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  • Jill Jarrell Newsome


Someone was talking about how things have not worked out as they thought and as they planned, I hurt for them. It is hard, when we put our heart and soul in something, to later find out it is time to move on. It is easier said than done but I do feel this is God bringing us another season.

"My dad and my older brother were both football players,” Bart said ”so naturally, that’s what I wanted to do as well. But I broke both my ankles in a high school football game and that ended my career...Our football practices took place during the school day, sort of a substitute for Phys. Ed. So since I couldn’t dress out for practice, I had to move into another elective class, and choir was the only thing open at that point in the semester. I reluctantly joined the choir and as it turned out, I had a great choir teacher and also had a very encouraging music minister at my church, who both prodded me to get more involved, do solos and so forth.”

And the rest they say is musical history. Bart Millard started perfecting his craft, met a few friends, formed the band MercyMe in 1994 and 24 years later, the band is still going strong. In 2001, they released the song “I Can Only Imagine” and remains their biggest single in the band’s 24 year history."

Now that is a lot in a little paragraph! I am sure there was much frustration, doubt, unbelief, anger, etc. during that time of rerouting. Proverbs 19: 21, "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Often times, we are disappointed and frustrated because things did not go according to our plans but we learn to trust God and He uses them for good. Even though our directions change, our God does not. I am thankful that God does not have to do like Google Maps and "reroute" and .... for a while before we get back on track. God does not need the "..." because He already has the plan worked out for our good! Jeremiah 29: 11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Life can get pretty difficult and at times we do not know which direction to go. The best navigational tool we have is God's Word! And it never has to be updated because it never changes. God is the same. Hebrews 13: 8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." I have felt God speak to me many times through Scripture - He brings a certain passage to heart and I keep hearing it over and over.

When those hard times interrupt my sleep I can quote those Scriptures that I have memorized. When I recite and meditate on what I am saying, I drift off to sleep. I feel like the psalmist in Psalm 119: 28, "My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word." He brings comfort and peace to my soul through His Word. One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to hold God’s Word in our heart. I know I need to put it all in perspective when the confusing times come along. I need to picture my life being rerouted immediately by God. He will teach us along the way and in the end we will know it was the most beautiful route where nothing went to waste. He will use it all!


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