|Posted by Donna Dawson on July 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM|
Childhood Talents -guest post by Laura J. Davis.
Welcome Laura and thank you for posting today. Laura can be found on facebook at Laura Davis or you can visit her website at Laura Davis. Laura is an award winning novelist and a professional singer. Laura please tell us how we can know we are following God's plan for us.
Laura J. Davis:
I was at lunch with my friends one Sunday and one of the topics of conversation had to do with our children. We observed that certain passions or talents exhibited during childhood led our kids to the careers or ministries they have chosen today. For example, my daughter Sarah took an interest in drawing and displayed a natural talent for it when she was no more than two years old. Today, she is planning a career in animation. One friend related how her son, as a wee boy, would be drawn to police cars and loved dressing up as a policeman. Today, he is a police officer. The granddaughter of another friend loves to video tape herself doing cooking shows. I’m guessing she is either going to be a cook, or an actress, as her grandmother tells me she’s quite a natural in front of the camera!
As we continued to talk, we started to see a trend – what we were passionate about as children or had a natural talent for, eventually led us to what we would do in our adult years. I used to sing myself to sleep at night and began singing at a very early age. As I grew older, God led me into a singing ministry. I also spent countless hours reading when I was growing up and writing all kinds of fanciful stories. So, I shouldn’t have been surprised when, after my singing ministry ended, I started writing.
So, I started to wonder – what did Mary see in Jesus when he was growing up, that led her to ask him to turn water into wine? Had Jesus performed other miracles before this one? None are recorded in the bible. So, what made Mary force his hand at the wedding in Cana? How did she know he could help them in a miraculous way? By her knowledge of his birth and childhood! She knew Jesus was God’s son. She didn’t need any convincing on that score. So, like any good Jewish mother she nagged, pushed and prodded until her child did as he was told. Not that Jesus would need to be nagged – the bible said he was obedient to his parents (Luke 2:51). Despite the fact that Jesus was reluctant to display his power so early in his ministry, he obeyed his mother and his first miracle caused his first disciples – James, John, Peter, Andrew, Philip and Nathanael, to put their faith in him.
When I look back on my life, even that part of my life when I did not acknowledge God, I still see His hand governing my life – and I stand in awe. My interests, passions and talents started as a child and grew to the point where now I am right where God wants me – writing for Him.
You are God’s workmanship and He designed you with particular passions and talents in mind. He has a plan for you and made you for a specific purpose. Examine your life. What are your passions? What are your talents? Are you doing what God created you to do or what others expect of you?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)