When I was in third grade, I participated in group piano lessons after school. We used wooden keyboards, which made absolutely no sense at all to my way of thinking. How were you supposed to know if you played the correct note when you sat there hitting a piece of wood made to look like a piano? That keyboard didn’t fool me.
As our end of year recital approached, the teacher told each student to bring a piece of sheet music for her approval of the song we would learn, memorize, and play. Well. I couldn’t figure out what to play. Especially since my piano proficiency was rather lacking.
My Aunt Docia in Kentucky learned of my dilemma and sent music she thought would be a good fit. It helped that Aunt Docia was a piano teacher. The piece she sent was called, “Suppose”.
I don’t remember a whole lot about the piece other than it was simple. Yay. It had words such as clouds, puppies, and kittens, I think. When I showed the music to my piano teacher, it met with her approval. Another Yay.
Although I don’t remember the words to the song, I do remember. to this day decades later, what one fellow student said–a girl whose name I don’t recall. “Suppose you can’t learn the song in time.” Bwahahaha.
I may have stuck my tongue out at her.
I probably stuck my tongue out at her.
I learned the song and though nervous beyond words during the recital, managed to play “Suppose”, and get off the stage without fainting. Or throwing up.
The catalyst for this post about “Suppose” is a devotion I read in Streams in the Desert by Hannah Whitall Smith. Ms. Smith described a joyful woman who worked hard to earn a meager living. One day another woman approached her and said, “I understand your happiness today, but I would think your future prospects would sober you. Suppose, for instance, you experience a time of illness and are unable to work. Or suppose your present employers move away, and you cannot find work elsewhere. Or suppose… ”
To which the joyful woman replied, “Stop! I never suppose. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. And besides, it’s all that supposing that’s making you so miserable. You’d better give that up and simply trust the Lord.”
Wise advice, don’t you agree?
What say we quit with the suppose, and trust the Lord knows what he’s doing.
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Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help; I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get to me? Hebrews 13:5-6 (GNT)
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