"Olinga. We don't all have our own personal stories to share. But, thank God, some have relayed their personal stories in a way that they can be shared forever. So it is in this spirit that I post this one, told by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary as relayed to her group by now-retired member of the Universal House of Justice Mr. Ali Nakhjavani in Haifa, Israel in 1994, following her travels with a group of professional African-American women throughout Southern Africa .....
"When asked what he knew about tests and difficulties, Enoch Olinga replied that humanity was like an instrument. And that as instruments, all of us had a longing desire to be played by this Most Great Musician that everyone had heard about.
"And this yearning was within all of us, and he said, 'Say you're a guitar. And this guitar yearns to be played by the Most Great Musician. And finally one day the Most Great Musician can hear the yearning of this guitar to be played. And so he picks it up gently, holds it to his breast - because He knows how much this guitar longs to be played - and He attempts to play but He's found that the guitar is out of tune because of non-use.
"But the Great Musician says, 'Because I know how much this guitar longs to be played I will tune it.' And as He attempts to tune the first string, the string is brittle and does not yield to the tuning and breaks.
"And Enoch Olinga said, 'It is the tuning that is the tests and difficulties of life. He says that the Great Musician says that 'because I know this guitar wants so much to be played, I will play with five strings.' And as He attempts to tune the fifth string, it too does not yield and breaks against the tuning.
"Until finally all the strings have broken except one. And the Great Musician says, 'But because I know this instrument, this guitar, desires so much to be played I will play with one string. And so He attempts to tune the last string and it, too, breaks.
"And now there are no strings left, and the Great Musician holds the guitar in His Hands and He looks at it. And finally He casts it aside, and searches for another that has the same yearning.
"Well, when we heard that we kept thinking, 'well, now, surely this isn't the end of the story. He's gonna give it some more strings. He's gonna make a drum out of it but He's not gonna cast it aside.'
"And it was at that time that Ali Nakhjavani said to us that Enoch Olinga explained that no matter how much you desire to serve, no matter how gifted you are or no matter how much you yearn, no matter what you do, if you do not yield to the tests and difficulties of life, you will break against them, and then God cannot use you."