Allow God To Be Your Author
Shy Charisse was up on the platform, about to play the piano for a huge conference with a good handful of some great preachers and a large auditorium that was full. Sweaty, shaky hands, red faced, telling myself~ "you can do this"~ the song leader waiting on my first notes, I play. I totally mess up the notes. I stop. The auditorium is quiet, everyone looking at me, and all I can say is "oops". Yes, I wanted to crawl right under that piano and hide. There have been times in my life where I haven't understood why God would put me in certain positions, but when I look back on my life, I feel like I'm reading the best novel ever written and I can't wait to read what comes next, because it's written by God. I started classical piano lessons when I was 4. My parents bought me a used baby grand when I was in the fourth grade and now that very piano sits in the auditorium of our little church in the thumb. I'm sure my parents never imagined that's where this piano would be one day, I know I didn't. But God knew. In one chapter, He wrote that an amazing church in Toledo would need my piano playing, even if it took me weeks to practice one hymn and many, many mess ups. He wrote in the next chapter that a little church in Caseville would not only need a piano player, but also a piano. And in the chapter I'm reading right now, my great Author wrote that my daughter would marry an extremely talented musician who would one day come and make that piano sound amazing. Not only that, but He also added that my equally talented nephew would also be living here to make use of my fourth grade present and together they would make our music ministry bless many (you can ask either young man to sing any note and without even hearing it on an instrument, they can!). Yes, My God knew all of that. I'm in awe of Him on a daily basis. His plan is always perfect. I'm sure He was smiling down on me that day when I uttered the word "oops" in front of so many, because He knew all along it wasn't a mistake. Even when I couldn't hit those notes, God was preparing two little boys to someday hit them perfectly for me, even without a piano. It's truly amazing how God put all the individual pieces into place for His glory. As we yield the uncertainties of our individual lives to God and His grace, He uses our lives to bless others in spite of our shortcomings. How do you read your life story? Is it a story of sadness, fear or loneliness? Are you dreading the next chapter or are you excited to see what comes next? If you allow God to be your Author, you won't be able to put that book down. You will see His hand in every word that's written and even when you don't know what the last chapter holds, you know it's going to be a best seller because God wrote it. And then~ you're going to want to share that story with the world.
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