It was a very rare Stradivarious violin, crafted in 1737 by Antonios Stradivari himself. Unlike Antonios who was Italian, Asia was born in a Country that enjoys autonomy and a capitalist economic system. A place where women did the least important jobs and men held all the power. A place where orphans were considered to be insignificant species. Yet, she held the violin in her soft hands and fit her fingers in the space between the wood and the hair. In her little world of music she was a master of the violin. She had managed to learn the art in the confines of secrecy, away from the disapproving eyes of her father.
In approximately five seconds she heard a knock on the door. A man with highlighted European features came into the room. "Asia, are you ready?"
"Yes," she whispered...almost afraid to shout. Maybe in the nearest distance her father could still hear her voice. But she stood up tall and followed the man to the stage. She began to play her violin. She played with so much skill, excellence, passion and intensity, such that no one could take their eyes off her. When she eventually looked up, she could not help but gasp. There were thousands of people standing up to give her an honorary applause. In the midst of voices cheering she heard a voice say, "Trust in God, for He has the power to bring you through the shadows of unfamiliar territory to fulfill your purpose." And then she woke up from the dream.
She had been dreaming about playing the violin for years, but she had no instructor, neither did she have the instrument. But today her decision was made, she was going to trust God to take her through this unfamiliar territory...whether she thought it was possible or not...
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When last did you trust God to take you through the shadows of the unfamiliar? The unfamiliar zone is a place where you know your destiny lies but yet you have no skills to get there. A place that causes your creative juices to flow freely, but yet you have no connections. A profession where you know you belong, but yet you have no education. A rare art where people of your culture are not recognized...where you could be the first one, but you have not yet mastered it. A war you were designed to fight, but where you have no weapons.
You used to believe so much in your dream. Why did you stop believing? Why did you stop thinking that God can do the impossible with your life? That He can take you away from the familiar zone into the unfamiliar, and still use you for His glory? There is nothing new under the sun...years ago, Abram went through the same dilemma.
Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing..."
Abraham did not know what land God was taking him to, but he took his family and left for the unknown. If you continue reading his story, there was a time when he unknowingly walked back to the place where he began his journey. Can you imagine? But his relentless spirit kept him going. At that point he didn't give up, instead he built an altar to worship God. So in your walk with God, even if you are taken back to where you started from, still trust in Him. Trust in the One who has the power to take you through the shadows of the unknown and use you for His glory, to shine as a Light.
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ps: I had an indescribable experience at the conference. Sometimes words can't truly express how a person feels. But I plan to upload some of my mobile videos soon...:)