The Way Maker (in a Pandemic)

God’s Timing

Have you ever had a time where the perfect song comes on at just the perfect time? I don’t mean if you’re at a wedding on the dance floor, or just about to start a workout and your favorite hype song comes on. I’m talking about the times when your heart is heavy, your anxiety is blinding you, and you want to cry out to God and ask “why”? I am a firm believer that worship is powerful, and it is one of the ways that not only can we be reminded of God’s Truth, but that He can speak to us.

When the pandemic began to have its effects on the sports industry, I remember sitting on the couch and seeing the Bleacher Report and ESPN notifications start popping up on my screen all chiming the same news that the NBA was suspending the rest of the season. The domino effect quickly began as other sports were cancelled and leagues began talks about what this meant for their upcoming seasons. Within days, I had one client call and ask if we could temporarily suspend services (and payment), and then 24 hours later another client asked if we could reduce the monthly retainer until things bounced back. I had no idea what I was going to do, and of course I began to freak out over the financial aspect + the fact that this dream of mine that had actually turned into a successful business might be over. 

Out of fear and dwelling on what seemed to be a clear cause for redirection, I submitted a few resumes and contacted two local staffing agencies. When one actually called me back and said that they had a company they wanted me to interview with, my stomach dropped. I felt so wrong moving forward … this just wasn’t me. I had worked too freaking hard to make it this far in my business to just throw the towel in. I mean, I preach the mantra of chasing your dreams and leaning into the hard work and the difficult times, and here I was strongly considering the easy and comfortable out. I turned down the opportunity + asked that my profile be closed.

That is Who You Are

It was during this wave of emotions and consideration that Leeland Worship’s song Way Maker came on. “Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness… My God, that is who You are”. This was my perfect timing reminder. One of the reasons that I absolutely love this song is because not only does it bring rest to a restless soul knowing that the God of the universe is in control of whatever may come in this life, but it clearly spells out truths about Him as well. He is a miracle worker. He is a promise keeper. He is our light in the darkness. And He delights when we speak these truths. I was quickly reminded of the weight that these words hold. When I’m able to take a step back and remind myself of these words, it all changes – no matter how hard or painful the situation at hand is.

“Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness… My God, that is who You are”

With my confidence regained, and a new peace that surpasses all understanding, I decided to pivot and innovate. I leveraged every single resource that I had gained recently and over the last five years. I ended up signing an amazing and impressive client (who wasn’t an athlete) who has played a critical role in the pandemic, along with turning a long awaited Branding 101 course from an idea into a reality–this is something that I’ve been talking about for years.

This life, and the things that we face in our world today are not meant to be taken on alone. Leaning on the Way Maker, the One who is and always has been in control, is something that can truly be a game changer. The Big Man above has your back, and He’s asking that you trust Him with it. I can confirm that it’s the best decision you will ever make.

With Love,

– LW

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