11.03.15 – Wonka!


Wrong Willy Wonka! We Are Not the Music Makers

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” – Psalm 19:1

Very few movies have the ability to cross over generational lines. But one story that both myself and my children have enjoyed is “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” also known to some simply as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” One of my favorite lines in the movie is when Willy Wonka, in his own quirky and eccentric way, tells Veruca Salt that “we are the music makers and the dreamers of dreams.” It is a catchy quote that has resonated with me throughout the years. “We are the music makers…” What a statement!  This particular movie line (spoken in the voice of Gene Wilder of course) has rung in my ears since early childhood.

Yet, are created people really the music makers? Or would it not be more accurate to say that Creator God, the author of created man, is truly the one and only Music Maker?  Obviously it is not my intention to over analyze a line from an innocent children’s story, but this thought came to mind early one morning in 2012 while walking on the beach in Orange Beach, Alabama.

Each morning on our vacation that year I would get up before Sarah and the children to walk on the beach and spend time with the Lord. On this particular morning, I had everything ready. I had my hat, my windbreaker, my Bible, my journal, and my mp3 player to enjoy some music during in my quiet time with God. But as I began to walk on the beach, the instrumental symphonic music I was listening to suddenly stopped. I pulled out my MP3 player only to find that it had a dead battery. For a brief moment, I felt disappointment. But the disappointment was quickly replaced with a rush of wonder; for the man-made symphonic music I had been listening to had been drowning out the greatest symphony of all! Surrounding me was God’s symphony of creation. My ears were flooded with the sound of crashing waves followed by the sound of the foaming water as it skimmed the sand and retracted back into the ocean. I heard the cries of sea gulls and the sound of the wind as it blew into my ears. Why did I even bring my music player; for God had provided the His own symphony performing in the concert hall of His glorious creation! Willy Wonka’s quote came to mind, and I realized that people are not the music makers; God is. He is the Conductor. We are only performers in His symphony. When I returned to the hotel, I told my family about the lesson I learned while on the beach.

But lessons learned are easily forgotten. That night, Sarah and I took the children to the hotel pool. I have never been much of a swimmer, so I took a book with me that I had been reading, along with (you guessed it) my fully charged MP3 player. There I was, relaxing in a pool chair, reading and listening to my man-made symphonic music, when all of a sudden I heard my six-year old daughter ask me to take out my ear buds and listen to God’s creation. What she said next I will never forget. She said, “Remember what you told us this morning about listening to God’s creation? Your children’s voices are part of God’s creation too.” I was immediately reminded of Jesus’ words, “Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise for yourself’” (Matthew 21:16). How easily we forget and abandon the lessons we learn in God’s school of life!

We must have an open ear and listen for the teaching moments God sounds off before us. I pray that every child of God would realize that there is never a time in their spiritual pilgrimage that they “arrive” and are no longer in need of lessons from their heavenly Father. Interestingly enough, that particular weekend I was celebrating twenty years as a believer. Yet even after twenty years, I was still in need of schooling. And God used Willy Wonka, an MP3 player, and a six-year old little girl to teach me a particular lesson I needed. How about you? Are you sensitively listening for the voice of God?  If not, begin doing so today; for there is a glorious symphony out there for you to hear.

20 thoughts on “11.03.15 – Wonka!

  1. I believe that we drown out God’s music too often. We need to not only listen to His music, but His voice as well. We let manmade things drown Him out too often.

  2. We really do need to stop and enjoy God’s creation. Too many times do we caught up in earthly things and forget to stop and look around us at the beauty of creation.

  3. i have never thought about God’s creation this way.i am usually busy and i don’t go outside to just listen.i know i need to listen to God’s music and his voice a lot mor often than i do.

  4. This is so true that we are merely performers in his symphony and He is the conductor and music maker but yet our world has found a way to drown out God’s beautiful music! I think we need to listen to God’s creation and learn from all of His lessons! We need to take off our earbuds because the music and creation of God is His voice!

  5. This is very true because if you go to any national parks and walk around you will see the beauty and amazing sound of God’s creation. I’ve noticed especially when you go camping and head all the noises like a river of the animals or anything, it sounds so peaceful. We really need to step back and realize what it sounds like and how amazing it is.

  6. Wow, that is a great lesson. It is important for us to enjoy God’s symphony rather than ignore it with our man-made music. He’s the reason we’re able to make and enjoy music! He should be given all the glory, he is the master composer. Thank you, Mr. Martin! 🙂

  7. This is very true. We do tend to get distracted from God’s creation and His music that he is made for us with all these worldly things. We really need to do like you (or what your mp3 player made you do) and just take off our headphones and listen to God’s music.

  8. The man-made symphonic music that most people listen to often drowns out the greatest symphony of all! God provides wonderful music out of his creations.

  9. With so much noise and things going on around us it is easy to forget to be still and listen to God! If we open our hearts God is ready to guide us.

  10. Wow, Mr. Martin! This amazing! We really do need to stop and take time to listen to God’s voice and His Creation. He is the ultimate music maker and we are the listeners. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as my devotion has been about taking time to just listen to God and adore His masterpieces. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  11. There is nothing like going outside on a bright and starry night, gazing into the heavens and thinking about how great and awesome our God is to create such a beautiful and amazing world. Last summer, we were outside during the night while the stars shone brightly. Everything was completely quiet around us. We got some beach towels to lay on and observe the night sky. It’s times like these when you stop to think about how God is so mighty and powerful. Every time I come across some beautiful part of nature, I am reminded of this.

  12. We often drown out God’s word when we are watching T.V. or when we have worldly thoughts. We need to listen to Gods music and not man made music. When people say Gods music others often think of the Christian worldly music. We Christians should go deliver Gods word so others who don’t know Christ can receive the word. Thank you Mr. Martin!!

  13. I never really thought about God’s creation like this! This is truly inspiring and I will have to keep on mind next time to focus on the music of nature that God has provided us with! I always love to listen the waves crash on the beach, but now I will listen to them in a new way. Thanks Mr.Martin!!

  14. We can sometimes try not to listen to God’s music. I think that too many time we do not want to hear his music and we would rather hear the music the the people of the world make. The sad part about that is most of the music of the world is bad. We need to listen to more of God’s music and less of the world, and if we do this we may even grow closer to God.

  15. I enjoyed the topic ,the story was a great lesson. God has made the songs of nature for us to enjoy and praise him for his great and mighty love for us.

  16. God gives us such a beautiful place here on Earth that shows all of his great wonders. I always remind myself of the beautiful heaven we will one day see. There are so many distractions each day that can blind us from the grace and beauty of God’s whispering voice.

  17. We get caught up in earthly things like music and books. We need to remember that we just need to stop and take a break from all those earthly things and take a moment to listen to God’s creation.

  18. It is important for us to stop and enjoy God’s creation. We always have to be on the lookout for teaching moments that God places before us. There is something new we can learn about God and his creation everyday.

  19. Wow! Such a great, inspiring message! We tend to get so caught up in worldly things, we lose sight of God’s grace. We cannot drown out God’s word because He is talking to us and we need to listen. Everyone’s ears need to be open to listen to what God has to say to us 🙂

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