“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV)
My “tent making business” is mergers and acquisitions. If my client is sold, I get paid. If not, I don’t. It’s extremely volatile, with no financial stability. Five years ago, I was selling a client while working at another firm. The complexity was beyond my client’s skill level. They needed my stewardship. Late in the process, the buyer changed several terms. It all seemed innocent, but in reality, it became a bad deal. Yet after 10 months of investment, there was a lot of pressure to get it done.
One morning in the shower, a gentle thought bubbled up within me. God said, “If you really trusted Me to provide, you wouldn’t push that deal through.” Suddenly, I was faced with the uncomfortable truth of His gentle guidance. I had to choose. I decided to trust Jesus. I said “Lord, I want Your best, and I trust You’ll take care of me.” Well, the deal fell apart, and it became a rough year.
Two years later, I left my old firm. I really wanted my own firm, but didn’t think that I could fund it. Right when I had to decide, in what can only be described as surreal, a buyer surfaced for that old client. A complex sale process that normally takes 300+ days was completed in just 49 days. Suddenly, I was able to fund my own firm, with everything fully paid for in advance!
A year later, the Lord showed me two things.
In the shower, He didn’t say, “If you follow My ways, I’ll give you your
own firm.” That would have been a business deal, where I followed Christ because I saw how I could benefit. Instead, He gently said, “If you really trusted Me to provide…” He wanted my trust, and I had to choose, with no guarantees. His word was a fork in the road. Did I have the courage to blindly trust Him
If I hadn’t trusted God’s direction, I would have sold the company to the wrong buyer at the wrong time. I would have missed His plan for me.
“You, LORD, are my lamp; the LORD turns my darkness into light.” – 2 Samuel 22:29 (NIV)
- Tom Turpin