This story really started months ago when a friend asked me to drive down to Atlanta to see Third Day on June 6th. She purchased the tickets; I got us a hotel room. Fast forward to earlier this week. My friend messages me to say that something had come up and she will not be able to attend the concert. I knew I didn’t want to drive all that distance by myself so I cancelled our hotel reservations. My friend felt really bad about it and I told her that it was fine. I really should stay home as I’m getting ready to go on a mission trip on the 11th.
The problem was that I really wasn’t ok with it. I was more disappointed than I should have been. All this week it has rained every day and that only contributed to my grumpy mood. The Lord had brought this situation into my life and I was not content. I was disappointed in what He ordained.
Staying home allowed me to attend a birthday party that I would have missed. The party was for a 13-year old. She had invited women who are special to her to come and to share some thoughts and Scripture with her as she enters into womanhood. I know that each woman there had the birthday girl in mind when they shared their wisdom/thoughts/Scripture but the Lord used those women to speak to me. As each woman spoke about contentment, not conforming to the world, being a light in the darkness, etc., I was convicted of my attitude. I am so thankful that the Lord uses people to sharpen us and to speak into our lives–even though they didn’t know it. I confessed my sin and discontentment. I laid it all before the Lord and told Him that I was content with the situation.
No concert, no matter how fun it is, could have compared to this afternoon. To see a young lady that wants to be held accountable for the way she lives was so refreshing. It was also very convicting. Do I have that same passion? Do I want women speaking into my life? I realized in that moment that as much as I love Third Day, this was so much more important. The Lord had to remind me to be content in every situation. Following the Lord in obedience is better than any concert.
Later this afternoon when I was home and checking Facebook, I saw an announcement that the guys will be in Virginia in August. Trusting in His plan and His way always brings blessings!