Back in January the Washington Post conducted an interesting experiment. It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, January 12 in the middle of the morning rush hour. Strategically placed in the traffic pattern of commuters on the Metro located at the L’Enfant Plaza Station, a white young man in jeans, t-shirt and baseball cap, removed a violin from a case and proceeded to play for the next 40 or so minutes. Nearly 1,100 people passed in those moments. The question? Would passersby caught up in the hustle and bustle of life be able to recognize beauty when it would be inconvenient to do so? Would those in a hurry be able to recognize genius when it stood right before them?
What the pedestrians didn’t know was that the musician was world acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell who performs before sold out concert halls around the world. And the instrument was a 1713 Stradivarius, purchased for $3.5 million. And the music was six of the classical world’s greatest compositions. The result, a mere 27 people stopped for even a moment to listen.
You can read the whole story here.
This past Sunday was Easter, one of the two greatest days of the year to recognize God’s presence among us. It is a day to be reminded and to see the great length to which God went in history and today continues to go in order to reveal Himself to us. To behold God’s presence is in my opinion the ultimate of beauty and genius, wisdom and grace, kindness and love.
Yet, so many catch so little of His “performance” among us.