A piano teacher, who is a good friend of mine, told me an awe-inspiring story about two young brothers who came to him for piano lessons.
These two boys wanted to learn how to play piano more than anything, but their family was on a very small budget and there was no piano in their home to practice on. The teacher saw how sincere they were and wanted to support their desire, so he agreed to give them a lesson for a rate they could afford, and then they would see how it went the next week.
During the lesson, the youngsters sat down at the piano and eagerly soaked in everything they could about which notes to play and how to read notes on a page of music. After the lesson, they went home and drew out a piano keyboard on a long piece of cardboard, coloring in the white and black keys. They sat their assigned music in front of the makeshift piano, and dutifully played the notes from the page on the cardboard, plunking their little fingers on the pretend keys in front of them.
When they came back for a second lesson, they played the music perfectly on a real piano in the studio.
They repeated this pattern for three weeks, coming back for each lesson with their music learned perfectly.
A dad of another student heard about their commitment to learning the piano and was so touched by their earnestness, that with a few phone calls, he tracked down a used piano elsewhere in town that was offered to the boys. They are now practicing on a real piano with real keys, and flourishing.
I love this story because these boys demonstrated the supremacy of Mind. They did not let an appearance of material lack limit their sense of possibility. They did not think, “I don’t have a piano, so I can’t learn how to play a piano.” They saw playing the piano as an idea they could act upon whether they had a piano at home or not. They acted upon the idea with full faith that they were doing the right thing, and their sincerity and commitment was rewarded with the appearance of a piano that allowed them to keep growing and progressing. They leaned on Mind, probably without realizing it, and Mind supported them all the way.
“The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith”
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 199.