Thursday, December 22, 2011

It's a Christmas Secret


When I was in 9th grade, I desperately wanted to learn to play the drums.  However, my parents weren't about to have all that racket disturbing their peace, so I was persuaded to learn the flute.  I think that backfired somehow because my flute practicing certainly wasn't peaceful to the ears! However, the flute and I just didn't bond; so the end of 9th grade brought the end of my musicality.  

Over four decades later, drumming is still a part of my soul.

I'm going to share a secret with you...

When I worship, I picture myself playing the drums.  I can hear them, feel them, flow with them.  As I picture myself playing for the King of kings and Lord of lords, I lose myself in His Presence.  Sometimes, afterwards, I am left wondering if maybe that's what happened to King David as he worshiped...

Josh Groban's passionate rendition of The Little Drummer Boy stirs my soul no matter what season of the year I listen to it. I turn up the music LOUD and I sing.  I sing and I play.  With eyes closed and hands drumming, I'm the little drummer playing and signing to my King. Playing my best for Him; playing to honor Him. 

I usually end up weeping and praying that Jesus is blessed with my make-believe drumming. It truly is a soul-gift that I offer to Him and Him Alone.

I invite you to sing (and "play", if you're so inclined) along with us...


Merry Christmas!

You're welcome to share any Christmas secrets you may have!  I won't tell anyone...hee hee...

Because of Him and Unto Him,
                  Diane

11 comments:

Kim said...

it's never too late to learn an instrument you know... :)

Christina Berry said...

I'll make you a deal - if you learn to play the drums, I'll learn to play the violin! I've always wanted to!

Have a very merry Christmas, Diane!

Diane Ronzino said...

Welcome, Kim! I wish you would blog again....I miss your writing! Thank you for stopping by and posting! Merry Christmas!

Diane Ronzino said...

Hi Christina! You know, about 5 years ago I asked the drummer for our church worship team to teach me. He told me no because he hears me sing and he knows I can't sing, and if I can't sing, I can't play the drums.

So, I have come to the conclusion that it's my special gift that I give to Jesus. It's my personal form of worship and I wouldn't want that to change.

But, I'll give it some thought...

Is that your "Christmas secret"? Merry Christmas!!!

Pam said...

Well, Diane, I think that was a terrible thing for that drummer to say to you... if God has put something in your heart, then he can do it! I've heard stories of people who never could paint a lick suddenly becoming master artists because God gave them the gift. Also, I heard a woman give testimony of singing off key as a child, but how she earnestly prayed for years to be able to be a beautiful singer... Everyone scoffed, held their ears and then.. she became a grammy winning artist! So I say, if that is in your heart, then God can bring it about. Yes, consider it prayerfully...

I've always wondered what hidden musical talent I might have, because music is in my soul... and also because my grandfather was an opera singer, my grandmother some sort of stage actress, my mother a violinist, my aunt a pianist and my father a child prodigy pianist (though I never got to hear him or my mom play... we never had money for them to have instruments fixed etc when we were growing up, and then they gave up...) I was just thinking of a blog about that and then you posted yours... Love that you do this as worship to the Lord. Love that it's been your secret and you now shared...

Betty said...

Diane, at 50 while serving in Bolivia, S.A. as dorm parents during a long school break I came across a booked called, "Learning Piano for Older People", honest real title. I thought why not give it a try, from childhood wanted to play the piano. In the short 6 weeks of school break I learned simple songs and continued practicing after school was back in session. End of school came and the little kids on the school base knew I was learning so they ask me to be in the piano recital. Never have I been so nervous as when the day came for us to perform before the school. The little girls were sitting in front as I with trembling hands played my piece. I over heard them say to each other, look at Mrs. Draper how nervous she is. To this day those girls, now young women still remember that.
Since singing has always been my a ministry I did better in I kept the piano just for myself...and honestly folks are better off for that decision. But I will forever be glad I decided it's never too late to at least try something I always wanted to do.
There are a couple more secrets tucked down in my heart....who knows.....I may......blog about them. Betty

Lolita said...

You and Diane have posted soul-mate stories. Thank you (both)!

I told my tale too on Pam's blog. With my family and a few close friends it is not a secret that I am off-key as a child and can't sing a note there fore that music director aptly said to you.... "If you can't sing, you can't play. Strangely that sounds so much the right word for what my mom said to me then. I was off-key and off-beat so I could not play the guitar. LOL!

My secret too, Diane..... I jump and clap my hands and sing whole-heartedly with my heart and soul to God!!!!!! Yes, every worship time during Sunday services or other church times. Ha ha ha....... One time, I might have been carried away that perhaps some sounds ekkked out of my mouth.... I felt a nudge on my side. It was my husband softly telling me that I was singing out. Of course it must have been a not so nice sound. Ohhhh that was for your, Lord, only for YOU!

Diane Ronzino said...

Wow, Pam! What a gifted family you come from. I know there is some of that somewhere down inside of you. One of your giftings is certainly writing, writing as if an actress on stage was giving a one-woman performance.

And in regard to the drummer...well, he is a musician but definitely not spiritual enough to discern or even believe that.

Thanks for the encouraging word!

Diane Ronzino said...

Betty, I love the title "Learning Piano for OLDER People". It made me laugh. I think it's awesome that you pursued the piano - that you pursued something you always wanted to do. Many of us "older" people have those on a list, but don't ever do anything about it. It really shows me something of the strong-in-faith woman you are!

I do believe you sing beautifully! All glory to our LORD!

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, I'm smiling, Lolita! I've been caught up in moments like that as well. I'm blessed to meet a fellow worshiper!!!! Thank you for sharing! WAHOO! Praise His Name Forever!

A Joyful Noise said...

Oh diane, please take some drum lessons. A drum tastefully played is beautiful. Those who bang on a drum should take up the flute!
Loved this post. Thank you for sharing. Hazel