“The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” Lamentations 3:25
She knows she’s created for the stage. Inspired by success stories on tv, Shannon knows deep in her heart, she has what it takes to make it big. I don’t doubt she does; she is incredibly talented. Whenever I hear her sing, tears come to my eyes. The one thing I wonder though, is whether or not Shannon has sought on Jesus what he wants for her.
I know that Shannon loves Jesus, I just don’t know if her dream is his dream. Is her definition of success and his definition of success idential? Good and God are not always the same. His way and her way may be different ways. The one thing I do know: His way is always best. He tells us in Isaiah 55:9 ““As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Higher; better than mine is exactly what I found out when it came to God’s design for me. I had a plan. I know it probably doesn’t sound like much to you, but I wanted to be a pastor’s wife. I wanted to spend my life supporting a man who was sharing God’s truth every day.
God completely ruined those plans. As I sought him through reading his word and prayer, he up ended my plans for Bible College and any chance I had of meeting a preacher man. For awhile, I was quite upset. I had it all figured out and it felt like he was messing it up. Then I finally decided to trust the one who loved me most.
Where did I end up? I guess you could say I became the “preacher”. I would have never dreamt that I would be the one communicating through speaking and writing. I just didn’t think that big. I was dreaming of being the cheerleader, when Jesus was dreaming of me being the quarterback. (I’m glad he didn’t tell me too early, I probably would have freaked out!)
I’m not sure what God’s plan is for Shannon. Maybe the big stage is exactly what his plan is for her. That might be the exact spot where she will glorify him most. What I do know is giving him glory is exactly what he wants most for her; I hope that is what Shannon wants most too. He promises that he is good to those whose hope is in him and his good is always the best!
Plans are not just made when we are young. Today, God has a plan for you to bring him glory. Will you let go of your good in order to embrace his best?