What did you want to be when you grew up?
by Amy C. Blake
Um…no clue. That’s how I would’ve answered the question as a kid. In fact, I didn’t declare a major in college until I finished up all the core classes they’d let me take. However, the main character in my Christian suspense novel, Whitewashed, is altogether different.
Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough knew from age six exactly what she’d become and why.
She knew without a doubt she’d be a doctor like her grandpa McDonough, one who treated the whole person, not just his or her symptoms. She also knew she’d attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and she didn’t back down from her goals one inch, no matter how much her parents objected.
As you can imagine, part of what Patience learns in Whitewashed is that her plans for herself don’t always match up with God’s plans for her. And guess whose plans have to give when our plans don’t match up with God’s? You got it. Ours.
What about you? Did you have big plans for the future when you were a child? Did you know just what you wanted to be when you grew up? Or were you more like me, clueless?
The amazing thing for both types–the certain and the clueless–is God has it all figured out regardless. Remember Jeremiah 29:11? “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”
God has His children (and all our dreams) in the palm of His hand. He knows His plans for us, and we can be content in the knowledge that His plans are best.
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Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Mississippi College. She contributed to Barbour’s Heavenly XOXO’s for Women, Book Lover’s Devotional, and Every Good and Perfect Gift. Amy wrote short stories and articles for Focus on the Family,Mature Years, Significant Living, Vista, Encounter, and other publications. She won awards at St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and West Branch Christian Writers Conference. The Trojan Horse Traitor quarterfinaled in the 2011 ABNA contest. Her juvenile fantasy novel The Trojan Horse Traitor, releases in November, 2015, and her new adult suspense novel, Whitewashed, released February 15th.
Eighteen-year-old Patience McDonough has a plan. Despite her parents’ objections, she will attend Verity College in Hades, Mississippi, and live with her grandparents. She’ll complete her degree in record time and go on to become a doctor. But things at the college are strangely neglected, her class work is unexpectedly hard, Grand gets called out-of-town, and Poppa starts acting weird—so weird she suspects he has Alzheimer’s. On top of that, she has to work extra hours at her student job inputting financial data for the college—boring! But soon her job gets more interesting than she’d like: she finds that millions of dollars are unaccounted for and that something creepy is going on in the Big House basement. She discovers secrets tying her family into the dark beginnings of Verity, founded on a slave plantation, and she is forced to question the characters of people she has always trusted. Finally, confronted with a psychotic killer, Patience has to face facts—her plans are not necessarily God’s plans. Will the truth set her free?