American Idol: A Dose of reality
All of America is a-buzz with excitement over the final result show to be broadcast this evening: Who will be the next American Idol?
While I am not a REALITY TV show enthusiast; I am curious about the results myself! What an opportunity! What an adventure! What an emotional rollercoaster they must be on! How their lives must be changed; where will their future take them?
These are the same questions we all ask when we are parents. The parent of a prodigal does more than ocassionally wonder--we urgently pray! My own son is on quite an adventure--not one that is broadcast throughout TV land, but an adventure nonetheless. His opportunity with Disney has fallen through; he was unable to do the heavy lifting required of the job due to a previous back injury. He tried--oh, he tried but ended up in bed with painful back spasms. Disney is no more.
The emotional rollercoaster that he has been on while looking for employment in Orlando has been a difficult one. The dips and turns of hopeful opportunities simply wind him back to the same place: unemployed. Maybe this dose of reality is why I don't watch Reality TV!~ The only energy I have is reserved for holding my son up throughout his adventure.
Dashed dreams, deflated hopes: where will his future take him? This is not hopelessness speaking, this is just his life. Where others find fame and fortune, he finds struggle and loss. Please do not think I am feeling sorry for myself or for him. I am simply making the observation. As is the case for so many, he has always had to fight harder than others to find average, he has always had to cope with more speed bumps to find his destination.
However, as is the case with God, he has shown up in the speed bumps! My son is tired of days off and relaxing afternoons in the sun. He wants to work. His determination, while wavering, has not failed. He needs to work. He has discovered with this experience that he not only needs a job for a paycheck--he wants to work. Is it possible that in this wait--God is faithfully restoring his heart?
So while I join the millions who will be watching American Idol tonight--I will be praying for our prodigals; those children whose life is less entertaining, less of a cash-cow, but as valuable as any other life. While their reality differs from Reality TV, it remains an adventure of opportunities filled with hopes and dreams, not for fame and fortune, but for the ordinary successes many take for granted. And who will I vote for? Who will win? Dare I say: my vote is for God! May He continue to work in my son's life (in all of our prodigal's life) as they learn to walk with Him throughout their own reality. He is the Creator of their life, their hearts, and their souls; may His Light shine so brightly they will see, only, the path He has chosen for them. May our prodigals win, for His glory....AMEN!