God's Perfect Timing: A Dream Come True

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This is an inspirational story about waiting for God to bring a dream he had given me during my teen years to pass in his perfect timing. The purpose of this story is to encourage the reader to wait on God to fulfill the dreams He has given them.

Submitted: November 19, 2008

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God’s Perfect Timing:A Dream Come True

“Valerie, would you sing a solo at my wedding in June?” I was stunned by my friend Dawn’s request, because I had never sung a solo for an audience before. After pausing for a moment, I told her “No.” I explained to her that finding the sheet music and a soundtrack for a wedding solo written in my vocal range (alto) would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

In the midst of my doubt, my heart heard the familiar, silent voice of God prompting me to call Dawn back and commit to singing a solo for her wedding. From the day I began my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of five, my mind has not always been able to comprehend His ways. Nonetheless, in the midst of my lack of understanding, my heart has trusted Him.

I’ve found Proverbs 3:5-6 to be the key to walking in total harmony with God and his “perfect plan” for my life. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”KJV

In obedience to God’s prompting, I called Dawn and said,“Dawn, if I can find a song in my vocal range that you like, then I will sing a solo at your wedding.” She was excited and told me that it would mean a lot to her, because I had encouraged her not to give up on God when her father passed away several years earlier.

My main musical experience from grade school through high school was playing the clarinet. In high school, I had a dream that, one day, I would sing a solo for a large audience. That dream evaporated as fast as it came, but it left its mark on my heart.

In the early 1990’s, Bob, the director of our church’s young adult choir, asked me to sing in an eight-person young adult ensemble. Bob is a talented musician, and I was shocked when he told me that he thought my voice would blend in well with the others. He had no idea at that time how God was going to use him to inspire me to develop my voice.

In 1996, God led me to Steve, a musician who has a special gift for teaching voice. I worked with him for two years and he helped me increase my vocal range by several notes. During that time, there was no opportunity for me to sing a solo, so I set the idea aside for seven more years.

On a cold winter night in January of 2005, I ventured out to a local Christian bookstore and spent an hour thumbing through the pages of several wedding solo books. In my mind, it was the “obvious place” to look for a wedding solo. I left the store empty-handed and discouraged.Once again, I couldn’t find a solo in my vocal range.

Are you looking for God to meet your needs only to find that He is not? This is because of our limited perspective. You can rest assured in knowing that His ways are not our ways. Be encouraged, He is going to meet your need in a way that only He could imagine!

In early February, God prompted me to call Londa. I had sung in her worship team at a church I had previously attended and she has a vocal range similar to mine. Londa has written and recorded many beautiful songs.

I met with Londa and she sang a song for me that she and her dad had written entitled “We ThreeAre One.” I knew instantly that this was the perfect song. I showed the music to my friend Dawn and she loved it! When Dawn was growing up, she had watched Londa and her family sing and minister on television, and she thought it would be special to have one of their songs included at her wedding.

I had just begun a four-month journey of intense practice, memorization of lyrics, and times of discouragement, wondering if this would turn out right. I almost threw in the towel a few times, but the commitment I had made to my friend and my obedience to God drove me to the finish line.

Bob, the young-adult choir director who had asked me to sing in the ensemble, helped me prepare for the solo. Bob had recently moved back to the Twin Cities after being in Michigan for several years. Working with Bob was encouraging and yet another affirmation to me that God was guiding my steps.

Ten minutes prior to going on stage to sing on the day of the wedding, my throat was dry and tight. I thought to myself, “What on earth do you think you are doing? You are in your thirties, and isn’t it kind of late to be trying this?” At that point, I was praying that notes would come out in the form of a song.

The music started and the first note came out on pitch. As I stood facing my friend and her husband while they lit the unity candle, they did something that was not rehearsed. They took each other in their arms and began swaying back and forth to the music as I sang. They looked relaxed and really seemed to be enjoying themselves and rejoicing in God’s blessing of bringing them together. Meanwhile, I felt God’s anointing and presence so strongly that I began to sing each note with greater boldness.

When silence fell after I had sung the last note, I felt peaceful that it had gone well and that God had blessed my efforts. I give Him all the praise for His faithfulness in seeing me through.When God places a dream in your heart, He will make it come true in His “perfect timing.”


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