When I was young, I sang all the time. I sang loudly, because I thought I could sing. I was creating a joyful noise everywhere I could; in school, on the bus, in my room, in the car, in the barn, and not one single cow in that barn complained about my vocals. Not one.
Then, about fifth or sixth grade, we were going to have our annual play. I loved being in plays! It was always so exciting. Learning new songs and music, costumes and makeup, rehearsals and maybe even a few dance steps. That year, I wanted to be a little Dutch girl. The Dutch girls got to sing and dance and all my friends were Dutch girls. But I was told I couldn’t be a Dutch girl because I was too fat, and because I couldn’t sing. Wow. To put it mildly, that was quite a shattering blow to this tender soul.
That marked the end of my singing and dancing. I never took part in another play, I stopped singing, and even stopped playing trumpet. I felt worthless. I thought I had talent, a gift, but I was wrong.
But sometimes I wonder what would have happened if I’d never stopped singing. I might not sing like Adele, but maybe I would lift my voice to the Lord in song without feeling less than. Maybe there would have still been songs in my heart that needed sung off tune. Maybe God would have been happy that I tried.
We all have gifts and talents that God placed inside us to be shared with the world. When I no longer sang, I wrote, and I discovered a new voice within me. Poetry became a passion and stories found a place on paper. Books became even better friends than they were before, and in my mind, I could be a little Dutch girl and dance all day. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.
Have you discovered your gifts and talents? What brings you joy and makes your heart sing? What door has opened for you because another closed?
Please feel free to share.