As I prepare for my upcoming show this week, I heard that familiar voice , “I work best under pressure” or ” I can accomplish much when I have a deadline”. That has always ended up being a false statement for me because when I have a deadline even though I visualize my self being organized and relaxed and calm, I rarely am. Actually, I add more and more to my list when preparing for a craft show. Because I never really know what or how much I am going to sell, I am terrible about making a stop production dead line, always believing I can fit a few more pieces in by the time I have to pack the car. I have high expectations. But that is part of the mental preparation as well. It’s hopeful, exciting and full of expectation.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the ball….
Last Saturday morning, I went to fire some of my work in my kiln. My kiln does not sit on my property but sits on a friend’s property, in back of an office building along with 2 other kilns. When I arrived, I discovered I had been a victim to a theft. Some thug had stolen the control panels off all the kilns…, just stripped them right off! I was in shock, of course.
I was confounded by what my eyes were taking in. I wanted to cry but I was immediately making arrangements for my next firing. Thankfully, my dear friend, Janice, came to my rescue. But that did not solve my problem. I kept telling myself “it will all be okay, God will supply my every need” , while falling into sporadic tears and feeling sorry for myself. One thing I did not do is panic! I have been through many shockers through out my life and I decided this was not something I wanted to freak out about. I am as ready as I will ever be. If I don’t get everything accomplished it’s okay. Pressure is good but I’ll keep it in perspective.
And so I quickly moved on to happier thoughts. I know God has a plan for me! It is almost a week later and I have not resolved this issue. But I am still believing God will supply all my needs!
Here is a cute tile that come out of the kiln before the robbery…
These are pieces I will have at the 20th Annual St Phillips Outdoor Art/Craft Fair happening this Sunday October 21, from 9-5