The Touch of the Masters Hand

The Touch of the Masters Hand


Old Violin

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin,
but held it up with a smile,

“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”

“A dollar, a dollar” then two!” “Only
two? Two dollars, and who’ll make it three? Three dollars, once; three
dollars twice; going for three..”

But no, from the room, far back, a
gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow. Then, wiping the dust
from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody
pure and sweet as carolling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet and low,
said; “What am I bid for the old violin?” And he held it up with the bow.
A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two? Two thousand! And who’ll make
it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and
gone,” said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,

“We do not
quite understand what changed its worth.”

Swift came the reply:

“The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A
“mess of pottage,” a glass of wine; a game – and he travels on. “He is
going” once, and “going twice, He’s going and almost gone.”

But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul

and the change that’s wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.

 ~ Myra ‘Brooks’ Welch

Many times we judge things and people and we don’t value them as we should. We overlook things in favour of other things that as potentially shiny objects that rarely give us the satisfaction that we desire. Our current levels of success are often determined by our attitude,which can sometimes be good. However, the state of attitude is often arrived at through various medium, mainly the influence of others.  It is important to value the things that we have and the people that are in our lives. Most importantly, no matter what, we need to value our own abilities and know that each of us have a gift and are talented in amazing ways. You are God’s highest form of creation, talented and able.