Perfect Timing, to Say the Least

5:11 PM

Deuteronomy 31:6 says
"Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

So It's Been a Year . . . My Bad! A lot has happened. Long story short: My coffee shop sold, the business is continuing under a new name, and I am back at my old graphic design day job.

Do I miss being a business owner? The short answer is, no. I don't miss all the behind the scenes "office work" that literally had me pulling my hair out. Nor do I miss the taxes. Oh the taxes! Thank you big government for constantly reminding me that I owe you money. (Like anyone can forget...)

However, while I don't miss all the "financial nonsense" of running a business, I DO miss the people. My customers were the BEST! I loved watching the sun rise in the early morning. Smelling the freshly ground coffee brewing away. Then having good ole Mr. Farmer's cup of coffee ready and waiting for him—because I could see him walking across the parking lot through the big bay window. Ahh the memories.

I don't get sad about it, to be honest. I thought I would, but I don't. It was a dream I wanted to fulfill, and I did. Did things turn out the way I imagined? Nope. BUT, I never thought it would happen at all, let alone happen for TWO YEARS. I always imagined "opening a Christian coffee shop" would be one of those 'Bucket List' dreams. You know the kind. The one you talk about with your buddy for years, but never get the guts to jump out on a limb and make happen. Well it happened, and now its over be blunt.

IF, and that's a HUGE "IF",  I ever go crazy—again—and decide to open another food service business, I now know the 1,000 things NOT to do. Ha! It's true, the thing about having to be crazy to open a business. Normal people can't do it. They think too much. Rationalize too much. I used to be that person... normal, but deep down I always wanted to be the crazy type. The type that just didn't care about the odds, and wasn't afraid to take a leap of faith and pray that God would catch me. Well I did, I became that person. God caught me, but not without letting me fall a few feet in the process.

In this uneasy economy, small businesses have it rough. I learned that firsthand. The owners are the last to be paid—IF they get paid. There were a lot of sleepless nights. A lot of delusional days when I couldn't remember how to do simple math. A lot of hair pulling, and hair falling out, but God saw me through. On a whim, when an old co-worker commented on my social media page, I jokingly gave her the line "If you ever need a graphic designer, let me know..." That's when she replied with, "Really?! They're putting an ad out for one today. Let me go tell them you're interested!" Wow. God was watching over me. Perfect timing to say the least.

I would've NEVER thought that would've happened. My dad had been telling me to check back with my old job about getting a part-time position to bring in some extra cash, but I thought, "No way!" Not long after I had quit to open the coffee shop, they laid-off a few people in our department—one of them a graphic designer. Never in a million years did I think they'd be hiring for that position any time soon. Well, they were, and I was their next hire (er... RE-hire).

God is watching over you when you least suspect it. He remembered how I took that leap of faith to do something great in His name. He didn't forget me. He provided.

God provides, always remember that.


"You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior"
—Hillsong United

Music to inspire you: 'Oceans'—Hillsong United

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