I've been very reflective lately. I've been reflecting about all the great opportunities I've had and how I got there. It's been amusing to reminisce on how, nine times out of ten, I got there...from the internet!
Just this past week I went to a radio station and the station manager asked me, "So how did we get in touch with you?" My answer was something like, "Well, I met this guy on twitter, and he invited me to play at this benefit concert, and then told me you all would be emailing me about coming by the station." I stopped and thought- this amazing opportunity came from someone I met on twitter? Crazy! And Awesome! Then, from this same opportunity, I received the chance to open for Joe Diffie next weekend at a festival. I would have never been able to book myself that!
Radio Interview with WJJM in Lewisburg, TN
When I recall some of my other radio interviews, I remember that they came about from people I met on the internet too. And If you follow me on my Facebook page, you'll see that I have had numerous Q&A's, interviews, and features--and most of them came from people contacting me on Twitter. Who knew that the internet would become my record label?!
I can't even begin to say how grateful I am that people have been taking a chance on me without even meeting me! And although I owe a lot of it to these individuals, I also know there is something greater at work. I've been reading through the Bible story of Gideon recently, and it's struck me how God's way is never the way we expect. Gideon was just a simple boy when an Angel told him he would become the "Mighty Warrior" to defeat the seemingly indestructible Midianites. At first it seemed like the Israelites may have had a chance when the army had 32,000 men to fight, but God whittled this number down to a mere 300. Then, Gideon instructed his men to only bring torches, trumpets, and empty jars. What?! How much faith did that take to go into war without real weapons? Crazy!
And that's how I feel God is working in my life. In my mind, there are logical ways to navigate this "music business," but God's way is certainly different. He's giving me empty jars and a trumpet and He's creating something I never would have expected out of them.
So if you feel like God is handing you empty jars to fight with, just go with it. Because if there's one thing I learned from Gideon (spoiler alert!), it's that if God is on your side of the battle, you're gonna win.
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.