I’m pretty tired at the moment, but wanted to take a few minutes to write–i’m going to try to get some momentum going on the blog so that i don’t go another 8 weeks without writing.
For some reason, people that i work with have been dying. The first one happened a bit over a year ago. I was called to a recently-widowed woman’s house to fix a spot on her sofa that had been left there when her husband’s body was removed by paramedics. He’d died as he was napping on the sofa. He was in his early 30s. As i was there looking around i recognized him in some photos as a man that regularly called me into his body shop to fix cars he was working on. It was something of a shock, needless to say. About a month ago i went into Sheelys, a local furniture store, and was told that the service manager, who i spoke with frequently, had died suddenly the week before. She was 41 or 42. Needless to say, i’ve been thinking about this a lot.
Anyway, i got a call from a lady late last week. I called her back and she told me that her husband, who had a vinyl and leather repair business like mine, had died suddenly in his sleep. She was looking for someone to buy all his tools and supplies and wondered if i would be interested. It was an odd situation. I wasn’t exactly sure how to respond. This morning i went down to Lake Tomahawk to her house and looked at what she had. I ended up taking all of it (if i didn’t buy it she was going to have to throw it away). I paid her what i could afford to offer for the stuff and i brought it all home. I’ve been sorting it out tonight. I did end up throwing a lot of it away, but i found some useful items. The most interesting part of it all though was that while i was loading all of the stuff into my car i noticed a small bottle that said “flexible leather adhesive.” The fact that i noticed it at all was amazing–there was probably 300 bottles of various paints and glues. Anyway, my next stop for the day was a job that i “forgot” to do last week. I didn’t really forget–i was putting it off because i couldn’t figure out how to fix a rip in this woman’s leather chair. I needed, you guessed it, flexible leather adhesive–something that i didn’t even know how to order. The chair repaired beautifully, and i drove home in amazement.
I’ve been thinking about how God has such an odd way of providing for us. And, how much He provided for us things that we don’t even ask for. I have to be honest, i don’t normally kneel down and pray about things like leather glue or even about my work at all. For some reason i’ve just conditioned myself to think that God doesn’t care about that part of my life, or that it’s stupid to ask Him to provide for aspects of my business.
About a year ago i bought a copy of the NIV New Testament on CD to listen to in the car. I found it the other day and have been listening through the first three gospels. It’s interesting that one of the verses that stuck out at me yesterday was the one about the Father knowing what we need before we ask Him for it. God must be trying to tell me something–and after today it’s hard to ignore it–even if the object lesson was a little bottle of glue that i received from a dead man.
I’ll stop talking about death now.
This is my official blog announcement that i’ve gone public on MySpace. For anyone who doesn’t know what MySpace is, it’s basically a web site where musicians and fans of musicians each get their own little page to share music and link to each other. It’s a form of networking i guess. Anyway, i’ve had a page for a few months but haven’t done anything with it. So, this evening, between sorting out old pain and washing old paint bottles in the sink, i spent some time getting some information up on MySpace and sending out friend requests to all of my favorite musicians. So…check it out! I’ve got some live songs up there from last April when i opened for Ryan Wilkins at Old North Church. I’m hoping to get some demos from my new CD up there in the next couple of weeks–which would be better than the crappy-sounding bootlegs. Also, nearly everyone in my ‘friends’ list right now are amazing musicians y’all should be listening to. All of the have some of their songs up on their pages, so follow the links and find some great music to listen to. You won’t regret it. If you’re really ambitious, sign up for your own account and become a part of the community. It’s not as fun as blogging, but it’s fun. Just by following random links i’ve come across several musicans who are really good and who i never would have heard of if not for MySpace. So, check it out! My address is: http://www.myspace.com/robosborn. Be sure to check out Greg Adkins and Dave Potts especially…it’s some fantastic music–alright, i could say that about most of the people there. So check them all out. Seriously though, I’ve gotten to know Greg and Dave on the songwriting board i hang out on. They’re amazing songwriters.
Alright it’s late…so i’m heading out. Have a good one y’all!