Tue., Mar. 29/22
Beethoven’s becoming was made known to the world on this date (March 29) in Vienna in 1795. It was then that the twenty-four year old Ludwig van Beethoven made his debut performance as a pianist. Though his father had been grooming him for musical fame from infancy, it had only been a little over two years earlier that he had received his first lesson in music composition. Mind you, he had a pretty good teacher: Franz Joseph Haydn.
By 1811 ongoing hearing loss since his late twenties forced Beethoven to cease public conducting and performing but he continued to compose producing yet some of his greatest work. Beethoven is gone now, but his life has continued to impact generations long after.
Beethoven’s life was marked by great victory amid adversity. Fitting indeed that in 1941 the BBC World Service began to play the Morse code dot-dot-dot-dash sequence “V” for Victory using the opening notes of Beethoven’s 5th symphony.
Beethoven was not known to be a believer in Jesus Christ. If anything he was Deist, accepting the existence of “an impersonal ultimate, benign, and intelligent Power.” * Beethoven’s life became something it’s obstacles would seem to negate largely by upbringing, sheer stint of will, obsession and determination. Imagine what Beethoven might have accomplished for the glory and kingdom of God had he been as committed a Christian as he was a composer!
Beethoven’s becoming is done, but your’s has not yet ended. You may have weeks, or years, or decades yet ahead and if you have made Christ your Saviour and Lord then your “becoming” has just begun. Your becoming has all power and authority at work within you, and your becoming has all eternity ahead!
- “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil. 2:13).
- “…now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known…” (1 John 3:2).
Give yourself fully to Him and see what He will make you to become!
- “…can I not do with you as this potter does?… Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…” (Jer. 18:6).