Today I have the pleasure of sharing with you a guest post from Ashleigh N. Whitby, a very talented young lady. To read more about her and where you can find her, see below.
Growing up, I was a huge Backstreet Boys fan. I had all of their albums, hung their posters up on my wall, and memorized their choreography as soon as a new video would premiere. It was a typical preteen obsession on the hottest group out. When I found that they were coming to Atlanta as a stop on their Millennium tour, I was ecstatic. I just had to go.
A classmate with a shared fascination thought we could go together. My mom, however, needed to meet her mom first. We scheduled a Saturday lunch at Ruby Tuesday so the two could get acquainted. I remember it going really well… well, until we got in the car. That’s when she told me I couldn’t go.
Hurt and confused, I accepted my mom’s decision.
There are so many times in life where we won’t get what we want.
Maybe the loan we applied for gets denied. Or the relationship we struggled to make work ends. Or the company we applied to chooses another candidate. These hardships come even after we’ve hoped and prayed for the best. It’s during these moments when we can be reduced to our most vulnerable selves: broken, sorrowful, and doubtful. But this is also the time when God is shaping us for the blessings that are to come in His time.
It’s very easy to become short-sighted and not see that sometimes when we don’t get what we want, it’s because He is protecting us from unnecessary obstacles and events that will further delay us from our destiny. We have to trust that He knows what is best for us and can provide more than we could ever imagine.Trust God to do what He does best and sit back to receive the blessings... w/ @workashleigh Click To Tweet
Valentine’s Day fell a week or so after the lunch with my friend and our moms. I woke up to a card from my mom on the nightstand. I read the inside but was shocked to see something paper clipped to the back–two tickets to see the Backstreet Boys. She said I couldn’t go with my friend from school because she already made plans for us to attend the concert with my best friend and her mom. That was one of my first lessons in trusting God to do what He does best and sitting back to receive the blessings.