Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer. – Isaiah 30:19 MSG
I heard a story about Herbie Hancock recently. For those of you who know his name from Tommy Boy, he’s actually an amazing pianist. He started his career playing for Miles Davis. In 1963, a Miles Davis concert was taking place in Stuggart, Germany. The band was playing the song, “So What”, when 22-year-old Herbie accidentally played the wrong chord. It threw the entire song and band off. He sat there cringing because he knew he was making himself and the band look foolish. But, Miles immediately changed his own solo and played a series of notes that made the sour chord sound right and make musical sense.
Not only does this illustrate the genius of Miles Davis, to take a mistake and make it sound like a Miles Davis song, but it also illustrates the humbling generosity of that genius. As someone who has played albums of sour chords, I can’t help but see the parallel between what Miles did for Herbie’s mistake and what God does for mine.
God will provide rain for the seeds you sow. The grain that grows will be abundant. – Isaiah 30:23 MSG
Miles didn’t let Herbie drown in shame and God doesn’t let us, either.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. – Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG
If you’re flailing in your own mess and wondering how God could redeem the situation and you, don’t let your faith fail. He makes art out of disarray. No matter where you go, He is there, making your path straight and urging you on.
Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.” – Isaiah 30:21 MSG
God is before us, preparing the way. He follows behind us, making it right. We think we’re messing it all up, but He’s playing music. Anyone who knows what it’s like to be rescued from their own shame knows how biased he is toward us. Anyone who has walked through the blood of Jesus into the open spaces of grace knows how thoroughly he showers us with undeserving purpose as he waters our choices and produces life from our certain death. Anyone who knows, sings. He plays his solo and we sing the song he’s made of our lives.
But you will sing, sing through an all-night holy feast! Your hearts will burst with song, make music like the sound of flutes on parade, en route to the mountain of God, on the way to the Rock of Israel. – Isaiah 30:29 MSG