by Jim Perdue

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Jesus Changes Everything (4 of 13)
Series: Jesus First
Jim Perdue
Colossians 1:21-23


Over the years there have been numerous theories and explanations offered up concerning the unique sound of a Stradivarius violin. Everything from climatic effects on the wood from the surrounding forests, to secret molding techniques employed by the master craftsman. One of the more recent, scientifically based explanations is found in the illustration below. ''Antonio Stradivarius was an Italian violin maker who lived from 1644-1737. His violins are now the most prized violins ever made because of the rich and resonating sound they produce. The unique sound of a Stradivarius violin cannot be duplicated. ''Surprisingly, these precious instruments were not made from treasured pieces of wood, but instead were carved from discarded lumber. Stradivarius, who was very poor and could not afford fine materials like his contemporaries, got [much] of his wood from the dirty harbors where he lived. He would take those waterlogged pieces of wood to his shop, clean them up, and from those pieces of trashed lumber, he would create instruments of rare beauty. ''It has since been discovered that while the wood floated in those dirty harbors, microbes went into the wood and ate out the center of those cells. This left just the fibrous infrastructure of the wood that created resonating chambers for the music. From wood that nobody wanted, Stradivarius produced violins that everybody wants.'' So also, long before you were saved, while you were still floating in the dirty harbors of the world, God was at work. His microbes were there, using the trials of your circumstances to eat away at your fibrous infrastructure, creating chambers better prepared to resonate with the sounds of His love and grace. That's why the Stradivarius among us, those who resonate most beautifully with God's love, are seldom formed from treasured pieces of wood, but from discarded, waterlogged, pie ...

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