When I was a teen and in the high school show choir and the lead in the musical that year, I had stars in my eyes that one day I might make it to New York. I mean, even a place like Carnegie Hall or something. But while attending college at Texas A&M I discovered radio. Or rather it found me. My first boss told me I was a natural and could make a career out of radio if I wanted. Wow…there was my door into the music business. I was so excited. My goal became to make it in Los Angeles. And I did! At 23 I landed a job in radio in Southern California and never looked back.
So it was with great amusement and disbelief when I learned a part of me had indeed made it to Carnegie Hall. Let me explain. A few weeks ago I visited Nashville to see dear friends. Previously I had lived and worked there for 23 years so my friendships go deep. I stayed with a friend that is an Entertainment Lawyer that I helped when she first moved to Nashville years ago. We are like family now. Anyway, I had a bracelet I bought here in B/CS that she just loved. So on my last day there I took off my bracelet and gave it to her as a gift. She was so excited!
Fast forward to a few days ago. She texted me that she just got back from New York City after attending a concert by one of the artists she represents…at Carnegie Hall!! Well…I had made it to Carnegie Hall after all. Kind of. My bracelet did. Isn’t that just like our God to give us even a small, silly thing in God’s way and His time?
God’s Will for my life took a different course than I thought it would. He led me another direction for His glory. And after all these years He brought me back to Texas to do Christian radio in the city I went to college in. I met my Nashville friend through Christian radio 30 years ago and followed God’s direction to help her and it was even the Holy Spirit that urged me to give her my bracelet. That seems to be God’s Way…give…let go…help…give. And keep walking.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have any contact with Carnegie Hall. I had completely forgotten about it. But God showed me He is here and in control of my life and wanted to remind me that He will give us the desires of our hearts. Just not in our way or time. It seems like something so small and silly….’Hey, my bracelet made it to Carnegie Hall!’ HaHa But it was God that made that happen. And no one can ever tell me different.
I want to encourage you that whatever your Carnegie Hall is, God hears your heart and will give you the desires of your heart. But it might be through a window instead of the door, so to speak. Or in my case, through a bracelet.