Jasmine's Place Issue No. 19 - September/October 2017 - Page 67

picture I’d soon forget was even on my iPhone? No. The fact I was even able to answer that question was huge. Understanding that there are better things worth waiting for wasn’t far behind. A short time after I stood up Channing Tatum, I heard a sermon about waiting. The pastor preached Psalm 27, which ends with these words, “Wait for the Lord.” I memorized that verse. It helps me realize the One I should truly be waiting for does not need to give me His signature, for the marks He made for me are much greater than anything one could make with a black permanent marker. Since that sermon, I’ve spent less time memorizing celebrities’ schedules and more time in the Bible. I recite Psalm 27 now anytime I have the urge to turn fan girl because celebrities, exciting as they may be, are not my idols. And their ink, I discovered, dries just as quickly as the rest of ours. Cortney O’Brien is a native upstate New Yorker whose passion for writing dates back to elementary school. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Allegheny College and graduated from the National Journalism Center in the fall of 2012. She is currently the managing news editor for Townhall.com outside of Washington, D.C., where she covers local and national politics. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, playing tennis and growing in her walk with the Lord, with whom all things are possible. JASMINE'S PLACE 67 67