Once upon a time, there was a writer who liked to write. And a blogger who liked to blog. (Same person.) She was not only a hobby-writer, but also a musician and a soon-to-be teacher, as long as this next semester goes well. And then, this writer/blogger/musician/teacher, wanted to add something else and so she had a genius idea to go to seminary. This person that I’m talking about in third person is actually me, if you didn’t guess, and I want to do everything. Oh, and I hobby-compose music, too. It’s super fun. But if I try to do all of the previously mentioned things, will I be only “okay” at everything?
Let’s ease up as I remember that the Lord has totally got my back and my future, so I don’t have to worry about that. Whatever I decide to do will be in his will, even if I become something totally different and unrelated to all of the above. If I suddenly became a janitor, that would be God’s will, too. But I don’t foresee that happening EVER, and we get the point that everything we do is in God’s will. Don’t you think he is bigger than that? Of course he is. He has not just chosen ONE path for your life. When there are options before you, you get to choose. We were given freewill, after all. And don’t get into a big argument about Calvinism, because that doesn’t matter. Yes, we have options. We can chose any path before us and it will be the right one. I was Skyping with my friend Ola on Sunday, and she was sharing about how we are each unique. YES. We are unique and the Holy Spirit is in each of God’s children. And that, my friends, is incredible. In Exodus, the Holy Spirit came to one man and the tabernacle was built perfectly. The Holy Spirit is in each of us, so no matter what we do, it won’t be wrong. The Spirit will USE us wherever we are and whoever we’re in contact with. Our job is to remember him and let him live through us, so that these things are possible. Not saying that they aren’t if we don’t, but it certainly makes things easier and makes you, the person who asks the Holy Spirit to move through you, more aware of what he is doing.
But sometimes I doubt a lot. Actually, a lot of times. My music ed prof talked about me filling out job applications while I’m student teaching when he saw me today, and I get really excited, because it would be so fun! But what about seminary? How long will that wait? Until I get burned out from teaching? The average music teacher lasts about three years. But to spite that number, I will make myself go at least four. Not that I like to spite statistics, but I kind of do. How many years will I teach before seminary? Because I want to do both. And also, a book that I finished this summer is being copy-edited by a friend/neighbor/retired English prof who I’m giving horn lessons to (and she is my very best student in SO many ways). I’m pretty excited. I need some prayer there, please, ‘cuz I’m planning to send it in to some publishers at the end of the summer. (Smiley face)
The Lord has a unique path designed for you, and you get to choose the direction. Well, God is ultimately in control, so he will use the direction you take for his glory. Pray and ask him to use the steps you take! And, if you get impatient with life like I sometimes do, just remember that his timing is ALWAYS perfect, whether we like it or not. God can do some pretty awesome things in the waiting-period, just saying.