-3).
Do you need comfort today? Does your life feel like a bunch of broken violin strings? Join us this Sunday morning as we talk about what to do with that. Join us as we learn how Jesus comforted the disciples in a similar situation. Are you going through a tough time and do not know what to do? Do you feel like nothing is going the way it should? If it does, take hold of the one string you have left. Remember that Jesus will bring you into the Father’s house. He has not left you to suffer alone but to prepare a place for you and join us at 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack as we study that. We meet at 9:30. Come and be comforted. See you there! – Jeremy Cagle