Updated: Apr 2, 2020
Recently, I began to worry about finances. Certainly, I am not the only one. As a result of the Michigan Executive Order to stay home, many people have been laid off from their jobs as non-essential businesses have temporarily closed down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am amongst those people. Pursuing my passion is just part of what I do to earn a living. I also work a part-time job that I have not been to since Tuesday, last week.
During my own moment of fear and worry, I was reminded that there is no need to. I was advised by a mentor, to pay close attention to "keys" and on the following day, I was provided with one. My grandmother had mentioned to my mother that I should start making face masks since most stores were sold out and I own a sewing machine. My mother passed this message along to me. I wasn't exactly 100% on board but I thought it was worth a shot and (before stores started to sell out of the elastic to make them) I decided to obtain some for myself to try it out.
Confession: Although I have a sewing machine, I have never used it. It was given to me as a gift several years ago and, to be honest, I was intimidated by it. I have only used a sewing machine once in my life a while back when I spent time with my God-Mother in Missouri. I believe I was nine at that time and I was instructed on how to sew a drawstring backpack. I remember using a fabric with cats printed all over it. Without recalling what I learned more than 20 years ago and with no knowledge of how to work my machine, I sought out patterns to make face masks.
While I was slowly catching on to how to operate my sewing machine, I did not quite catch on to the pattern I was using and gave in. "This is not for me.", I thought. Two days later, a friend shared a post online with a different pattern. I was reluctant at first, but decided to give it another try anyway. When I came to this decision, I received my second key. Within a reading plan I received this message: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, " I will never leave you; never will I forsake you." - Hebrews 13:5. This message shifted my perspective from focusing on learning a new skill in order to earn an income to learning a new skill for the joy of learning and having the resources to do so.
I caught on quickly with the new pattern and without any tutorial I became familiar with the very sewing machine that previously, the simple thought of trying to learn how to use would intimidate me. It was as though I suddenly had an inner knowing. Now that I had the challenging part figured out, I didn't know what to charge in exchange for the masks. Keeping in mind that my focus should not be on the finance, I turned back to where I received my second key and retrieved my third key. Each of you should gi