1 John 5:14 – 5:15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us; And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
This is my Sound Smith tenor resonator ukulele, with low G tuning. This gives me a wider range of notes to use when picking out melodies, or practicing chord melodies. I play occasionally for my own pleasure, but nearly always to worship the Lord. When I started playing again (after decades without a uke) I learned about chord melodies, and wanted desperately to learn to play in that style, and studied and picked my way slowly through tutorials online trying to learn. Playing other peoples’ chord melody arrangements wasn’t my goal though; I wanted to be able to look at a piece of music and sight-read quickly – as I can do on keyboards – both the melody line and the harmonies/chords. I prayed for it of course; even so, I’d set myself up for a huge learning curve and had a sinking feeling that it would take YEARS to accomplish – if ever.
But I played in praise and worship most every day, picking out single note melody lines mostly, and every so often I would run across a song that was in the right range for my strings, or in which much of the melody line contained either scales or chord outlines, and I would work my way through those. In short, I worked hard until each note/harmony slowly started taking shape.
Until this morning. I opened a song in fakebook style on my tablet, picked up my uke, and played it through. First time. Barely any mistakes or hesitations. Playing my own harmonies and chords along with the melody. All. The. Way. Through!
VICTORY! And what a blessing just play the praises to the Lord! Just like that.
And that, my friends, is certainly the first time of many. Because when we ask our Father for good gifts, according to His Will, He gives them.