Have you heard about the LandFillHarmonic? I saw this “teaser” on the blog, Design Mom this morning. It is the story about an orchestra in Paraguay where musicians play instruments made from trash. Currently they are working to fund a feature length film sharing the amazing story of these creative and industrious youth. They miraculously transform trash into musical beauty, finding joy & meaning in the midst of extreme poverty. Here is the video so you can see for yourself the amazingness of these musicians.
Recently, a few passages of scripture have struck me with similar themes…this same unexpected, unimaginable transformation. I see it in Isaiah 11 when the prophet reminds that after Christ comes, things will change…”Wolves will live in peace with lambs. Leopards will lie down to rest with goats….Cows and bears will eat together in peace….A baby will be able to play near a cobra’s hole…” I heard this same unexpected theme yesterday in church, as John in his gospel declared that Christ “gave power to become children of God.” (John 1:12) When I think of transformation of thought, this passage exemplifies it—choosing to be childlike….one of the last things many would willingly CHOOSE. Again, in Psalm 40, “The Lord drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure….He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.” David shares a promise that our desolate pits & miry bogs will be transformed into a new song.
Rain can sometimes get me down—-requiring extra gear, flexibility in plans & lots of energy contained indoors. But from rain there is transformation and new life. Out of the mud. Out of the clay. Out of the flood and darkness. New Life and Transformation are on the way, Hope & Light are there.