Last night a lively group of women met at the historic Campbell Hotel for a fun-filled evening with the fabulous Amber Welch and her equally fabulous mother, Jere Welch. It was our October gathering of Tulsa Woven, and if you are not a part of us you really should be. Amber and her mom own the amazing Amber Marie stores, including their spectacular new Christmas store at Utica Square. Amber was with us not only to share her story, but also to teach us how to make bows. If you have ever been in her store you know she makes the most beautiful bows! Mine are more of the Target stick-on variety, so I was especially excited about this activity.
Our price for the event included an EZ Bow Maker. We were told to bring a pair of scissors and ribbon, or we could purchase some of the beautiful ribbon that Amber brought with her. Here’s the thing about the EZ Bow maker…it comes unassembled. As I took it out of the box I heard someone say, “Does anyone have a hammer or a mallet?” Seriously? Which one of these ladies is going to pull a hammer out of her Mary Poppins bag I wondered, although earlier in the day as I was cleaning out my own handbag, I found a Spode pie server. How long have I been walking around with that? But back to the question, does anyone have a hammer or a mallet? Imagine my surprise when I heard someone say, “I do. I have a hammer and a mallet in my trunk! I’m a realtor!” A first-timer at a Woven event, she saved the day by not only having the necessary hammer, but by quickly assembling 40-some-odd EZ Bow Makers.
As I have thought about last evening over my morning coffee, it occurred to me how just like God it is to provide a solution to a problem we didn’t know we were going to encounter. The Bible tells us that God Himself personally goes before us. We have no need to fear whatever may lie ahead. And we can never be prepared for every eventuality, but God already has it covered. One of my favorite passages in Scripture, Psalm 139, tells us that God has recorded all our days in His book. Sometimes we find ourselves going to God with the big, macro events, but he is concerned with everything in our lives. Even the small things. And He has gone ahead of us. All we have to do is trust Him.
The most important way God has gone ahead of me was to provide a Savior before I ever knew I needed one. The Bible tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). God provided a way for me to have a relationship with Him because He knew I would not be able to find Him on my own.
The ladies who planned last night’s event planned and prayed. We planned the best way we could and we asked God to take care of every detail. We never imagined that we would need a hammer, but God knew all about it. All we had to do was pray and trust.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5-6