Recently, a fellow musician approached me to talk about my music and the instruments
that I own. He asked me about the make and model of my current Acoustic guitar. I told
him that I bought my guitar 6 years ago to replace one that had been stolen. The one
I use now is an Epiphone Masterbilt guitar which I bought online. It has definitely
served me well in the past 6 years. I have been using it extensively for my work and
for writing my own music. This guitar at the time was very affordable. The one I owned
previously (the one that was stolen) was worth roughly around $1500 and I didn’t have
enough money to invest in another like it. The Epiphone comes nowhere near that
So my friend encouraged me to start thinking about investing in a professional grade
acoustic guitar. He told me that since I play guitar for a living, playing a higher
quality instrument that is more reliable would help a lot in my growth as an artist
and a musician. He was very encouraging. I valued what He meant because I have played
my share of instruments and have often dreamed about having a professional instrument.
The only problem is that my financial situation will not allow me to make this
investment. More than likely, I probably will not be in a spot where this could turn
into reality for a very long time. Hannah and I at this point, do not have disposable
income. Even if we did, we have other priorities as a couple that are more important
that acquiring another instrument.
Upon hearing this, my friend understood my situation and provided me with a shocking
response. He said that He would be willing to put money towards me buying a new guitar
as a way to support me and my music. I was floored by this. It is super encouraging
to know that someone would believe in me so much that they would go above and beyond
to make certain dreams of mine a reality right now. He encouraged me to look around
for one what would suit me and my music well. We eventually found a solid candidate.
The amount of money that He was willing to give would be available to pay for more
than half of this guitar’s price.
I started to get pulled down by gravity as I realized that I still could not afford
to pay for the remainder of it’s cost. It was a very emotional time. I got so excited
but I was quickly humbled by the fact that it could still not happen. So I decided
to wait. My friend thought that it was a great idea to be patient.
My Bosses (Josh and Andy) from the Table told me to include the details of this in
my next newsletter and just put the information out there for those who support me.
They said that other people might be interested in supporting me just like my
musician friend. They encouraged me that the worst thing that could happen is that
no one else would respond. I really had nothing to lose. I came to a place where
I was at peace knowing that it is out of my hands. I stopped worrying about it and
sent out my newsletter with all the information about the guitar.
The same day that I printed and put out my newsletter, an anonymous donor handed my
boss (Josh) a cheque with the exact amount I needed for the remaining cost of the
guitar. Apparently, the donor told him specifically that this amount would go for
that purpose. As you can imagine, I WAS THRILLED! Here it is:
This guitar is made in Vancouver, BC by the famous canadian guitar company called
Larrivee. Remember when I told you about the guitar that I owned long ago that got
stolen? That too was a Larrivee. I bought the Epiphone to replace it. I was angry
about the loss 6 years ago but clearly, it seems like God knew all along that I
would one day own another one. This is really what the story is about. It’s about
providence and how certain events have a way of revealing what God had been planning
all along. Getting this new guitar has been an amazing blessing and affirmation of
God’s hand in my life. I am so overwhelmed at how much I’ve been cared for by Him.
From the beginning of my journey as a musician, it feels like doors have kept
opening for me. My sense of purpose has never been so alive.
I am so blessed to have a community of people who support me and continually see
God’s work in me. I am humbled and thankful for these friends. I am so blessed to
have a wife who supports my passion for music and who never ceases to fight for my
dreams. I am blessed to serve a God who never quits pursuing me and stretching me
in my relationship with Him. I am a very blessed man and all the glory and honour
be unto God for wherever His Spirit leads me in the future. My faith is strengthened
and my sights are clear.