This new year has started off quite quickly. I feel like I’m still trying to get my head around the new job and being back in the country. I applied for a few jobs in when I arrived back from my travels in New Zealand and landed a job as an interior decorator and designer in Hillcrest at Hannah Interiors. Its been such a growing time working there and feel challenged everyday. I’m looking forward to the growth and seeing it used to develop dreams.
This year has also been a stretch of blessing and I hope to start writing here more or develop something new and start afresh. I would love to start sharing more of God’s grace here and start developing these ideas that are waiting to escape!
Recently my car was stolen, and I had left my mac book and ipad in the car. I know, how stupid. But these things happen. Unfortunately my car was the only thing that was insured. I was feeling a little overwhelmed and thought I would find a way to get this sorted it. I honestly had no cash to buy anything new. My parents offered yet again to buy me one. I’m still paying them back for the one that was stolen. I honestly was in tears with the stress of financial worry. I look at my parents, and cried out, I’m only 22 and I have this much dept. In the design field, the fact is, is that you need a computer, you need programming and you need to be able to have these things in order to fulfil your job as a designer. No one wants drawings on paper, or pictures taken from magazines to describe the feel of the space, you need glossy presentations. Although I was overwhelmed by all of this, a chat with a dear friend, reminded me that all these things will work out. I was somewhat at peace. I was working the following saturday at the shop, and got a call from my parents. My aunt and uncle found out what had happened and had offered to purchase me a new macbook and iPad. They said that I shouldn’t hold back and should get the best. Deep down I was overwhelmed. How do you reply to such generosity. I’m typing to you now on my new macbook. I think Jesus always knows what you need and he will always provide. I honestly was going to get a cheap computer to get the job done and yet I was offered the opportunity to purchase a mac. I’m overwhelmed not by worry but joy. Just felt that Jesus deserves glory here and my family honour.
On friday night after work I took my usual drive back from work and found myself stuck in a bumper to bumper traffic jam. The cops had blocked off so many onramps to the freeway that I just ended up following with the traffic. Two hours later I arrived in an area that was familiar but the cops had blocked that onramp off too. A tanker had overturned on the freeway. I had no airtime and couldn’t call my parents for advice on a route. I felt lost. I pulled into a gas station that was so choc a blocked. It felt like the whole city was stuck. One ladies car had overheated and was getting her car fixed and others were just grabbing coffee waiting for the traffic to die down. People had frustration written all over their cars as they hooted and sped past. You could tell there was frustration in the air. I nearly had three car accidents this night. I walked in to get some airtime and grab a bite to eat. I was standing chatting to my parents explaining the situation, trying to find a route home. My parents said they would call back. A girl, about the same age as me, striked up a conversation. She was wondering where I was heading to and asked if she could help. Not even a minute later she was on the phone, asking her dad for directions for me. She passed the phone to me. On the other side of the line was this reassuring voice, “Hello darling…. what you want to…” and so I wrote it all done and thought I should be fine. The girl suggested to me that it would be best if I borrow her GPS. Without me saying much she was in her car grabbing the device. I was flabbergasted. “Shame…. I’m sure I will be fine.” I said. She wasn’t convince. She handed it to me and we proceeded to add my address in. We exchanged names and numbers and off I went. I was sitting in my car thinking to myself, is this really happening. Would a stranger give me her GPS? Am I being naive? She texted me asking me to let her know when I was at home and ended the text with “God bless”. I knew it! I knew Jesus had had to be involved in this ordeal. I replied to her letting her know that I was safe and responded with thanks and commented that Jesus knew that I needed her help and just wanted to thank her again. She then responded saying “Indeed He did. Thats why we pray every morning, cause we never know what will happen” Well I tell you, that was an amazing encounter. I examined myself. I don’t know if I would hand a stranger my GPS? But she did with confidence, and once again, just wanted to share this moment as it is dear to my heart.
I really do want to write more of these, and share more of my photographs and ideas that are brewing in the air. I realise these take time, and sometimes time can run away! But I hope to be able to keep up with this passion.
Have an amazing week.