… up or down…. left or right….
On December 7th ( A day that will live in infamy for many reasons- next year I am skipping that day) I was told my Bernina Set In would be closing in April. Not because my store did not do well – it was a top performer , but because many were not doing well. I took a deep breath – as one must do when the rug has been pulled out from under you and wondered what the heck am I going to do now???? Believe me it is more scary when you are on your own and all you have to depend on is yourself So here I stood once again in the crossroads. You must know something about me- I HATE change – never did- never will. I like things to stay the same as always. When I make a commitment to someone or something it is FOREVER. I have been forced to make changes in my life and in the end God always shows me it was for my good- such a hard lesson for me to learn.
The months of December and January were spent in prayer, worries, thinking of my wonderful customers, and creative thinking. I had a note pad on my night stand and I would wake up in the night and write another idea God gave me to start a business or a job I might like. I wrote a lot during those nights. Every morning I would start my day with my “Jesus Calls” devotional. I do think God writes those words to me every night as I sleep. The words are always just the right ones I need on that day. On December 9&10th He gave me this-
Be willing to go out on a limb with Me. If that is where I am leading you,it is the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk- free life is a form of unbelief. You are approaching a crossroads in your journey. In order to follow me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe. Let me lead you step by step through this journey.
Instead of yearning for a problem- free life, rejoice that trouble can highlight your awareness of My Presence. In the darkness of adversity, you are able to see more clearly the radiance of My Face. Accept the value of problems in this life, considering them pure joy. Remember that you have a eternity of trouble – free living awaiting you in heaven.
I realized I have played it safe my whole life. Trying to always do the right thing,over think everything,control the situation – play it safe. I was reminded that the only safe place is Heaven – that is when we are safe-trouble free. Thank you Lord for those words.
So with much prayer and guidance I am not playing it safe this time. I have decided to become a Bernina Sewing Machine dealer once again. I will own my little kiosk in the middle of Hancock Fabrics and go forward being my own boss again. Bernina has made this girls dream become a reality and have just been wonderful to me .The first of April it becomes mine – WOO HOO!
So my friends I find myself right back where I started from – owning my own store like before. Funny thing about life – the road God leads us down is always better than we can ever imagine.
The crossroads of life are not easy – but taking the journey sometimes leads us right where we should be. I am constantly reminded to never let go of the Hand of God as we walk through our journey of life.
May all your bobbins be full on our journey!