I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
When he graduates from high school in the 70s, my husband, Danny, decides to postpone college. He is a self-taught guitarist with a powerful tenor voice. Why not make a living as a musician?
Danny pursues this route for years. Performing in restaurants. Bars. Hotel lounges.
Honing his skills.
Hanging with the wrong crowd.
About as far removed from God as east is from the west . . .
Fast forward thirty years.
Danny has survived college. Made good in the workplace.
Survived . . . a heart attack. A bitter divorce. A bout with pneumonia so severe, the doctors place him in an artificial coma for six days.
Survived . . . but, not quite arrived . . .
His sister, a devout Christian, stays with Danny for six weeks while he recuperates from the pneumonia. Cooking. Cleaning. Taking care of the boys. Taking care of him.
Talking about God.
Of salvation in Christ.
Danny has heard it all before.
But, this time . . . this time . . .
He listens with his heart. Feels in his soul. Grasps with his mind.
This year marks the ninth one for Danny leading contemporary worship at our church. He reflects back to all those years spent playing in the restaurants, the bars, the lounges. The ones he once saw as squandered . . . wasted.
But, God redeems them.
Because, without the experience, the years of practice, performing in public, Danny would have never been prepared for this.
Would not have been chosen to lead.
Would not have completed the work God gave him to do.
All for His glory . . .
How have your past experiences uniquely shaped who you are or what you do today?
Will you pray with me?
Thank you, Father, for the saving grace of Your Son, Jesus. Through Him, our past mistakes and struggles find redemption. We know, too, that You will be ever faithful to complete the good works You began in us. Amen.
Psalms 37:1-18 or 37:19-42
Habakkuk 3:1-10 (11-15), 16-18
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