I just love this time of the year! I was so excited that my tree was up before Thanksgiving! Ha! I enjoy seeing the decorated lawns, the Christmas trees and lights everywhere, watching tons of Christmas moves, but most importantly reflecting on the gift of Jesus.
Recently I had an art show. In the weeks after the show, I learned some valuable lessons!! Won't He do it?! I sold two pieces!! WOOT WOOT! For a brief moment however, God had to show me my unthankfulness! I was so focused on selling that I forgot to rejoice for the small accomplishments. How often do we become so focused on the big bucks that we forget to rejoice in the now! I also had to check myself! The purpose of my art is purpose! There is a message with my art, however I briefly got caught up so much so that I let it be about me. And it ain't about me boo! (yes I put ain't). God gives us gifts, but not for the purpose of letting those gifts validate us and thus add or take away value based upon money. See, I was briefly focused on my "loss," being that more money was put into the show than that I made back. Yet, God had to show me that there was no real loss when it came to His kingdom purpose. I had to be reminded that maybe there was someone there who read my words who needed them at that specific time (and just maybe this lesson was for me to as we will see). Who knows His reason because His thoughts are not our thoughts! So I had to remember to be thankful at all times.
God is an awesome God! If you think that is how that story ended, then think again! Let me tell you about God! So fast forward a couple of weeks. I had moved on from that learning moment and was thankful for all God had done. So it was time for me to apply to the next show as the deadline was quickly approaching. I unfortunately procrastinated and waited a couple of days before the deadline to begin the application (hey I'm trying to do better with my life *insert a smile*). This was not the best decision in my case because I was overwhelmed with a new job (story coming soon) in addition to not having all the requirements to apply to the next show! Can you say AHHHHHHHHH?! Yes, that was me! But only for a brief moment as I am learning to keep my cool and remain grounded in Him. So check this out, I applied to the show although I did not meet one of the requirements. A day later, I received an email from a staff member from the next show I applied to. She was giving me an opportunity to resubmit the shot I was missing of my work, (a booth shot), because I would receive deductions for not having the shot. So I'm thinking, I don't have that and shoot I don't really have the time to come up with one with all the work I had in front of me from my jobs. But GOD! Ha! So then, this voice within me quietly whispers about the previous show I was in (thank you Holy Spirit)! So I go to my pictures and BAM! There is my booth shot! It was not the best shot as it was taken on a phone with me in it, but it was a booth shot! See, "ALL THINGS WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORD." (ROMANS 8:28). If it wouldn't have been for my previous show, then I would not have met one of the requirements for the next show I was applying to! It was here that God showed me that if you do something with good intentions, know that He will use everything for good even when you feel it was a failure or loss. God uses everything to work for good! So are things really losses and failures (marinate on that)! This scripture has helped me so much on my journey of life! In my darkest moments, God always gave me a reminder with this scripture that "everything is gonna be alright!" Aye! What you know about that Al Green "Everything's Gonna Be Alright?!" So don't fret, when hardship or 'loss' comes, God is God and everything will work for your good! "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discourages, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you." (1 Chronicles 28:30).
When I look back at what I thought was a setback,
I am reminded that it's a comeback as they say.
For God knows the way.
Therefore remain grounded in Him each day
For He prepares the way.
For all things work for my good,
even the decisions I once thought were not so good.
For there is no losing when it is Him daily who I am choosing.