People Are Like Pianos

Author: Dr. Jack R. Klugh,

Photo by The U.S. Army is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Piano is an amazing instrument. While in seminary we paid $300 for a very old upright piano that had not been stored well or regularly maintained.  It was severely out of tune and dusty.  So we paid a professional piano tuner to come to our small apartment, hopefully, to fix it.

The Arpeggio

The first thing he did was play an arpeggio. After, he played the piano I could tell that this piano desperately needed tuning.  From across the room I watched him work on this old relic.  He made adjustments to the tension of the strings and other parts of the piano.

After he was finished, he positioned the bench so that he could test his work by playing it.  He did the arpeggio again and, wow, did it sound magnificent.  He is a gifted pianist and played from memory several different popular songs. This captivated our attention as well as the children who were playing in the courtyard out front.

Having the piano in our home allowed the opportunity for each of our kids to take turns playing it.  When they were toddlers they could not resist noisily banging on the keys. Due to this, regular professional tuning was a given.

Seeing that the kids were drawn to the piano, my wife took the time to show them how to play it. But, also how to take care of it properly.  She taught them to wash their hands first and to put the key lid down when it was not being used. Also, she taught them how to not have liquids on or near the piano at anytime, and that we must also be aware of proper humidity in order to protect the piano from extreme cold or heat.  She would sit with them on the bench and show them how to use their fingers with proper technique. This involved, as well, a lesson on how to sit on the bench, and properly strike the keys.

The Rough, but Peaceful Truth

In the movie “Unleashed,” Morgan Freeman said, “You know a lot of people think because a piano’s so big, it is very strong and you can just pound it any way you want to and nothing will happen.  But that’s not so at all.”   And he continued by saying, “Pianos are a lot like people.  I mean, you pound on a person, they get out of tune.”

Though pianos are large and well built, proper care of a piano is essential in order for it to sound beautiful when played. A well built piano can appear to be indestructible, but it is not.  Even the best pianist cannot make lovely music from a piano if it is out of tune or has a broken soundboard.

People are like Pianos.  One cannot expect to have a close relationship with staff or family if the relationship itself is not healthy.

Within unhealthy relationships employees may look at their transitional options and family members may drift farther away to avoid mistreatment.  If they are wounded emotionally, spiritually or psychologically, it is not the end and there is hope. Healing can begin through contact with loved ones, and by the consistent practicing of healthy behaviors.

I Keep My Eyes to the Heavens…

Today you may feel helpless. You may find yourself connecting with this story through past experiences you regret, and frustration built up from unhealthy relationships. You find that you were once a Piano that played beautiful music, but now you find yourself barely even being able to sound off a note. Take heart! There is a path to full restoration.

The Book of Hebrews states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2)”. Despite your past there is hope for restoration!

Restoration can only be found in Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

Jesus came to this earth to not only die, but also, through his Resurrection, forgive us of our sins…all of them. Through this God offers us a new life in Him passing into eternal life (John 3:16-18, 2 Corinthians 5:17). Through a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have the opportunity to see yourself come to restoration and play beautiful music again.

You may find yourself in Christ, and facing the issue of a loose string due to changing temperatures. Despite this, Christ says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9)”. He will not only forgive, but also help you with your burdens and walk with you through the valley into marvelous light (Matthew 11:28-20, Psalm 23:1-6, Philippians 3:13-15).


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