Kyllo crowned Minnesota state dairy princess
Recently I had the unique privilege of seeing the backstory of how God was guiding my decisions to lead me to where I am today. God’s attributes of sovereignty, goodness, and faithfulness have been especially evident in the events of my life. God says, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:17b).
This past winter I had to decide whether to go on summer teams for Bible college. It was hard, but finally I decided to go home to Byron, Minn., and work for my parents on our dairy farm. I was not entirely excited to be going home to what I knew would be an incredibly busy summer. In many ways, last winter felt like a frying pan of decisions and circumstances that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself. Part way through spring semester I was offered the opportunity to go to Germany for a year as an au pair for a family. If I accepted the opportunity, I would have to leave after Christmas of my senior year at Bible college. I hadn’t yet made a definitive decision about the au pair opportunity when, as an Olmsted County Dairy Princess (since I was home for the summer, I got to be a county dairy princess!), I went to a statewide judging event for Princess Kay of the Milky Way—the title awarded to the winner of the Minnesota Dairy Princess Program. To my surprise and delight, I was named one of the ten finalists.
With this opportunity in hand, I knew I had to say no to the au pair opportunity. In August I was so privileged to be crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way. This chain of decisions that God made led me to be here at Bible college as Princess Kay.
James wrote, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (1:17a). For me, Princess Kay is a good, good gift. Sometimes God does give you your biggest, craziest dreams! Before the final judging I talked to my mom about how my faith should be expressed in the judging process. I feared that if the judges knew my Christian faith guided my life and influenced my decisions, then I might not be chosen. My mom encouraged me to share my faith if it seemed appropriate. One of the questions I ended up being asked during the competition was, “How do you make decisions?” I had the opportunity to share that part of my process is prayer. I feel that, like Joseph and Daniel in the Old Testament, God caused me to find favor in the eyes of the judges. My God is the same God that they served!
I’m not a great decision-maker, but God is faithful to bring about His will. Sometimes He makes a decision for me because I am too weak to make it. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” I am thankful God has allowed me to see His plan for me this past year. I pray that the knowledge of His good, good gifts will continue to be transformative in my view of Him and His plans for me. As I go forward, I can know that God will be faithful and sovereign to bring about His will in my life.
Amy Kyllo [FLBC senior] is a member of Mount Sion Lutheran, Kasson, Minn.
This article first appeared in Kinship Magazine, Fall 2019 Edition.
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