Monday, June 21, 2010

Jeff's Piano...The Back Story!

Most of you know that Jeff just got a new grand piano. He is very happy about it and it looks really good in the music room. I wanted to share with all of you the story behind the piano. It is an amazing story and will help to show all of us how God works in our lives.




As I mentioned before, Jeff had wanted a grand piano for as long as I have known him. My only requirements were that we had to have a house that was big enough and the piano had to be oak. Finding an oak grand piano is a difficult task. Here is the story behind Jeff's new piano.

Jeff had been praying that he could find a grand piano in oak. He wanted to be led to the right piano. One day, he was looking on Craig's List and he found a grand piano in oak that he liked. He called about the piano and the lady who was selling it gave him as much information as she could. She then told him if he needed more information he could call a local preacher in town. The preacher he was told to call turned out to be the preacher of a church that we used to live by. Jeff knew the preacher very well and trusted his opinion. The preacher told Jeff that it was a very good piano and he also told him that the lady was selling the piano for her son who was dying.

Jeff made an appointment to go look at the piano. He liked what he saw, but was not for sure if it was the right piano for him. In fact, he looked at some other pianos after he saw the one that was on Craig's List. None of the other pianos seemed right.

Jeff decided to go look at the piano again. This time he took his piano tuner. The piano tuner looked at it and told Jeff that the piano was in excellent shape and that they were asking a very good price for it. After he made the deal with the lady, Jeff played a song for her. He played the song "Those Who Wait Upon The Lord." The lady started to cry and told him that her son had taken a turn for the worse and it was just a matter of time and he would be gone. Jeff said, "I think you need a hug." The lady said she did. I always joke with Jeff and tell him he would hug a post if he thought it would help. That is just the kind of person he is. He is very empathetic and always wants to make people feel better.

Jeff called the movers and scheduled a time for them to move the piano. He was suppose to be at the house at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. When he arrived the lady was not there. Her daughter-in-law's father was there. He said that the lady had gone to the hospital to be with her son. They had made the decision to take him off lifesupport. A few minutes later the daughter-in-law arrived at the house and said that the man had died a couple of hours ago. She said that he knew that Jeff had bought the piano and was very relieved that the piano he loved so much was going to a good home. She said, "His piano had a new home, and he was ready to go home too."

When Jeff saw the piano for the first time, the lady was telling him about her son. He had been in many musicals in high school. She told Jeff that she had several records that were made of the musical but didn't have a record player to play them on. She said, "I guess I will never get to hear them again."

Jeff has a very large record collection and has several record players. When he went to pick up the piano on that Wednesday morning, he took the lady a record player that he was not using.

The lady called Jeff today and told him that her son had a lot of music. She wanted him to come and look through the music and take whatever he wanted. On his way over there, he was thinking about the way that he found the piano. He said, "If this is truly the piano that I was looking for, I will find a certain music book that I have been looking for and could not find anywhere." The music book was the music to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." The old movie, not the new one. When he arrived at the house, the lady opened the door and Jeff could hear one of the musicals playing on the record player that he gave her. She said, "I never thought I would be able to hear these musicals again."

Jeff began looking through the music, and guess what he found...the music to "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory!" This reaffirmed to him that this piano was meant for him. He talked to the woman and she told him more about her son. You will never belive what her son's name was...Jeff. She said, "Isn't it fitting that the piano is going from one Jeff to another."

If you ever doubt that God is not in control and that He does not want to give us the desires of our hearts, I want you to remember this story. I know that Jeff has been a comfort to this lady in a very dark time in her life, and I am sure that neither one of them will ever forget the other. Please remember this family in your prayers. Please pray that God will give them peace in this very difficult time.

My Best to You Always,
~Dan~

24 comments:

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Dan what a wonderful story..thanks for sharing this with all of us...

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

That piano is definately in the right place. I love to hear stories like this. And I happen to agree with Jeff when it comes to hugs...they do make people feel better!

Proper Prim said...

Dan what a wonderful heartfelt story. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes.

That lady was blessed to have Jeff come to her at such a difficult time. What a kind soul he has.

I can see a long friendship in the making here. God bless you both for being so caring. God sent her the right angels.

Hugs, Deb

JenR65 said...

What a beautiful heartwarming story. It definitely was meant to be. My prayers for the family...

Pam said...

What a beautiful story. You made me cry at 9:30 in the morning which is no easy accomplishment.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

God certainly does work in mysterious ways. Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story with all of us. I'm sure Jeff will never forget as he sits and plays that beautiful piano. Have a great week, Dawn

Tamera @ the Stone Fence Cottage said...

God works in mysterious ways. Jeff had a divine appointment with that family!!!

~Judy~ said...

WOW! Great story. You just made my day!!

Judy

Janie said...

Wow, what a great story. I have tears in my eyes. That piano was surely meant for Jeff.

I am sure the other Jeff's Mom has Joy in her heart knowing that the piano has found a loving home.

Thanks for sharing, Janie

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

A beautiful story indeed! God does work in mysterious ways, How appropriate and endearing. This was meant to be.... Linda

darlarauch said...

oh my, what a wonderful story~ thank you SO much for sharing it with us!!
God is great!!!!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Dan such a wonderful heartwarming 'story' - thanks so much for sharing Jeff's dream and how it was made to come true and how it gave a grieving mother comfort as well.
Karen

Btrie said...

Prayers for this family as they grieve the loss of their Jeff. God guides us and we must recognize those moments.

janet said...

There are no coincidences..It was Gods plan for your Jeff to have that piano..The loss that mother is experiencing is sad but maybe she can listen to the music to have her Jeff with her..Hopefully it will give her the comfort she needs..I can't say it enough how heartfelt your posts are..As the old saying goes..You two are definetly "good people"..

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

What a fabulous, touching, and meaningful story, Dan. Some things are simply meant to be...

Enjoy that new treasure and all of the happiness it brings with it.

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

God does truly work in strange and mysterious ways. Thanks for sharing this very touching story.

Maxine

Robyn said...

Thank you for sharing Jeff's story. The piano was meant to be.

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Finally got to this blog entry and glad I did! Amazing story-Sounds like this was part of God's plan. Prayers for the family and I am sure you eased this lady's pain at such a difficult time.

Hugs
Paula

mom mom / Winona said...

God is good.....and so is Jeff. Give him lots of hugs from me.....love the story.
Winona

teachermomof2 said...

Great story~brought tears to my eyes. God is good!

Trials and Tribulations said...

This is such a wonderful story and I'm glad you chose to share it with us.

WOLFIE

Joanne said...

What a truly wonderful story - your Jeff is a good man and what perfect timing he saw that ad on Craig's list - just brought chills (good ones) to me! Love hearing stories like this

Smyrna said...

Oh Dan, what a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. I have goosebumps and tears. ((((hugs))))

Angie Berry said...

What a powerful witness this story is of how God provides for us. He is so faithful to supply our needs, and he is so good to supply some wants. This is a very touching story that brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful that Jeff could be there for this woman. I'm sure he has been a huge help in her time of grief.