Sierra sat next to her mom on the dock thinking about what she was going to do. She had to decide if she wanted to be in a horse competition or work at summer camp.
Sierra loved horses and was preparing to be in a horse competition. The horse for the competition was a special horse, one of the best horses in the world! But the problem was it wasn’t her horse. Someone was going to let her use the horse for the competition. If she didn’t use the horse now, would she ever get to do something like this again?
Even though Sierra wanted to do the competition, she felt God telling her to do something else — work at camp in the horse barn. Sierra liked working in the horse barn, but she really wanted to be in the competition. She’d prayed about her decision and she felt like God wanted her to work at camp.
Sierra began crying and her mom hugged her. In that moment, Sierra knew what she needed to do, she needed to work at camp.
“Mom,” she said. “I want to work at camp.”
Sierra was sad that she missed her horse competition, but she found joy in working at camp. She was able to teach other people about horses and about Jesus. She got to be with other Christians her age and worship God with them. Sierra loved working at camp so much, that she even wants to work at camp again next year.
How many of you feel like Sierra? Do you ever feel like you could do something really cool but you don’t feel like it is what God wants you to do? Next time you face a hard decision like Sierra remember Jeremiah 29:11. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’” says the Lord. “‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”