I know I am not alone when I say that just before all of this happened, we was at the tip of the iceberg of something great!? For those of you who haven’t been following me for a long time-I am a Fashion Designer for children. My brand-The Spicy Collection was truly on the verge of something amazing!
My brother (who is my co-designer/business partner) was working with me tirelessly to sketch drawings for the new collection-attending business meetings with our manager-brainstorming ideas for the Fashion Show etc. You name it…we was doing it as it pertains to the preparation for the show. Our date and venue was picked out….I was just connected to some amazing people who would bring our visions to life.
Talks about a virus started to spread–I am a thorough reader and I LOVE keeping up with the news…so I was in tune to every detail about this virus called COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) since day one. Before you know it-the U.S. became the next target for it as people started traveling from different countries bringing it back to their families/homes. One thing led to another and here we are-laid off from work for one reason or another.
I have to be honest and say that I became a little frustrated! So many plans for my brand-so many changes etc. It was finally happening the way we visioned from the start. But in the midst of my anger the Lord reminded me that NOTHING is a coincidence, NOTHING happens by chance. Everything is orchestrated by HIS PLANS..NOT OURS! In bible it says…..
Proverbs 16:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)
A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life],
But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.
This verse stuck out to me in the midst of my frustration because I most definitely needed a quick reality check to reel me back in to understand that I am not in control. HE IS!
Once I gathered myself I realized that although we are all home for this unforeseen virus…although it was unfair that hundreds of thousands of people are dying…although businesses are closed…although plans are cancelled…although the future seems uncertain…THE LORD HAS PREPARED US FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS THROUGH HIS WORD!
The scripture above tells us that we can plan all we want but HE is the one who directs our path and orders our steps. No matter how all of this started, or when it will actually end—HE IS STILL IN CONTROL! We must trust in the Lord now more than ever.
In that moment of realization, it no longer mattered that I would have to go back to the drawing board to restructure everything for my Fashion Show and new collection. It no longer mattered what I was feeling-I had to stop and Thank the Lord for all that he is doing in my life that I can’t see. I thanked him for the health of my family and I. I thanked him for being a provider and making sure that I want for nothing. I thanked him for being my sole provider, and that no matter if my job closed down or not—I would be ok!
The moral of the story is-yes it’s great to plan our lives out and have a clear direction of where we want to be and strive towards that. All of that is great. However, tragedy will strike-things will happen-plans will fail…BUT THE LORD WILL NEVER FAIL US NOR ABANDON US. We must STILL rejoice in the midst of it all. The Lord even showed me some stuff that I needed more time to prepare for –and all of this actually give me more time to put some other things in place that I would have had to otherwise RUSH to do before all of this happened. I could go on and on, but needless to say that the scripture says..
Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER…NOT SOME-THINGS…NOT SOME-TIMES…BUT HE PROMISED THAT ALL THINGS WILL WORK TOGETHER!!!!
FATHER GOD I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR OUR HEALTH AND STRENGTH IN THESE TOUGH TIMES! THANK YOU LORD FOR KEEPING A HEDGE OF PROTECTION OVER MY FAMILY AND I! THANK YOU FOR BEING A PROMISE KEEPER-EVEN IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC THAT HAVE CLAIMED MORE LIVES THAN SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST TRAGIC EVENTS IN HISTORY! FATHER GOD IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL-YOU ARE STILL ABLE-STILL A MIRACLE WORKER-STILL IN CONTROL THROUGH IT ALL! I DOES NOT MATTER WHAT PLANS WE THINK HAVE FAILED-WHAT DEALS WE FEEL WE MAY HAVE MISSED OUT ON-IT DOES NOT MATTER!!! YOU ARE ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT IN THESE MOMENTS-YOUR WORD IS EVERLASTING AND NEVER FAILS. SO NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL LOOK TO THE HILLS FROM WHICH COMETH OUR HEALTH! WE SHALL SAY THANK YOU NO MATTER HOW WE FEEL BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTHY OF ALL OF OUR PRAISE. WHAT YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR US DOES NOT COME CLOSE TO COMPARING TO WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED FOR OURSELVES. SO LORD GIVE US STRENGTH TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY-ANOTHER SECOND-ANOTHER HOUR! GIVE US PEACE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS–GIVE US HOPE IN THE MIDST OF HOPELESSNESS!!
IN JESUS NAME, AMEN!