Last year during some devastating things that happened in my life, God gave me one of the forgotten desires of my heart out of nowhere, seemingly.
It started with my picking up a copy of a book I had for quite a while, but never read: The Prayer of Jabez for Women. I had read the original Prayer of Jabez a few years ago, prayed it daily for quite awhile, then for some reason had quit praying it. So on a Monday in March I read the one for women and prayed the prayer again. On the Thursday the same week, I had a business luncheon for CareNet to attend and did so. There was a beautiful tall, slim woman who sat facing me a couple of booths away and stared at me repeatedly during the luncheon. I couldn’t imagine why. Weird??? I thought so. When it was over, I started to leave and she stopped me. She introduced herself and then I knew who she was, but in name only. I had never met her before. She asked me to do her a favor and I asked what?
She asked me to go to Seattle on the Saturday (same week) and audition for the 10th Annual World Championships for the Performing Arts held each year in Hollywood. I laughed at her and said “no way.” She said “please,” and I told her my dream of wanting to perform in Hollywood was over a long time ago, as I was then seventy-one. She said no it wasn’t. God told her to ask me. So, I said I would pray about it and call her by Friday night.
I asked God if He really wanted me to do this and He said “yes” and this is what I want you to perform. The opening pages of my book, which is not quite complete at this time. I said, “God, you know I don’t want to even think about that time, it’s why the book isn’t done.” But He persisted so I said ok, called her to tell her I would do it.
So, on Saturday. I drove to Seattle to audition. When I got there, both talent scouts were Christians, one from Texas and one from California. She asked me if I had always wanted to act and I said yes. That I really wanted to play with Jessica Lansbury in Murder She Wrote, and she told me that maybe you’ll be the next Jessica Lansbury with your own murder show. Wow!
They told all of us if we weren’t called by midnight that night, we didn’t make it, so I thought “Oh well, that’s that.” I left and before I got back to Olympia, she had called and told me I was going to Hollywood. I could hardly believe it.
To make a long story a little shorter, I came home with a Gold Medal for my one performance of one of my best friend’s death. I framed it with a tribute to her, Edith Penick.
I still don’t know what God has planned for me in that field, but two of the agents/managers were interested in working with me further.
I hope this will help someone who also has a dream that has yet to be filled to keep standing. God knows the desires of our heart and the plans He has for us.