7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7-9, New International Version)
I have told you before that I love my guitars. My collection continues to grow and I am well aware of the fact that I can only play one at a time. Some of them are already scheduled to go to someone who cn and will play it more often than me.
The three guitars above are part of my collection. The white guitar, the one on the far left I picked up for next nothing. It had some problems, a child had a permanent marker and had scribbled on the guitar top. It took me some doing because I wasn’t sure the best way to refinish it. By the time I sanded off the scribble, I had also managed to sand off the finish. I found some direction online. I will be sending this guitar to my favorite charity, “Guitars 4 Vets” where it can be a loaner guitar for a vet new to the program.
The guitar on the opposite side is the newest addition to the collection. Ibanez is my favorite guitar brand. None of them are my favorite guitar but I enjoy playing three of the four very much. One of them is a gift for one of my grandkids. I look forward to playing with her.
The guitar in the middle is an electric guitar that is called a silent guitar. Like all non-acoustic electrics, it doesn’t make much sound when you strum it. I bought it for when I want to practice at 2:00 AM and Cindy is sleeping. I plug in my headphones and I am ready to go.
I tell you about these three guitars because all three guitars have new strings. That one I got last month came with new strings. The white guitar only had 3 strings on it when I got it and one of them wasn’t in the right place. And, the silent guitar? I plugged it in to an amp and it sounded “HORRIBLE.”
Old strings, nylon or steel, just don’t sound good. Their tone becomes dull. Steel strings, lose their bright sound. Nylon strings, not so bright already, lose the brightness faster already sounded particularly bad.
I guess I change my strings often enough because I have played off and on for 30 years and never broke a string. I have, however, played with friends who have broken strings. It is a problem for some guitar players.
The strings don’t stay in tune when they are old. The strings tend to lose their flexibility. Flexibility impacts tone which is related to tuning. If tone is poor, tuning will also be poor.
I don’t like new strings. Much like old strings they don’t stay in tune as well. When strings are new, you must wait for them to stretch. As the stretching happens, the guitar sounds better longer. To me, a new set of strings is a lot like a promise from God. It will not sound good until sound possible without someone tuning it. The Bible is like that. Without study, we don’t even kn ow God’s promises are there for them to claim.
The strings break more easily and so do we. Without being able to build our faith, because we fail to look at the Bible every day. Without that source, eventually we will be broken.
Eventually, in another day or two those strings will stretch out and those guitars will sound good again. And, we can hear the sweet music of the guitar.
If we remain faithful and keep the guitars and ourselves in the getting burned out, out of tune, flexible, and unbroken, with a beautiful to to sing for Jesus.
June 2020, J. Keith Broyles