Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
– Proverbs 13:12
This past weekend, Jonathon conducted his first concert for Anna’s Bay Chorale. It was marvelous.
Jonathon’s parents came out, originally as a surprise, in order to support him and see Dr. J. in action. I’m afraid I couldn’t keep this secret!
What you may not know is Jonathon gave up teaching choir more than 10 years ago. After a particularly bad experience with administration at a middle school, he quit and pursued other interests. He spent time questioning whether he ever wanted to teach again. Kicked around ideas like architecture and law as second careers. He rediscovered his love of teaching, only not kids. Got into teaching software to adults, which led us up to Shelton.
But God – aka Jehovah Sneaky – had other plans. The image of God, the innate qualities and giftings in Jonathon from birth, resurfaced. Fast forward to 2015. Jonathon got offered the artistic directorship of Anna’s Bay back in June. He took it, and 6 months plus many rehearsals later, here we sat. I found myself tearing up as Jonathon conducted the talented, volunteer choir in their challenging music. Joy radiated from him in palpable waves.
Some things you’re just born to do.
L to R: My brother, Mom (also in the choir, and a soloist!), me and Jonathon