by Macy Johnson
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
that you may declare the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
(1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
It was Halloween morning. I reviewed the notes I had written in the My Utmost for His Highest journal my daughter had given me in 2003. On October 31st of that year I had written, “Called to be a Christian writer.” God put the desire in my heart and fulfilled it sixteen years later.
In the wee hours of that same morning God woke me and gave me a new calling to be a choir director’s assistant. I had directed a choir during a concert many years ago, so I tucked the thought away in my heart.
At choir practice the following Thursday night, my church’s director/pianist announced that she would need to cancel an upcoming rehearsal for our Christmas concert. She would be out of town. At the close of that night’s rehearsal, I sensed the Holy Spirit suggest, “Offer to help.” I approached Amy and suggested, “I can conduct the rehearsal for you that day, if you would like.” She asked if I would also accompany the cantata so she could direct. I told her I would be honored.
The next morning, Amy sent out an email to the choir announcing the rehearsal would not be cancelled and I would lead it for her. I thanked my heavenly Father for the opportunity to contribute in this new direction.
All of God’s children are called to minister in different capacities to assist others in their ministries. I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ will discover their unique callings and eagerly respond.
I will declare God’s praises as I serve in His kingdom. I hope you will, too!