I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the amazing ways that God works in our lives. Sometimes things in the music business (and life) get really hard, and it can be difficult to understand why things are happening the way they are. It makes me really lean into the verse “lean not on your own understanding…” I know God has a plan, and it is a great one, so I constantly remind myself of this. I’ve come to think of these difficult times as “Training.”
When you prepare to run a marathon, you train. You start running daily, adding miles on to your run week by week, until you have the stamina to run the whole marathon. The process can be stressful, exhausting, and painful, and it certainly takes a lot of drive and patience, but it’s far better than the alternative. If you were to jump into the full marathon distance all at once, you’d either seriously upset your body, or simply not be able to finish the race. I think God trains us in the same way. He knows the race that we have to run. He knows how great it is, and what we need to prepare for, so he sends us “training exercises.”
Recently I’ve been in the middle of a few more of God’s little “training exercises.” I’ve been looking for a few new guitar players, because my guitar player has some new projects that won’t allow him to play regularly with me anymore, and I’ve been looking for a new show for CMA Fest, because the one I booked 5 months ago, just got cancelled. So, yesterday, I went downtown and beat the pavement, looking for a new show. It was 90 degrees out, and I was starting to feel frustrated, and suddenly I felt my phone buzz. I pull it out of my pocket, and realize that it was the bands in town app on my phone. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is an app that lets you know when artists are playing in your area. Well, the update on my bands in town app was to inform me that “Brittany Bexton had a show during CMA Fest.” Mind you, this is the same show, that has been cancelled, and there I was, pounding the pavement looking for a replacement show right as I receive this update! It was a good reminder, that God might put us through painful “training exercises” but He has a sense of humor too, and in that moment, all I could do was laugh! By the way, not to worry, I will have a show during CMA Fest, I’ll let you know the details when I confirm. Thank you for your patience and support! I love y’all!
Ps. Don’t forget to laugh at the little things.