Friday, February 29, 2008

That's Not the Path I've Chosen

“He shall choose our inheritance for us.” Psalm 47:4

Her eyes sparkled bright with the full enthusiasm of any high school graduate. “I want to go to college,” she announced, “to study theater and business.”

“But, that’s not the path I’ve chosen for you,” the Lord politely replied.

That was a defining moment. Her love for God, and her trust in His faithfulness made a difficult choice somewhat easier. “Alright, then,” she answered, “I will lay it down for You.”

Her youthful heart began to expand with all the inquisitive expectancy which faith and dreams can muster together. “How far can I go? What languages can I learn? Where might God take me in this world?”

Fifteen years have passed, and that girl is now a woman; seasoned with grace, and experienced in life far beyond what any school anywhere could ever teach. She has lived in England, Austria, Thailand, and now lives in Hong Kong; where she has been for the past ten years. She has started her own business making and selling exquisite hand bags, purses, jewelry and other accessories.

Her name is Annalisa. And her mother and I could not be more thrilled with how God is blessing and using our daughter.

You can well imagine how Annalisa’s heart must’ve soared the other night when she took center stage in a theatrical production called “Chasing the Dragon.” It is based on the true-life story of how the infamous Walled City of Kowloon was transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit through the tireless efforts of a lady named Jackie Pullinger. Annalisa played the lead role to a packed house in the Hong Kong City Concert Hall.

The girl who wanted to study theater and start a business, is now a business woman in Hong Kong, using her theatrical abilities to share the story of Jesus with others.He shall choose our inheritance for us -- and His choice is always most excellent.

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