Brendon Small of the cartoon series “Home Movies”
16 years old…like Brendon Small of the cartoon “Home Movies” we both had something in common. We were kids who were passionate about doing what we loved. We were young and we had a dream. We were young and desired the challenge of planning our course, our future and our goals.
Just like I turned my Mom and Dad’s home office into a homemade weather center, Brendon Small turned his parent’s basement into a homemade movie studio, “Small Studios!”
But, if you were to tell me at age 16 that by the time I was 27 I would be in preaching and teaching the Gospel while writing and drawing cartoons I would’ve said “seriously, no way!? Not because its a bad thing…it really is awesome to be doing it…but, I was always proclaiming that when I was older and done with school “I would be a Meteorologist.”
It was my thought…my idea…until God took my very notions and ideas and made it something very different but exciting!
In fact, I almost got kicked out of Oklahoma Christian University after my freshman year because I couldn’t afford the school at the time. At the same time, I was seriously considering going to the University of Oklahoma to finally pursue Meteorology, but, my math was weak and it would’ve cost more to go to OU! My dream to study Meteorology was dimming.
I sat in my dorm room, praying, asking God what exactly I should do next. Stay at Oklahoma Christian and continue to pursue the Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism or run the risk at the University of Oklahoma!?
God hit me with this:
Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)….A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Man account for, consider, devise and think through many scenarios and possibilities. However, we could do it several ways but at the end of the day the Lord determines, aims, firms out and appoints our place. Not only does the Lord determine our stepping place but also our stepping pace. He sets the pace and speed as to how quickly we get to a specific place in life.
I would address patience here, but, we could talk all day about that!
The next day I went to Chapel, our Dean of Students got up to speak and he quoted the very same text I read the night before…Proverbs 16:9.
One day when I was teaching our youth, I drew a chart that separated “My Plans” and “God’s Plans.” It hit me like a ton of bricks as I started writing into the chart what I thought I would do and what God was planning with me. It was so cool to see how God used and is still using my background in broadcasting with ministry, my passion for cartoons to share Christ and ability to speak to talk to others and share the Word. In fact, the chart that showed God’s plan made more sense then my side of the chart.
I can NOT take credit for the way things worked out in my life. The plans that God had and has are so much better than what I would’ve ever thought.
Kendall Lyons, Teen Years spent in Weather Center at Home (c) Cartoon Daily News, 2012