Do you remember my post last week about how I was letting trying to get a BlogHer’ 10 ticket stress me out? If you do, then you’ll also remember that ultimately, I realized I had to give up my own desires and humble myself to whatever plans the Lord has for me.
How’s this for funny:
Day 1-3: Miriam is trying to get a BlogHer ticket.
Day 4: Miriam starts stressing out about not being able to get a BlogHer ticket.
Day 4 PM: Gil reminds Miriam to take a chill pill and have faith that things will happen as they should. Miriam relaxes and gives it up to Jesus.
Day 5: Miriam writes a post sharing her lessons about not stressing out.
Day 5 PM: Miriam gets an email asking if she wants to buy someone’s ticket – heck yizzah!
Later that night: Miriam purchases an early bird ticket! What’s important to note here is that I actually chased that Ebay bid up to $550. Good gracious that was a lot of money. Wasn’t it the Lord looking out or me that in the end, I was able to get a ticket for less than 2/3 of what that final ebay price was? Yes…yes it was!
Day 6: Get an email from BlogHer asking if I still needed a ticket, because if so, they would provide a ticket if I would volunteer some time.
Day 7: I get an email from a BlogHer exhibitor asking if I want a full conference pass for free, with no strings attached.
Obviously, I politely declined the subsequent offers of BlogHer tickets since I’d already purchased my pass. But I couldn’t help but sit back and just have a good chuckle at the way God works. For me, it goes to show that it is totally worth it to step back and look at how you’re approaching things. If it’s wrong, admit it, change it, and keep going. If for a moment you are off the Lord’s path, get back on and He will bless you.
In a lot of ways this could even be more of a testimony that had I waited on the Lord patiently, then I could have saved myself $200. That would’ve been great. But I also know that faith is something that I can grow in and accumulate more of. It’s something that I’ve been asking for – to recognize and realize my faith. For me, this is the Lord saying, “OK Miriam, I’m so happy that you decided to give it all up and to humble yourself to my will. And yes, it was a blessing that you were able to get an early bird ticket. Just know that with a little more faith in Me, I would have provided all things for you, better than you imagined.”
Even as I type that, I think that’s my next lesson from all of this – to not limit God with my expectations of how He can bless me. Be open to all possibilities and all things so that I can receive what He would have me receive AND have faith that He will provide. That’s my message for you today too. When you’re praying for help, don’t limit God in HOW to help you – just ask for His help, forgiveness, and guidance – and KNOW that he will answer your prayers, and probably with an answer you might not have even imagined.
Peace and Blessings,