The music?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Sometimes it takes the darkness of the night to bring out the light within us. Do you ever feel that your dreams have been shattered and you feel all alone in the darkness of despair? Yet, is adversity God’s tool for revealing the light that dwells within each of us?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Since I get up early in the mornings before the sun has risen, I am pretty used to walking in the semi-darkness of the early morning. Several times a week I travel back to the old burning barrel with a few days worth of non-recyclables to be burned. The barrel is at the far end of the property and, in the dark, you have to feel your way for the path. Yesterday morning, however, it was overcast and there was neither starlight nor moonlight. It was blackness as I toted the barrel toward the inky darkness of the back acres. I stood still and waited for my eyes to adjust. Slowly, over a period of a minute or so, they began to pick up on objects ahead. As I hefted the barrel, I marveled at the subtle beauty of the deep darkness that shrouded everything around me. I was able to finish the path as my eyes slowly adjusted to the light.

The gloom of trouble and sorrow is often like that. Sometimes it takes the darkness to see the hidden beauty of the night.

Here’s a story: Ludwig von Beethoven, one of the world’s greatest musicians. One evening as he was out walking in Vienna, he passed a cobbler’s house where he heard someone inside practicing one of his compositions. As he stopped to listen he overheard a girl say that she wished she could hear a real musician play it properly. Beethoven went into the house and, noticing the young lady at the piano was blind, offered to play the piece for her. He did so for her for more than an hour and while he did, darkness fell and the lone candle in the room had gone out. Outside in the night sky the moon shone brightly and sent its radiant beams glistening into the room where Beethoven sat playing beautiful music. He was so inspired by the appreciation of his music by the young lady and the beauty of the atmosphere in the room that he composed his famous “Moonlight Sonata.”