Obstacles as Stepping Stones ~ By Rev. Kurt Condra

Arriving for his sold-out performance at the Cologne Opera House, improvisational jazz pianist Keith Jarrett discovered a mixup: Instead of the Imperial Concert Grand that was to have been shipped in, opera staff mistakenly staged an abysmally over-used, much smaller baby grand. Even after hours of tuning and repair, the practice piano's upper registers were tinny, bass was weak, and the pedals didn't work. 
 
To compensate for the piano's flaws, he used lots of rolling left-hand which gave the effect of stronger bass, and he focused his playing in the middle of the keyboard. On the recordings, he can be heard moaning/wailing in cries I like to imagine are rapturous.
 
It took nearly a year before he could be persuaded to release a recording of his Köln Concert. It went on to become the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and the all-time best-selling piano album with sales of more than 3.5 million.
 
Spirituality is not about eliminating or resisting the obstacles we encounter in life. It's about becoming one with them. We transcend current circumstances by flowing with them, claiming them as part of greater good emerging. Unity author Eric Butterworth describes this flow as "a force that transcends mistakes and wrong choices and makes all things work for good."
 
Whatever limitation you may be facing (and who isn't dealing with some kinda somethin'?), my prayer is you see it's just a marker on the path to glorious good.