Imagine yourself learning to play the piano with industrial strength ear plugs. You can pretend that you are in tempo and playing the right notes, but chances are that unless you are already an accomplished player you are not playing the tune that you hear in your head. We need to experience our mistakes and successes if we are to find our way to the melody that we were created to play. Transformation is as natural as walking with God and God is as near as life itself. I think this is why Jesus so often asked the question, "do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?"
The hard part is saying yes to the mess--within which God is working. We all find our lives full of unwanted difficulty. But because of God's presence and activity, we can trust what
happens in our lives to open the way to our deepest desire. Everything is revelation and feedback, good and bad notes. Nothing needs to be thrown out or rejected, but rather, creatively redeemed. "In truth, pain redeemed impresses me more than pain removed," wrote Philip Yancey in What Good is God? I believe that every effort to relinquish our fears and our desire for control will enable us to increasingly hear the music of the Kingdom which is sounding all around us.