I used to think that I could fix every problem, but then I realized that some problems don't need my fixing. Some problems just need my patience.
A few months after I officially launched my menswear company in 2013, I was given the opportunity to show a collection during New York Fashion Week. Although it was more of an "Off-Broadway" type of fashion show, it was a big deal for me.
Two days before the show, my patternmaker went AWOL—he didn't answer any of my calls or texts. And there was no way I could finish my collection in time without him.
I needed my patternmaker and he was nowhere to be found. I was stressed out, to say the least. STRESSED OUT!
So I tried to think of what I could do to fix the situation. Oh yeah! I know another patternmaker who told me he would come if I needed anything.
When I called the other patternmaker, he came immediately to my rescue. He told me that he could get the job done within 24hrs. Yes! Wait, something doesn't feel right.
I should've been relieved when he told me that he could do the job, but I wasn't. Instead, I had an uneasy feeling about him that overwhelmed me.
I've had that feeling about him in the past, but I've ignored it. That time, though, I couldn't ignore it—my dream was on the line. So, I thanked him for his time and let him go.
When he left, I thought about how my patternmaker always came through for me in the past. I was frustrated and angry, but I decided to just leave the situation in God's hands and be at peace.
I prayed and asked God for help and then I let it go. It wasn't easy—my dream was on the line—but I did.
The very next morning, my patternmaker called me and told me he was recovering from the flu. He apologized for not answering my calls and texts and explained that he was too weak to even move.
"Even though I'm still recovering, I'm going to come in and finish your work because I know how much this means to you," he said.
And he did come in and finish the job.
It turns out that I didn't need to "fix" the situation after all. All I needed to do was say something to God and wait on Him for direction.
"If you see something, say something" has become an unofficial mantra in America after 9/11. A few days ago, a friend of mine used that slogan to explain how our relationship should be with God.
If you see suspicious activity taking place in your life, say something to God.
If you see that you're confused or unclear about something, say something to God.
If you see things happening out of your control, say something to God. And you know what? He will respond.
Too often, when things happen out of our control, our natural response is to try to fix everything on our own—like what I tried to do when I called another patternmaker. But our first response should always be to turn to God for direction.
If God allowed something to happen, He surely has a plan to work it out for the good.
"Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.'" Matthew 11:28-30
Matthew 11:28 happens to be one of my favorite scriptures because it's very practical. Jesus is simply giving us an invitation to come to him with our problems.
I affirm that scripture in prayer every single time I'm stressed out or feel burdened with something. And every time I release my worries to God, in exchange, He gives me His peace.
There's no situation too great for God to handle.
"Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall." - Psalm 55:22
You're not alone, my friend. If you see something that you need clarification on, say something to our heavenly Father. He's the best listener and always has the answer you need.
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