At times I’d wonder if I’d heard God correctly. Did He did really want me to go on this trip? Every time I raised those questions, the Lord would reconfirm to me what He’d already spoken to my heart. Those moments of communication with Him further strengthened my belief that this trip really was part of His plan for me. I became so firmly convinced of this that I actually began to talk as if I were going to L.A. before a spot had even opened up for me. I tried not to let myself speak words of doubt and unbelief, but rather to keep my words in line with what God had said about the situation. (Proverbs 18:20-21)
Time wore on – day after day, week after week. In the meantime, I prepared for the trip. A spot opened up for the person ahead of me on the list. I was next in line. Yet as things progressed, a second slot failed to open up. To save me from the seemingly inevitable disappointment of my plans, I was cautioned not to get my hopes up too high. In the midst of it all, God’s Word provided the needed encouragement for me to continue trusting in what I knew God wanted for me.
The day of departure drew near. I still didn’t have a spot. If I were to end up going, it would surely be last-minute. . . .
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!