Ministering in Ukraine

The Future of that Man...

Monday, July 21, 2014

“The future of that man...”

“I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.  Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.” (Ps. 37:35-36)

  I had never played a piano quite like this.  Yes, it was a Steinway and those are always a treat to play.  And this was a limited edition “Imagine” piano, a beautiful, white replica of John Lennon’s Steinway grand.  It had cost 77,000 euros, or about $100,000.  

  However, what really gave me chills when I sat down and began to run my fingers along the smooth keys was the fact that I was sitting in the living room of the recently ousted president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich.  This had been his piano.  

  Oksana and I were in Kiev and decided to stop by for a tour of the breathtaking Mezhygyria estate which the corrupt leader had built for himself with the stolen money of the struggling Ukrainians he was supposed to serve.  Only four months previously, this beautiful palace, the guest mansions, private restaurants, gardens, sports center, golf course, lakes, waterfalls, and so much more had been the crown jewel of his private residences.  Oksana and I could sometimes only gasp as we took in the pristine beauty and unimaginable luxury around us.  

   When I asked our tour guide if I could play something on the stunning grand piano in the main hall of Yanukovich’s house, he agreed.  I played the Ukrainian nation anthem, thinking of the truth of Psalm 37.  To build our lives, hopes and futures upon anything else but Christ is to build upon sinking sand.  Only a short time ago, the powerful dictator had been enjoying and living in this very room while his political enemies were imprisoned, his nation’s economy was being gutted, and those who opposed him were being shot in the streets.  Now, he was gone and everything that he had owned and prized was in the hands of others.  

  The next verse in Psalm 37, says, “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.”  By living in obedience and righteousness before God and man, we may possibly never own a limited edition Steinway grand piano, but our future is held firmly and lovingly by the hand of an Almighty God honors those who live for Him.  That’s a treasure worth having.