Stubborn, Hardheaded, Chosen, Successful

Last night the satellite worship team led worship at the home church. Pastor Monte was at his son’s Baccalaureate and Pastor Gary was going to preach.

I practiced those three songs for hours. Joe, the band leader started picking on me the minute I arrived. He even got two other Associate Pastors to give me a hard time!

I threw my hands up in the air and said, “Why, God, why?” His answer?

Isaiah 48:4, “I knew you were stubborn and hard-headed.”

I said, “I give up.” The result?

Isaiah 50:5, “He made me willing to listen and not rebel or run away.”

During the service I managed to mess up on all three songs! BIG, MAJOR, WRONG CHORDS! There was a guitar solo on one song that Joe asked me to play with him. I had the notes written down and practiced it a million times. The way things were going, I was tempted to drop out and just let him play it.

At the last possible second, I started the solo part…missed one note…but flew through the most difficult part ending at the same time as Joe.

I didn’t dare believe I had kept up and fearfully looked over at Joe. He was smiling! Then I couldn’t stop grinning. I thought it would be the highlight of my evening.


God showed up in a powerful way. I glanced up and the front of the church looked like a “mosh pit.”

Only these were great-grandpas and great-grandmas with their arms lifted straight up in the air like teenagers!

There were grandpas, grandmas, moms and dads there, also, but it was the totally gray headed, wholeheartedly praising God, that gave me goosebumps!

Just when I think God has done something neat, (like getting me through that solo), He does something greater that blows my mind!

This morning I asked God to make Joe stop picking on me. He clearly said, “A diamond can only be cut by another diamond.”

Iron Sharpens Iron

God is using Joe to knock off my hard edges. (Of course, I’m trying to return the favor.)

And we are like clay compared to his wife, Sara our manager. She’s even tougher!

No matter how tough it gets, it’s all good because of today’s verse.

Isaiah 48:15, “I was the one who chose him. I have brought him this far, and he will be successful.”