We had an expensive summer. Looking at the budget, the one thing that was a “luxury” was my voice lessons. It seemed that I would have to let go of my dream again.
With a heavy heart, that Wednesday I gave a two-week notice to my voice coach. I said that I’d reschedule when I got a job.
“A job?” I thought? I hadn’t really thought about getting one. Our finances didn’t require that I do so. “Where did that come from?”
On my way home, I toyed with the idea of contacting some of the local employment agencies. Maybe I’d do it on Monday.
The next morning, I received a call from an old friend.
“Tami, I’ve been caring for my mom. She’s become too much for me to handle alone. Every time I think about getting someone to help, your name comes to mind. I thought I’d give you a call and see if you’re interested in a job.”
I laughed and told her about my conversation with my voice coach on the previous afternoon.
“If you’d asked me yesterday morning, I would have given you some great referrals, but turned you down. In light of that conversation, I’d say that I’m supposed to work for you! When do you want me to start?”
We discussed the particulars, then she asked, “Your next phone call is going to be to schedule voice lessons for next month, right?”
With a giggle, I said, “You know it!”
On Monday, I began the first job I’ve had in over a decade. The sweet Christian lady I serve is a delight. She doesn’t speak much, but when she smiles, you can see Jesus through her. I love being with her and her daughter.
Because of this “godsend,” I have earned enough money to get a pick-up installed in Grace (my 12-string) so I can use the guitar in more venues. I’ve also earned enough to pay for six months of guitar lessons – and piano as well. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to buy my own microphone, a sustain pedal for my keyboard, and an amplifier.
In the meantime, I have the joy of traveling through the Valley of the Shadow with these two women. Jesus’ presence is tangible most days. I love it.
However, it brings back memories of the last month of my mom’s life. That’s hard some days. Jesus is using this time to heal some of my hurt from her passing and teaching me new things about Himself.
However, the five hours spent away from home have taken a bit of a toll on my writing, reading and responding to blogs. If you’re not hearing from me as often, now you know why!
I’m not sure where the Lord is leading me, but I’m excited that His plans for me include music. That has been my greatest desire and gives me an immense amount of joy.
I’ve begun to write songs again…my voice coach (and the family who comes behind me) really like them. That is encouraging. I feared that this would have to wait until heaven.
Now I’m not so sure.
Don’t look for me on the “Top Forty” list…I don’t believe that’s where I’m headed (thank You, Lord!). But I sense a new season. I’m excited and wonder what’s coming next.
At the very least, I’ll be able to lead worship better in the future. Before this job, I did this at least five times per week. They’ll certainly appreciate the improvements…and so will I!
What dream did you have when you were younger? Have you given up on it altogether? Why not ask the Lord if He planted that desire in your heart for heaven…or here on earth?
Age isn’t a factor when it comes to the Lord:
Abraham and Sarah were 100 and 90 when Isaac was born.
Moses was 80 when he became the leader of the Israelites.
Caleb was 85 when he defeated the giants and claimed his territory in Israel.
Zacharias and Elizabeth were “advanced in years” when she gave birth to John the Baptist.
You’re not too old to fulfill the desire God gave you. He put it there for a reason…He has a plan for you that didn’t expire when you turned 40!
Maybe it’s time we dusted off those old dreams
and showed the world what an old Spirit-filled geezer can do!
Grab your walker and join me. I’ll race you to the top!