Two years ago, after my faith renewal, I received a word of knowledge from God. At the time, I don’t think I realized what it was. I just knew that God was calling me to a higher purpose and that I had finally found hope. In my heart I heard him say that I would finally find reliable friends and start my own business.
Prior to that, I had been talking about going into business for myself as the owner/ operator of a food truck. I had amassed a Pinterest page full of food truck recipes. I had a theme in mind. I had even researched the licensing and costs of running this kind of business. After much research and planning and hoping and dreaming, I felt ready-ish. Then my life fell apart and the dreams of small business ownership were pushed aside.
After my radical encounter with Christ on that dismal day at Wal-Mart, the dream was rekindled. I heard God speaking into my heart that I would go into business for myself, I would become successful, and I would find a new friend to join me in this journey. Of course, He was right, but my analysis of His prophetic word was a little off.
I looked at what God was telling me through the lenses of my own interpretation. God said business, I saw a food truck. God said successful, I saw dollar signs. God said new friends, I saw someone strong enough to listen to my whiney B.S. What He gave me differed greatly from my vision, but it was so much better.
In June, I began a new business venture with a friend. We buy, restore, and resell old furniture. There is something wonderfully fulfilling turning an old, discarded item into something desirable. It reminds me of the change in my own life when I finally turned everything over to God. I had a lot of rough edges that needed to be sanded down. I was unsteady, abrasive, and worn out. He took me from a lonely, lowly place and washed and renewed my spirit.
The success from the business monetarily has been a little off-putting to this point. I don’t think we will be opening an elite showroom in the metro area any time soon. Honestly, that’s okay, the whole venture has been somewhat therapeutic. We have built relationships with people that we never would met otherwise. Finding just the right item for just the right person at the right price is exciting. The young couple who couldn’t afford a table lit up when we were able to find a nice one within their budget. We are able to bless others with our labor of love, that’s a much more accurate measure of success than money.
I was three and half months into the business before it dawned on me that I was living out the future God had spoken into my heart two years earlier. He gave me a word of knowledge, it was coming to fruition, but I had a different idea as to how it was to be fulfilled so I failed to see the Hand of God as it moved in my life. His plans were bigger than my dreams, I just had to open myself up to see them.
Through all of this change and growth, the friendships that I have developed stand out the most. I had to develop into the friend I wanted to gain the friends I needed. Living in the love of the Holy Spirit changed me into a person that people actually wanted to be around, and surrounding myself with people who love the Lord made a huge difference in the quality of people who came into my life. I have been blessed with friends (plural) who love God.
God’s promises came true long before I realized they had. My recognition of the events wasn’t necessary or required to make them miraculous. I was so focused on what I thought I had heard that I almost missed what was right in front of me. How many times has that happened? I fixate on what I think I need and miss the blessing right before me. He gives in a far more than I could ever imagine, I just need to trust his provision.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.