I’ve been working on a project, an illustrating/handlettering set for friends. We went over and over different designs. Days were spent trying to perfect one concept after another, only for us to come to the end and decide that they weren’t right after all.
Time was running out yesterday afternoon. Schedules were packed, and yet this important project was getting nowhere. One more design was set forward for drafting.
I started praying over it as I bent over my paper once again. ‘Lord, please, please, guide my pencil and help us find the right one soon…’
In all things, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.”
-1 Thessalonians 16-18
I was about a third done with the concept draft when plans were changed again. Time had run out: we were just going to settle for a ‘meh’ design that no one was particularly excited about.
“O.K.,” I replied, laughing to ease the stressed nerves between everyone. “No worries.”
Just for the sake of it, I sent a photo of the design I had been working on. “I’ll stop this and work on the new one.”
“Wait. Hold on.”
Guess what? That prayed-over, last-resort design was EXACTLY what my friend had in mind originally.
We’d finally found the design. THE design. The one we were going to make official. We didn’t have to settle
Nervously, still praying “Oh, Lord, don’t let me mess this up now,” I went back to work on the remaining 2/3rds that had not yet been ‘invented’. I have a fairly loose designing technique sometimes: I just sketch randomly until I hit on what I like. Not this time. I tell you, the design flowed, and every element just appeared under my fingers– perfect.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.