Chip Gaines from the show Fixer Upper writes in The Magnolia Story on a moment of hardship in his and Joanna’s life before their show took off. His construction business was at a stand still because half the money he had borrowed from the bank was frozen do to then new federal mandates. He desperately needed an influx of funds not to go under. He relates a conversation with would be investors.
“One of them was completely silent, just didn’t say a word. The other guy said, “I don’t know, man. It sounds too risky for me.” He asked a lot of questions and seemed nervous about the deal in general. I’d never had anybody react that way to a deal of mine, ever. It felt like a kick in the gut. In their defense, however, this is not what those guys did for a living. They were not angel investors or financial gurus. They were just good guys I thought might want to get in on this with us. Long story short, they both walked away without much commitment and seemed generally uninterested. They were much better friends with each other than they were with me, and I just hoped that maybe the one who hadn’t said a word was on my side and would convince his friend not to be so skeptical. I walked away feeling like Russell Crowe’s character in that boxer movie Cinderella Man. I wondered if I was going to have to be that formerly proud man who had once been at the top of my profession and now had to wander around to all of my old cronies with my hat in my hand, begging for a dollar so I could buy my kids some milk.”1)Excerpt From: Chip Gaines. “The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content).” iBooks.
Sometimes all we can see is the bad situation. We have to have faith in God to provide even when there is no apparent solution in sight. Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the substance of things not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1). Sometimes we simply can not see what is going on. We must hope in the Lord to provide.
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|1.||↑||Excerpt From: Chip Gaines. “The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content).” iBooks.|