Its dawning on me that when I come up with scenarios for meeting my need I am reducing my options to my resources and x-ing out everything outside my strength and ability to conceive. Hence when God takes me down a different path– a humbler, undefined, unfamiliar, unanticipated, unwanted path–I become angry, disillusioned, fearful,alienated from God. Like Naman the leper who sought healing from Elijah the prophet almost missed his cure because he refused to dunk in the muddy Jordan river. God will not share the stage when the audience stands to applaud. I, therefore determine to get off the stage and, like the prepared actor, have my lines ready for when He calls me out. Being ready means honing my craft, my hobbies, my mind and heart to read the circumstances and people about me to accurately see where my particular gifts can bless others and seizing the moment for God’s glory.