Updated: Aug 20, 2019
I can only describe 2019 as being an unpredictable journey. It’s had highs, lows and inbetweens. I’ve experienced wild, thrilling ascents followed by jaw dropping descents. I’ve had moments of absolute joy and equal moments of utter despair. My emotions have never been tested like this, my faith has never been tested like this...
Lesson 3: God’s got you, let Him lead
Working in Fashion is HARD. This industry has no mercy, it takes no prisoners and every day brings a whole new challenge. This June marked the 3rd year of me being in ‘business’ and the 1st year of trading as Asikara. At the beginning of the year, I’d lost all hope, I was actually ready to throw in the towel but I heard God whisper in my ear, “Laura Jane, I'm not done with you yet!”
So I pressed on.
I kept moving.
I‘ll be honest, I didn’t know where I was going, where God was leading or what was coming next.
I just had to trust Him and believe that what He said was true.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Psalms 32:8 NKJV
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
With every promise came an assurance, with every disappointment came an answer. If it wasn’t an encouraging word from a friend, it was another award nomination. If it wasn’t a new opportunity it was a glowing customer review. God hadn’t left me. I wasn’t alone. I had to keep on trusting Him.
'Many are unable to make definite plans for the future. Their life is unsettled. They cannot discern the outcome of affairs, and this often fills them with anxiety and unrest...We have not wisdom to plan our own lives. It is not for us to shape our future...So should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple outworking of His will. As we commit our ways to Him, He will direct our steps.' - Ellen G White, Ministry of Healing pg 478
Just last month, my friend encouraged and supported me through a whole new chapter in the Asikara book, Christian Apparel!
Something most people don’t know about me is that I spent my whole university placement year designing sportswear and apparel for a variety of brands. I’ve always valued comfort over style and although I love to sew, my creative mind doesn’t just stop there!
After completing my university degree I didn’t think much about pursuing anything to do with Apparel. I felt stronger urge to sew than I did to graphically design. I didn’t lose my skills but I put them to one side and focused on the African Print vibe.
It turns out God had other plans! I’d talked briefly about Apparel with my friends, with my family and with my mentor but for some reason it never appealed to me.
I remember there’s was one day, it just clicked. Why can’t you do both? I wrestled with the idea, I felt like God was calling me to more, to be bolder in my pursuit of Him, to be unashamed of Him in every aspect of my life, even my brand, Asikara.
“When God throws something your way, catch it!"
I was tired of fighting, tired of guessing and running and trying to do things my way, so I leaped into the unknown and watched as God caught me, cushioned my blow and placed me on even higher ground than I was before.
““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
God knows what He’s doing, even if you don’t. In fact it’s not important for us to know what God is doing, all we have to do is trust and believe that His way is best. I choose to follow where God leads even when the way isn’t clear. I serve a God who knows the end from the beginning, a God who‘s never let me down and promises to never leave nor forsake me. Try Him, He can and will do the same for you.
I don’t know what you’re going through, or what 2019 has been like for you so far but I know that God has a plan for you beyond your wildest dreams! Where’s God taking you? What have you learnt through trusting Him this year?
Let me know in the comments below!