Lloyd Douglas, the author of The Robe, lived in a boardinghouse while he attended college. A retired wheelchair-bound music professor lived on the first floor. Each morning Douglas would stick his head in the door of the professor’s apartment and ask the same question.

“Well, what’s the good news?”The professor would pick up his tuning fork, tap it on the side of the wheelchair, and say, “That’s Middle C! It was Middle C yesterday: it will be Middle C tomorrow; it will be Middle C a thousand years from now. The tenor upstairs sings flat, the piano across the hall is out of tune, but my friend, that is middle C” (excerpt from Traveling Light).

Sometimes circumstances in our lives cause us to feel our song is flat and our ten-stringed instruments are out of tune. But did you know there’s a middle C in flat and out-of-tune notes? It doesn’t matter what key we’re in; we will always have a Middle C. When we have Jesus inside us, what we think are discordant, flat notes that are of no value to our life’s song, He takes and blends with the touch of His hand to make our lives a beautiful symphony of praise and worship.

Hebrews 13:8 states:

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).

A song written by Richard Smallwood says it so well:

Jesus, you’re the center of my joy
All that’s good and perfect comes from you
You’re the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do
Jesus, you’re the center of my joy.

When I’ve lost my direction, you’re the compass for my way
You’re the fire and light when nights are long and cold
In sadness, you are the laughter, that shatters all my fears
When I’m all alone, your hand is there to hold,

You are why I find pleasure in the simple things in life
You’re the music in the meadows and the streams
The voices of the children, my family, and my home
You’re the source and finish of my highest dreams,

Jesus, You’re the Center—the Middle C!


Joanna is wife to Carter, mother of two beautiful girls, Elizabeth and Lauren, and MiMi to her grandson, Isaiah Samuel. She is the administrator of The Lost and Found Fellowship – Dept. 99+1 Facebook page.

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