Oprah, Disappointment and the Next Best Thing! Part 2
Oprah’s story continues:
In last week’s post, (CLICK HERE to read Part 1 if you missed it) Oprah was in the middle of a fat farm, thinking her weight was the reason that she hadn’t gotten the part for The Color Purple. Being in The Color Purple was something that she was obsessed with and wanted more than anything else in the world.
And so on that cold and rainy Wisconsin day and at her wits end, she finds herself praying, crying and trying to make some sense of going to the audition and reading for part of Sofia! Her conversation went like this. “I don’t get it God, but I know You do. I don’t know if this is some kind of joke or what you are doing with me. I thought you wanted me to have this part. I want to be able to thank you for the opportunity but I can’t right now. It’s…too…hard!”
I believe that God wants us to be honest with Him. Tell Him how we feel and ask for help when “it’s too hard”. That’s when the song “I Surrender All” came to her mind and she started singing:
“I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee my Blessed Savior, I surrender all.”
She goes on to explain that at first you can’t surrender. And she also admitted that she couldn’t see the movie. But then she prayed; “I want to be able to go see the movie and be happy for the actress who got the part.”
And as soon as those words came out of her mouth someone comes running out to the track and says “You’ve got a phone call.” She did indeed have a phone call. It was Steven Speilberg saying, “Heard you’re at a fat farm. Don’t lose one pound or you may not get this part!”
The next day, she found herself in Steven Speilberg’s office…she had the part!
My Story continues:
I really don’t have any history of where I was not taken care of, but I continue to doubt at times. I mean seriously, we’ve had so many times when God has come through for us and sometimes right at the last minute.
A wonderful god-fearing man and pastor I once knew said, “God may not always be ‘on time’, but He’s never late!” I have really found that to be true! And here my husband and I are at another crossroads. We don’t always see where God is leading us. But it always seems to work out and we are safe.
Oprah’s Wisdom for all of us:
“God can dream a bigger dream for me, for you,
than you could ever dream for yourself.”
She goes on to say, “When you’ve worked as hard and done as much and strived and tried and given and pled and bargained and hoped…Surrender. When you have done all that you can do and there is nothing left for you to do…give it up. Give it up to that Something that is greater than yourself. And let it then become a part of the flow. And I have never wanted anything as badly, as hard, as much…as The Color Purple. And the wanting of it and then the surrendering of it is what taught me how to live in the space of letting go.”
“You can dream this much…but God has a bigger dream.”
You see, she goes on to say…”The Color Purple was setting me up for the national Oprah Winfrey show. I didn’t know that at the time. So, when you ask, should I do this, or do this, what you should be asking is, What would you God, the Universe, have me do?”
And so…I have never wanted anything as badly, as hard, as much as creating a home-based business that would give me the opportunity to be at home for my family, make a difference in the lives of others while providing support for us financially.
The wanting of it and the surrendering of it – to taking it to the next level – will teach me how to live in the space of letting go. My dream is this much…but God’s dream is bigger. All of this is setting me up for something bigger. We don’t quite know what that is yet. But when we start to ask, “Should we do this? Or this?”, instead we will say, “What would You, God of the Universe have us do?”
For those who would like to watch this inspiring video, here is the link or you can watch it below.
Many thanks to Oprah Winfrey for being willing to open up about something that was so personal to her life. She is such an inspiration! www.oprah.com
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