“So what do we do now?”
What was supposed to be a 10th wedding anniversary celebration, had become a disaster.
Earlier this year, as Cliff and I received an avalanche of relationship-related questions, we decided to invest in a short video series answering them.
We did our research, hired a vendor, filmed, only to realize… the product was not what we envisioned.
I felt God ask, “Are you willing to start on a blank canvas?”
“Yes God, we are willing.”
The next day, I was due to meet an Instagram follower. Having received encouragement from her over the months, I’d reached out to say hello.
What happened next blew my mind.
When she heard what had happened, she said, “My husband and I are professional film producers. I used to work in Hollywood. We film for Francis and Lisa Chan. If you and Cliff can fly to San Fran, we’d love to sponsor and produce this relationship video series for you.
Actually, when you moved to Baltimore, I had the urge to visit you but God told me then not to reach out to you until you reached out to me.”
I am learning, that the meandering, bewildering detours of our lives do not mean God is confused. It does not mean He needs our reminders to move things along. He is always working, always moving on our behalf, even when we don’t see nor feel it.
What I thought was a waste of $1500 on a truncated video project, turned into a $70K production fully sponsored by stranger-turned-friends out of nowhere.
Many times, we doubt if we heard God right when things don’t go according to plan. But I’m learning, that our detours are not mistakes. They are often more intentional than we ever imagined.
When we arrived to a breathtaking coastline and crashing waves, we were told, “God told us to gift this as a retreat to you.”
As I look back on our journey, I marvel at God’s ways- His lavish generosity, His breathtaking surprises, and His loving pursuit of us.
If you’re struggling to experience Him, would you ask Him to show you? He is working, always.
*Watch out for the docuseries at https://www.eightparables.com/twocents