I love Jon Bon Jovi. Period. When I was in junior high and MTV still had music videos, my heart would melt as I watched him sing about how I was born to be his baby, and he was made to be my man. So naturally, I was super stoked when he was scheduled to be at the Greenbrier Classic a couple of years ago, and thrilled beyond belief when my sweet cousin texted me to tell me she had scored some tickets and asked if I wanted to go with her… Um, yeah!!!! It was beautiful.
But even Jon Bon Jovi had a time before he was singing to me from my television set. He was a kid. He was a teenager. He had jobs. Turns out, while he was trying to make it as a musician, he was working on and off as a janitor. Can you even imagine? Walking down a hallway somewhere and there is Jon Bon Jovi with a dustpan… Awesomeness.
|While Air Supply was singing about being “All out of Love,” and Queen was declaring that another one had, in fact, bitten the dust, Jon Bon Jovi was cleaning something somewhere, all the while making demos and hoping for a break.|
Other “Before They Were Stars” include Madonna working at Dunkin’ Donuts, Jennifer Aniston working as a telemarketer and a waitress, Morgan Freeman with a paper route, and George Clooney trying out for the Cincinatti Reds, but not making the cut.
Acts 7:53 gives us a glimpse into the Apostle Paul’s “Before They Were Stars” moment.
“…Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.”
At this point in the book of Acts, Stephen had been doing all sorts of miracles and sharing Jesus’ story with everyone, causing nonbelievers to get worked up. They accused him of blasphemy. When asked if these things were true, Steven goes on to give a beautiful speech, summing up a great deal of the Old Testament and accused them of resisting the Holy Spirit. You can imagine how well that went over. They dragged him out of the city and began to stone him.
“Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.”
We get a subtle introduction of some guy named Saul. Saul, a man who would later be known as Paul and do miracles, write at least 13 books of the New Testament, and lead continents to the Lord.
His “meanwhile” was holding coats for people who were killing others for preaching about Jesus .
But God had other plans for him. I’m so thankful for God’s plans.
What plans could God have for a girl who, meanwhile, was writing a blog…
For a guy who, meanwhile, was painting some cars…
A woman who, meanwhile, was cooking in the cafeteria…
A man who, meanwhile, was unemployed…
A woman who, meanwhile, was teaching 3rd grade…
It’s exciting to think about… We are going about our daily business, and God steps in, and mixes things up, making even more beautiful things happen.
Listen for His direction. (Sometimes He goes drastic to get our attention – you know, like with the whole 3 days of blindness for Saul). Sometimes it’s in line with what we are already doing. Sometimes it isn’t. Follow the passions He has put in your heart. Say yes when He gives you an opportunity. Show His love everywhere you go.
If we are still breathing, God can use us. Our stories aren’t finished. Thank you, Lord!
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 29:11