Hundreds gathered at historic Symphony Hall in Boston on a Sunday afternoon this past May. They came to hear some of the finest musicians in the nation perform, but what many won’t soon forget happened, not during a thundering rendition of one of their favorite songs, but in a quiet moment at the conclusion of Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music.
9-year-old Ronan Mattin was at the concert that day with his grandfather, Stephen Mattin. Ronan is autistic and considered non-verbal.
As the piece from Mozart concluded and the moment before applause was appropriate, the concert hall was suddenly filled with little Ronan’s one-word exclamation,”Wow!” There was a bit of restrained laughter. It was followed by applause as the crowd recognized what had just happened.
Ronan sat before that collection of musicians and something very special happened: the music of Mozart spoke to his heart. His response was a sense of wonder.
You and I – early in the morning, in the quiet of the evening, and other times too – have an opportunity for an infinitely greater wonder-filled moment. We can sit, not before a collection of musicians, but before a collection of holy truths and, by God’s grace, something special happens: the God of Heaven speaks to our hearts. It’s as if He leans down and through His Word whispers things like:
“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”
“[F]ear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you.”
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“Be still and know that I am God.”
I encourage you to take time to study God’s Word and listen as your Father speaks to you.
Click here for a quick listen to Ronan’s “Wow!” moment.
I first saw this story when it was featured on CBS.