“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (NIV)
Some of you may know that my brother Deric is a super-talented country music musician, singer and songwriter. Last week he told me something profound so I wanted to share it with you. But first, let me give you some background.
One of the things people don’t realize is that being a musician is really hard work. They just hear songs on the radio or see videos on T.V. or YouTube. But what they don’t see is, well… what they don’t see.
Only a small percentage of musicians ever get to make music for a living, and an even smaller percentage make enough to support themselves exclusively through their art.
It takes years of honing your skills, taking chances, meeting people, thickening your skin, facing rejection, getting up again, making sacrifices, being disciplined, working hard, having faith and making wise decisions.
And all of this happens while not always knowing if you’re going to have an income a few months down the road.
Deric has had some great success–he’s released albums and videos, put on hundreds of concerts, enjoyed growing success and number 1 songs. But as he told me last week, you never really know if (or when) it’s all going to stop. You can never really take anything for granted or let your craft slide.
So when he and his wife Margaret wanted to finally build that house they’ve always thought about, it would be a financial risk. Should they do it, or play it safe, not knowing what the future would hold. These are the questions artists face all the time.
As they were thinking it through his publisher said this: “Sometimes you have to leap, and the net will appear.”
They agreed and took the leap. A few days later machines were on the property going to work.
Only five days later Deric learned that superstar Blake Shelton had decided to make one of his songs (“Came Here to Forget”) his next single.
And there’s the net.
I’m not saying that things will always work out the way you hope. Of course, they often don’t.
But I truly believe that sometimes you have to leap before you see the net.
If you always know what’s going to happen, can you really say you’re living by faith?
Things aren’t always certain. And you can’t predict the future. But that’s okay. Because God is already there.
By Matthew Ruttan