Aric Harding is going viral, after an Instagram video of Aric playing the piano in floodwaters that rose as high as the piano’s bench began making the rounds and resonating with viewers. Harding’s below video is so touching, Vanessa Carlton turned to Twitter, also seen in the below tweet, to offer the Friendswood man – who found his piano flooded during Hurricane Harvey – a replacement piano if his piano did not survive the storm. Harding posted the Instagram video – and within 48 hours or so, the video had swelled to nearly 15,000 views and enjoyed hundreds of comments.
Aric explained in the Instagram video that he had returned to the flooded living room in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to survey the damage. The moment was overwhelming for Harding, who said that he didn’t often get emotional. Aric also credited other members of his family as being better piano players, but Harding sat down at the piano to play a tune and see if the piano still worked. Aric wrote that he retrieved some of his children’s favorite stuffed animals and games to keep the kids entertained, as he also sat down to play the piano. Harding credited Pastor Bruce Wesley for pointing his congregation to the passage in Roman 8 that speaks of finding good even in times of suffering.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”
Aric’s melodic message is being spread all over social media and beyond.
I went back to our street today because as you guys have probably seen the water has come back with a vengeance. I hope this was its high point. I grabbed the kids' favorite stuffed animals that we had left behind and a couple of games to keep the kids occupied. I think it's all finally sinking in a little. What we used to have going as a city is gone. I really think God is going to do something completely new here. I am excited to see the new beauty in the suffering. Our pastor @bruce_wesley reminded us of that truth from Romans 8 this morning on his Facebook Live broadcast. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:18-28 ESV
Aric continued the message found in the Book of Romans that speaks of hope and of God working everything together for good – even when things don’t seem great. Harding wrote about patience and keeping hope for things not seen with the natural eye. On Twitter, the Aric Harding account notes his location as Houston, Texas, and points to the arichardingandtheexchange.com website for more information about the man who has suddenly gone viral.
Aric continued to write about the lessons learned via his pastor’s Facebook Live sermon, writing about the Holy Spirit helping people in weakness, and interceding with effective prayers when people can only issue forth groans.
This story is so important. Is there a way I can get his contact info? I'd like to get him a replacement piano if this one doesn't make it.— Vanessa Carlton (@VanessaCarlton) August 31, 2017
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