Have you ever lost your keys? They say that, to find your keys, that you should repeat some of the steps or mentally go through what you have done before you’ve lost the keys. It’s said that this will help you remember and find your keys again. Most of the times this doesn’t work the first time we do it — so we have to do it over and over again until the light comes on.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
I’ve had a good foundation in music theory before I started learning to play the piano about four months ago. It seemed, though, that I was not making much progress at first. It wasn’t anything like playing the flute, which I did until I was a teenager, when I only had to learn and play one melody for a song. With the piano this was total different story. Now there was a Grand Staff (two staves) and I needed to learn different melodies and chords for both hands. The first 50 lessons or so I was frustrated because most of the time I could not play both hands together. The hardest part was that the right hand has to do something completely different (notes and speed) than what the left hand has to play. The online piano teacher kept saying it over and over again: practice the part for the right hand again and again until you feel comfortable with it, then practice the part for the left hand until you can play it by heart and only then play both hands together. Guess what? Practice, practice, practice — and it eventually works!
During the birth of my firstborn I’ve come to a point where I wanted to just give up. I felt it was taking too long, I was in pain and it was hard labour to get this child out. But I had to continue and the birth had to be completed! Finally the child was born, wrapped in cloth and put into my arms. Everything — the past hours, the pain, the labour — was forgotten, seeing my son.
Sometimes we are so lost in our spiritual walk and have to remind ourselves what we have learned about God’s promises along the way! We have to practice, practice, practice: read God’s Word, pray God’s Word, sing God’s Word. And when hardships are taking too long, when the pain gets almost too hard to bear, when there seems no end to our work, we have to remember God’s promises!
It’s hard, yes. It’s tough, I know. But we have to press on and keep on believing in God’s Word until we see the Light!