Monday was the 1 year anniversary of starting this blog, and also my birthday. This past weekend was probably one of the most wonderful I’ve ever experienced, and so I’m left standing on a mountain top. For the first time in my life, things have come full circle.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be-Psalm 139:16
After the first half of my awesome weekend , I had another wonderful experience. I was visiting my hometown, and felt led to go with a friend to her church. You see, I don’t get the opportunity to visit other churches because of doing ministry in my own church. So, it was a joy to be there- and it was as if God used everything in that service to minister to my spirit in a deep way. I cried when I saw my friend- just the excitement of seeing her for the first time in many years, and having the opportunity to worship with her was so wonderful! As we sang, I realized that I actually knew the worship leader. She was one of my very first piano and voice students! She even babysat my oldest daughter when she was an infant! I cannot tell you what a joy it was to see how God was using her as she led worship. She had the voice of an angel. Simply wonderful to witness! I hadn’t seen her in 10 years and my heart was overflowed with joy!
When my girls were babies, I felt like I was a failure for not following my dream and becoming a high school choir director. I had the degree to do it, but I knew that I wanted to be home with the girls… so I taught piano and voice lessons from my home. I loved it, but I always knew I’d only do it for a season. I can’t tell you how many times I questioned whether I really made a difference in my student’s lives when I taught lessons. So, seeing this former student was truly a God incident- not a coincidence! I truly felt that He was reaffirming that He was, in fact, the one in charge of my life- every little step of it! Even down to the young girl that would babysit my daughter 10 years ago!
And that my “dream” of being a high school choral director was my dream- not necessarily His plan for me!
And if that wasn’t enough, here’s another God-incident that morning- one of the people I hoped to see there was one of my former college professors. My friend informed me that she probably wouldn’t be there that day because the choir she directs was taking a break for the summer. But sure enough, in the middle of the worship- led by my former student, my former teacher gets up from the far corner of the church to share a Word from God. I would never have known she was there if God had not led her to share that morning! I literally jumped over people to find her during the friendship time!
I hadn’t seen her in probably 10 years! When I went up to her, I asked her if she remembered me, and she said “Julie! You’re my daughter!” and she wrapped her arms around me. When I told her that I was a worship pastor now, we both shed joyful tears- and she prayed the most lovely prayer over me. I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing. Every song that was sung, the message, the Spirit…was as if God had made a special appointment just for me right in that place.
God was bringing my life full circle. He was in every little detail. No, I’m not a high school choir director, but I have the wonderful privilege of serving Him in my church and ministering through music, and through many other ways. His plan for me has been more wonderful than my plan ever could be. It is awe inspiring to look back on all the little details of your life and see how He has been in it all. Being in that church service- one that I almost didn’t go to- reaffirmed that I am exactly where He wants me.
When we say “yes” to God, we open the door for Him to do amazing things!
I’m still standing on a mountain top- and the view is magnificent!