Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in 1860 in a Polish village.  He had piano lessons with a private tutor, and at 12 years old he went to Warsaw and was admitted to the Warsaw Conservatorium.

Paderewski became one of Poland’s world renowned pianists and composers. His own compositions are well known, but he was widely praised for his renditions of Chopin.  He made his musical debut in Vienna in1887 and soon gained great popularity. His appearances in Paris in 1889, and London in 1890, and in USA in 1891 were major successes. His brilliant playing created a furore which reached to almost extravagant lengths of admiration.  His name at once became synonymous with the highest level of piano virtuosity.  He delighted the world with his music for over 50 years, and also became one of Poland’s great statesmen.

Two stories about Paderewski are often told.

A much told story involves a young boy. This story has been declared fiction by some, but fact by others, who quote a newspaper report of the time, confirming it. Whether true or not, it has lessons for us.

A mother, wishing to encourage her young son’s progress at piano, took him to a Paderewski concert. They sat near the front and the boy was enthralled with the magnificent Steinway on the stage.  The mother talked to some friends next to her and the boy quietly slipped away. When the spotlights came on, the audience quieted, and only then did they notice the boy on the stool, innocently picking out “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”.

Before anyone could do anything, the Master appeared on the stage, quickly moving to the piano. He whispered to the boy “Keep playing. Don’t stop” as his left hand began filling in the base part and his right arm reached round the boy to add a running obligato, and together they held the crowd mesmerised.

As Christians, we should relate to Paderewski.
Firstly, Paderewski could have been angry with the boy, but instead he used the opportunity to instil into the boy a love for music and to encourage and motivate him.  

How often do WE use the opportunities God presents to us
to show HIS love and to encourage others? 

Are we active in discipling new believers, helping them to mature?

Whether or not this story is true, as Christians, we relate to the little boy.
We do not have much talent, but we do our little bit, and the Master surrounds us and whispers “Keep going. Don’t stop” as HE augments and supplements, empowering and enabling us, until a work of amazing beauty is created – His work, as He chooses to work through us.

Are we allowing Him to work in us and through us,

Do we “keep going” rejoicing in His service?

Ephesians 2:10
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

1 Corinthians 3:9
We are labourers together with God

Philippians 2:13
It is God who works in you, both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

This second story is believed to be true

Paderewski was asked by a fellow pianist if he could be ready to play a recital at short notice. The famous musician replied, “I am ALWAYS ready. I have practised for eight hours every day for forty years”

The other pianist said “I wish I had been born with such determination” to which Paderewski replied, “We are ALL born with it. I USED mine!”

Are we determined to be the best we can be?
To run the race, to press toward the mark?

Are we determined to strive for excellence in His service?

1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Are we determined to be the person He wants us to be?

In the words of Martha Snell Nicholson:
Lord of the years that are left to me,
I give them to Thy hand.
Take me and break me, and mould me
To the pattern Thou hast planned.

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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12 Responses to HIS HAND ON MINE

  1. admin says:

    Thank you for another inspirational post. The more we yield to Christ and die to our flesh, the more he shines in our lives.


  2. Planting Potatoes says:

    I was blessed by your post today!


  3. alwayzhis says:

    Wonderful post sister Angela! Praying for hubby…
    I KNOW my Father is always there to guide, lead, help, and do everything I am unable to— and giving all those matters to Him brings the “peace that passes understanding…” for I know He is The Creator, Sustainer and Savior of all! JOY!!!
    Be blessed as we watch and wait for our King..


    • Thanks Stephanie and thanks for your prayers.
      Isn’t it the greatest privilege to be used by Him to bring about His purpose? How can we do less than our best, when He gave His all for us – and still supplies all we need, including His perfect peace in all situations.

      What an amazing God!


  4. Rob Barkman says:


    What a wonderful blessing to read this posting. I really needed this. It is so easy to get caught up in the routine fo service and forget to strive to be our best. Our Lord deserves MORE than our best, it should be our constant goal in life as we seek to honor and praise Him. It is a blessing to have you back posting. You are missed. Lord bless you and your husband. May He come back today!


    • Thanks Rob. I’m still trying to catch up, but my time is more limited now.

      Yes, we should strive for excellence as we follow our Lord’s commands, knowing that His hand is on ours and He will enable us to do whatever He asks. What a privilege!

      What an amazing God!


  5. Debbie says:

    I love these stories and how they can be used to challenge each of us in our walks with God. You are really good at seeing Him, mentor Angela, and hearing what He would say to us. I find both of these pretty hard hitting. To see interruptions and changes as opportunities for Him, instead of just something to be frustrated with, and to use the most of my life and the time I have , for Him. To always be ready, because I am prayed up and full of His word and Spirit.
    Thank you for our lessons today . ..really good ones!
    God bless you and yours, as He keeps His hand upon you.


    • Our God cares about us so much that He constantly brings His messages before us, teaching us His ways and supplying us with all we need in order to live victoriously in Christ. He uses different ways for different people and for different types of lessons. I know I particularly appreciate the ‘simple poems’ He gives you and always marvel at the way He condenses sooooooo much into so few words. Then He also gives us ‘in depth’ lessons like those from Rob, and He uses them all to bless us in different ways.

      What an amazing God!


  6. Lyn Leahz says:

    God bless you sister. Been praying for you and your husband!


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