“Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the ‘rests’. They are not to be slurred over, not to be omitted, not to destroy the melody, not to change the keynote. If we look up, God Himself will beat the tune for us. With the eye on Him, we shall strike the next note full and clear. It we sadly say to ourselves, ‘There is no music in a rest, let us not forget there is the making of music in it.’ The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson!” by Ruskin*
Do not try to skip over the rests in the song. Imagine what a song would be like if it were one note played over and over. So your life has many different notes and instruments, a melody and a harmony.
Do not try to ignore the “boring” parts, for they are what turn a good song into a masterpiece.
If you look at a Monet painting up close, it looks ugly and blurry. Yet when you step back and look at the whole picture, it something beautiful. Every brush stroke was planned, put in the perfect place, not a single stroke was by accident.
If we focus on the ugly parts of our lives, we will never be able to see it for its true beauty.
Times of waiting, times of loneliness are not bad – they are what turns our life into a masterpiece.
* Poem written by Ruskin, published in Mrs. Charles E. Cowman’s “Streams in the Desert” public domain