Several years ago, one of the world’s finest violinists (Joshua Bell) tried an experiment. He decided to play – unannounced – in a metro station in Washington, DC.
He was warned by experts that a crowd would certainly gather and that he would need extra security because surely many people would flock to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Joshua brought his 1713 Stradivarius violin (which was worth millions of dollars) and began to play the six most beautiful songs in his repertoire.
Picture this scene for a moment: the world’s greatest violinist playing the world’s greatest music on the world’s greatest instrument in a very busy place.
Each passerby in that metro station had a quick choice to make.
Do I stop and listen?
Do I throw in a buck, just to be polite?
Do I have time for beauty?
Check out what happened:
In the 45 minutes that Joshua Bell played only seven people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance.
Twenty-seven gave money, most of them on the run (for a total of $32 and change).
The most startling statistic of all is this: A thousand people walked by because they were in a hurry, hurrying past Joshua Bell because they had other things to do**.
What opportunities are you missing out on?
Unfortunately, we do the same in our relationship with God.
We need to slow down.
We need to put aside the distractions.
If we don’t, we are in danger of missing out on some great opportunities!
What do you think you would you have done if you were in the that Metro Station?
** Some of the information used in this post was from Gene Weingarten’s article “Pearl’s Before Breakfast” from the Washington Post.