Full Circle

Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved to sing.
Who taught himself to play the drums and any stringed instrument out there.
He didn’t grow up with with much; money, opportunity, or privilege.
But God given talent and a heart for worship he did have.
That boy grew up and sang.

.
First for Jesus, then in bars and Super Bowl parties, then for Jesus again.
Because God likes to go full circle like that.
But the boy’s dreams didn’t happen like he wanted.
He wanted to lift up Jesus in arenas, and on tours and with multi platinum record deals.
So the boy stopped singing.
He stopped playing.
He stopped listening.
And in that dry season that spanned about 10+ years, that boy still loved God.
He still served Him.
He may have been a *little* bit angry and hurt that things didn’t turn out like his heart had planned.
He was still faithful.

The month of April brought an anniversary for my best friend.
One over 30 years in the making.
April marked one year of him leading our church in praise and worship.
A role he never dreamed would come his way.
One he didn’t really know if he wanted.
But God.
Jeremiah 29:11 doesn’t say, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.  You’re going to love them because you’ll know exactly what’s going to happen and when and it’ll unfold exactly how and when you want it.”
Instead it says, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
The underlying tone of this scripture is for us to trust.
To trust that the talents and abilities and character traits that He’s planted in you since you were conceived, are all a part of that prosperous and hopeful future.
And that’s what I see every Sunday when I watch that boy lead our church in praise and worship.
I see a beautiful, prosperous and hopeful plan unfolding.
It didn’t work out how he wanted.
But it worked out exactly how He intended.
I see a miracle in a boy who’s faithful heart may not be lifting up Jesus in arenas.
But instead, because the grace and unrelenting love of a God who sees the desires of our hearts.
He’s singing to an audience of one.
The One.
And bringing a congregation with him.

Let me encourage you with this.
You were born for such a time as this.
Just like God whispered to Esther thousands of years ago:

THIS.
That is such a powerful word.
I don’t know what your “this” is.
Or what you thought it should have been.
But I do know that God wants you to put your “this” into His hand, because He put it in your heart in the first place.
And trust Him with the in between.

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.

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