By Mychal Henk
The Lord’s timing is a funny thing isn’t it? We are told, “He will open the door in His perfect timing,” and, “Wait on the Lord.” This one produces an eye roll from me: “Patience is a virtue”. Easier said than done, right? Unfortunately, this is a moment in time we often find ourselves in. Personally, this is a moment I’m in. It’s hard, it’s not fun, but I do feel like it’s a time the Lord does some big work in us.
I have always loved singing and music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I took guitar lessons and piano lessons but they didn’t last long…REGRETS! I also took singing lessons, participated in choirs, etc. However, I have always had horrible stage fright and fear of what others think. Singing can be an extremely vulnerable thing, much like speaking in front of people. I pushed this “gift” away for so long for several fear-based reasons. However, the Lord has continued to bring the desire to sing back into my heart. The desire to be a worship leader was birthed in my heart after I re-dedicated my life to Christ in 2009.
The Lord calls us to use our gifts. “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29. He’s placed a gift on each of our lives, and finding and using them is obedience to Him. “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” Romans 12:6-8. The Lord loves to “woo” us, doesn’t he? Calling us back to Him when we’ve strayed, like the shepherd going after the one lost sheep. He loves us so incredibly much. In my life I’ve felt His “wooing” in many ways but a call to worship has been the loudest and longest. The Lord has been so good in giving me two specific prophetic words over the past year that were almost word for word the same from two separate people regarding worship. He knows what your heart needs, and He is the great encourager. In times of waiting, encouragement keeps us going.
Let me tell you, I’m still waiting. Waiting for the opportunity to share my gift, waiting for Him to open the door. In the past, I have hid my desire from Him, cared too much what others thought to even bring up this “secret” desire, and I believe these reasons hold us back from truly sharing the gift the Lord has provided us. This time feels different. I know the Lord is with me, I know that if I go with His leading and am obedient in the waiting He will honor that. I know by preparing my voice in voice lessons, preparing my heart in prayer and personal worship, and waiting and praying for opportunities to sing, He will be faithful to bring it to pass. He is always faithful. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23.
If the Lord has placed a desire on your heart and you are diligently praying it will come to pass, it will, or He will guide you elsewhere. Lean on Him and His word, because He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8. I don’t know what you feel your gifting is. It is most likely more than one thing, but I hope that you seek the Lord to find what He has gifted you with and use it to His glory. You may have to wait and spend some time searching for courage to pursue your calling, but do it because it is so worth it. So, I will continue to wait, wait on Him, wait for His timing, and know that He is always good.
Meet Mychal Henk
I am excited to introduce you to Mychal Henk. Mychal and her husband, Desi, live West of Dallas with their two daughters. She is the mother of two precious girls and spends her days serving and loving her family. She and Desi just welcomed their second little one into this world and are thriving with coffee and Jesus. I met Mychal through Refresh and she has an open heart for the Lord and for people. She is a natural encourager and can make anyone feel welcome and comfortable. Mychal is not only a beauty on the outside but her heart radiates even brighter. You will read in her post about her heart for worship and it has been inspiring to see this dream resurrect in her heart. Thank you Mychal for sharing this dream with us and sacrificing a nap to write this out for us. I am inspired to read about others in the season of waiting. - Jamie