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Psalm 139:14 (NIV) "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Recently, a 29 year-old nurse, Melanie Stevens, found a cello lying
beside a trash bin and put it in her trunk and left it there for a couple
of days. She decided she wanted her boyfriend, a cabinetmaker to
put a hinge on the front of it and to install little shelves inside so
she could use it as a CD case.
What she didn't know was that this instrument was a A 320-year-old
Stradivarius cello valued around $3.5 million. As it turns out, the
primary cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic left the instrument outside
his home and a bicyclist stole it. No one knows why he later abandoned
it, but he did and as fate would have it, Stevens found it.
Luckily, before her boyfriend got a round to making the CD case, Stevens
saw a news report about the missing cello and returned it. The cello
made in 1684 was one of about 60 made by Stradivari in his Cremona, Italy
works. The Los Angeles Philharmonic bought it about 30 years ago.
According to Associated Press, Robert Cauer, a Los Angeles-based instrument
restoration specialist says the valuable instrument is damaged but repairable
and should be back in service by this fall. Cauer added the prospect
that the prized instrument could have been turned into a CD holder "is
so abominable, I get sick when I hear it."
Imagine something worth $3.5 million dollars being used to store CD
cases, Cauer is right, it is abominable. A noble instrument like
this one was designed for a much higher purpose than holding recorded music,
it was made to create it. I wonder what Stradivarius would think
God has created you. He created you for a purpose. I am
confident that He wants you to fulfill the purpose for which you were created.
Too many people settle for the common the ordinary, when God had much more
in mind when He created them. They become CD racks, when He designed
them to be a unique, one of a kind masterpiece.
Are you fulfilling the God's purpose? If not, will you make a
commitment today to discover His purpose and fulfill it?
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