Only 15 minutes! The thought made my heart skip a beat. That was all the time that I had left to put together a piano arrangement for the delegation of mayors and leading educators from Romania! Just a short time earlier I received word that the delegation had made a special request to Mr. Gothard for me to play “Amazing Grace” at the next session. Now, here I was, running to the piano practice room to hammer out an arrangement in just a few minutes. I sat down and prayed … really hard.
“Lord,” I said, “My only purpose in playing is to glorify You. Somehow cause this to come together beautifully so that You would be honored.” The arrangement started coming together with the help of a timely tip from a talented pianist.
Before playing, I shared briefly with this secular delegation how God’s amazing grace had transformed my life. Then the translator translated the words of the song into Romanian and I sat down to play.
It flowed beautifully. A friend commented afterwards that it was the best arrangement that they had ever heard me perform. One of the Romanian educators even had tears in her eyes as she listened to the gorgeous melody of John Newton’s classic hymn.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.” Psalm 146:1-2