A man sat at a train station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold, January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
Three minutes went by and a middle-aged man noticed that there was music playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first tip. A woman threw the money into his cap and without stopping, continued to walk.
A few minutes later, someone leant against the wall to listen, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again; clearly he was late for work.
The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother pulled him along, but he wanted to stop to look at the violinist.
Finally, the mother pulled hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head constantly. This action was repeated by several other children… All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.
In the 45 minutes that the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk at their normal pace. He collected the equivalent of £25.
When he finished playing, silence took over.
No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the finest musicians in the world. He had played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth £2.5 million.
Two days before he played in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theatre in Boston, where seats averaged £100.
People didn’t recognise who was really amongst them, so they treated him as common, when all along, one of the worlds greatest musicians was right under their noses.
Greatness was in their midst, but they just walked by.
When Jesus turned up in His hometown, the people only saw Mary and Joseph’s lad… they failed to see that the Son of God was sitting at their table.
Today, make sure that you don’t treat Jesus as common, or with dishonour; right now He could be standing right beside you and you didn’t even know it…
Genesis 28:16 ‘When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’’
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