DAY FIVE: A NEW DREAM
AND YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME, WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART. JEREMIAH 29:13, NKJV
Jentezen Franklin shares this story with us today..... I was twenty years old and in my first year of college. I dreamed of becoming a saxophone artist and had a scholarship to become that at Barton College in North Carolina. In between semesters, I decided to go back home to my parents in a little town called Kenly, a place surrounded by cornfields.
Once I arrived back home, the pace I had grown accustomed to at college—practicing my saxophone every day, studying, working—all of that changed.
I developed a discipline of reading God’s word and praying.
One day, I felt led to go on a three-day fast. I was about to go back to college, yet I strangely felt a lack of enthusiasm, as if my former dream wasn’t what I was supposed to do.
So, I fasted. I prayed, “God, whatever you want me to do with my life, I want to do it.”
At the end of my fast, I slipped out of the house my parents lived in and went to a nearby building my dad would use as an event center for the churches he oversaw in the area.
No one was in the building, so I walked into the sanctuary and onto the stage where there was an upright piano.
I got down on my knees and started praying. Suddenly, the presence of God came into that room—tangibly and powerfully.
I knew when I got up off my knees, I could never just be a musician again. I’ll always be a worshiper, but I couldn’t be a saxophone artist.
God had called me to preach.
A change of pace and a change of place had given me a change of perspective about who I was in God and what He was calling me to do.
What is God speaking to you today?