Keeping Time by Scarlett Stough

My grandchildren are always teaching me something or illustrating a life lesson. My granddaughter had been working on the melody line for a song on her guitar several weeks. When she learns the notes well enough, she plays along with a CD trying to keep up with the tempo. The CD doesn’t accommodate for the student’s mistake. When she makes a mistake, she has a tendency to stop and wants to start again (which is okay) or even wants to quit (which isn‘t okay.)

But this one morning, when she missed the correct note, in a couple of beats she found her place and finished the piece correctly. I complimented her on the best performance so far. She pointed out where she made a mistake. I told her, “Yes, you did make a mistake there, but you quickly found your place and kept on playing. That’s a good thing. Musicians have to learn to keep going even if they do make a mistake.” I told her everybody makes mistakes, but we have to find the right place and continue to try.

We all sin. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (I John 1:8).” Mistakes come with the privilege of life in the flesh. This is why we need a Savior. This is why we need the grace and mercy of God. He gives us the opportunity to find the right place and get back into a godly tempo of life, keeping time with his composition, his plan for life.

God gives us the chance to get it right and keep going: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness….My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense---Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 1:9-4:2).”

At her next lesson, my granddaughter played the piece well, the teacher passed her and assigned her a new song to practice.

Whenever we miss a beat, we can find it again and be among those who sing “a new song before the throne” because like them, we “were purchased from among men and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb (Revelation 14:1-5).”


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