Today’s post is Part of a 31 Day writing series where I will choose moments from my life and let them be my writing prompt for the day. I am in office manager mode today getting ready for piano students to show up this afternoon. I decided to write about our work reality and how God is providing. Click the image for the complete series.
Today is a work day for me and I say that very loosely. Very. Loosely. I may have mentioned that Mr. Piano recently started a Piano Studio. I am the Office Manager. Pretty much volunteer, but still things have to be organized.
We finally decided in August, after several months of waffling back and forth, to open our doors beginning in September. We put an add in the local paper and started a Facebook page. You can go there and like it if you wish.
It was a slow start with one student, and then a couple weeks ago, we added five more almost all at once. That was encouraging. Five weeks in and we have six students. Now, we just need to keep adding. The goal is to eventually have enough students that we can find a studio space separate from our home. We trust God to provide the students we need and who need us.
We are loving our students and getting to know them. They have supportive parents which is a blessing. And they are a bright group. We are thankful that God is blessing our home business and we are excited to see how he continues to provide.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, or if you know us, then you know that my husband graduated with his DMA in piano in 2013. When he went back to school, it was to fulfill a dream and also with the goal of pursuing teaching at a University. He has been applying for positions since 2012. Every door that looked like it might open was abruptly slammed shut. He also applied for several Minister of Music Positions (this is what he did before going back to school). Again, every door that looked like it might open was slammed shut.
It is hard not to take a slammed door personal, even when you are doing your best to trust that God has a plan for you that is better than what you can imagine. It is hard to let go of the dream and trust that God may have other plans or a different timeline. It is hard to wrap your head around the fact that a professional musician can find paid work in a small town. Paid being the key word. It is easy to find plenty of volunteer positions. And volunteering is great and necessary and we want to continue giving back, but if you want to pay your bills you also need a source of income.
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
We realized we we had been putting God in a box, and we finally had to acknowledge that he is the man with the plan. It is not our decision. He knows what is best for us now and in the future. We knew this of course in theory, but still the doubts were looming large. So, we put our faith into action and believed that God would provide work for a professional musician in a small town if we would make ourselves willing and available. It is going to be exciting to see how he provides.
In addition to teaching Mr. Piano also gives concerts in churches (he has openings) and plays for weddings, funerals and other events. He does music accompaniment at a University in a neighboring town; this winter he will be accompanying the theater department as they perform Cabaret. He has also been substitute teaching. His plate is getting full. It’s piecemeal work that fluctuates rather than a job with certainty but he is using his gifts and we are thankful.
I have changed the way I pray about the future. Instead of praying for God to open up a certain type of door for my husband, I have been praying for him to send us the work he has for us to do. I have been asking him to provide our needs the way he sees fit. I have been trusting that if our savings runs out before our income catches up that he will still provide all our needs. He always has. Why would he stop now.
Today is a day that I wear my office hat and hope that the furnace guy is done soon and I have time to mop the floor before the first student arrives.
Working in Grace,
3 thoughts on “Prompted By Work”
Enjoyed your post today – it’s hard to try to start a business and especially in the Arts. Praying that God will provide for you and your husband (coincidentally, my daughter is a stay-at-home mom after teach elementary school music for 9 years! She has several piano students, but had taken off some time after her 3rd child was born in July. She is gradually getting her students back, but doesn’t have the number they really need. To add to it, her husband is an Artist, teaching elementary school art and one college-level class one day a week. I relate to what you are struggling with, also – in leaving it ALL in God’s hands. Yes, He will provide! Continuing to follow!!!
Thanks! Sounds like your daughter and son-in-law are very talented individuals. And yes, you and they probably understand how hard working in the arts at something you love can be difficult financially.