There are a handful of choices that I can reflect back on and see distinct differing paths. Choosing to quit my career and stay home with my first child was one of them. Choosing to stay home after my second and write this is another. When we close one door another opens, so how do we choose?
My first truly BIG prayer was when I chose to quit my first career as a hairstylist. I remember it clearly. I was at work in my salon studio, in between clients, when I received a phone call from my daycare provider at the time. She told me that she could no longer watch my son. And that she needed to be done in 2 months time. It wasn’t working for her life balance anymore. She was friend helping us out and we knew it wouldn’t be a permanent solution. I told her, “Thank you for the notice, and we will figure it out.”
I shut my salon door, sat in my comfy processing chair, pulled out a notebook and pen, and prayed. I wrote God a letter. Telling him what was happening and asking him to send me a solution. I said, “Please send me a renter for my salon space so I can get out of my lease, or send me the right childcare provider who will keep my son safe and nurture and love him as he deserves.” Renter (quit) or Childcare (work). And I let it go. I knew that God would direct me, the solution would come. I took a breath and opened up my salon door to wait for my next client. Just a few minutes later, two of my coworkers and I started to chat in the hallway. I told them about my predicament. That I needed to find a renter to take over my lease, or childcare to watch my son. My coworker Ashley raised her had and said, “I’ll rent your room.”
I couldn’t believe it. Minutes. Matter of minutes and the solution was presented.
This was a turning point for me, I just said YES. I said yes to the clear guidance down a path I had never intended to go. I said YES to God’s answer for my prayer. I didn’t fight it. I accepted it, and went forth into the unknown.
Ashley went on to rent my room and took over my lease at the exact right time for us both. My childcare quit earlier then originally planned and Ashley got into the salon space at the right time for her schedule and finances. She purchased most of my salon furniture and it was a really easy transition out. Thats the key word, it was easy.
The hardest part for me has been saying YES to God’s solutions, guidance, and answers to my prayers. I have found that when I do say yes, everything comes so much easier. Things flow to me, problems are truly minimal, and it feels generally less stressful.
Coming into my faith has been a long journey. I have always been curious about God. When I reflect back and see all of the love that I am given, (especially when I choose to say yes to God’s love) it’s easy to feel it. I used to believe this was all bolonga. That life doesn’t work in these mysterious intricate ways. What I have found in my experiences thus far, is that our lives are a part of a much greater whole, and still radically loving to all the individuals within it. I have learned how when I say yes to God’s will, everyone around me benefits. I had a solution for lease and my co worker got the space she needed, at the right time, and fully furnished too. Win, win.
I feel like when we say YES, we create with God. And He makes win, wins for us all.
Thankfully, over the years I have witnessed many examples of these win, wins in life. Do you have one?