As Miss Kansas week approaches and the last minute prep sessions are underway, I often think about the fact that one woman is going to become Miss Kansas in just three weeks. One woman will embark on the journey of a lifetime and have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America. Not many get this opportunity. Not many get to wear the Miss Kansas crown, this is a big deal.
While this can be an overwhelming and exciting thing to think about, I am also reminded about a truth I know in my heart. Miss Kansas 2016 has already been chosen. No, I am not saying the judges have already chosen a winner, there are no politics that automatically pick the girl before we arrive...but the winner has already been chosen. A winner was chosen when she was being knit together in her mother's womb. She was chosen before she was ever a thought on this earth, before her parents were born. I believe in a God who knows all things and lives outside of our definition of time. I believe in a God who has already chosen Miss Kansas 2016 and has big plans for her lives. I also believe that same God has chosen plans for every other contestant's lives. Not all of us can walk away with a crown, yet that says nothing about who we are as women. We will simply keep walking, because our paths do not stop in Pratt, KS.
This is not something I have thought of completely on my own, I will not take credit. Miss Kansas 1996 and Miss America 1997, Tara Dawn Holland, told the contestants this during our first spring workshop this year. She said that knowing that God had already chosen the winner, helped her have peace in her heart and simply have a good time. Her poise and peace is admirable and in the end, was the reason she won both crowns. It is funny to see that the same peace God gave Tara about competing, was the exact skill that most likely helped her win. Our God is a powerful God, one that always equips us with the tools needed to carry out His work.
While I continue to strive for excellence and am doing all I can to be ready for Miss Kansas week, it is comforting to know that God has chosen Miss Kansas, he has chosen Miss America, and I still have a purpose and plan in this world regardless if I am wearing a crown or not. It is done.