The title of this post is from a song my good friend Seaux Chill wrote called “God’s Classroom” (go check him out on SoundCloud, his music is lit!). And I think it’s totally appropriate for what I’m about to write about.
So, some of you know that I went to Nashville this past weekend to hang out with a couple of my “bros,” and to go to The Changes Tour with William Singe and Alex Aiono.
*DISCLAIMER: This is not a concert review. I’ll be posting a concert review on my new YouTube channel that I’m working on. This post is solely dealing with the opportunities presented to me involving my writing.
I went to the concert expecting to have a good time. I mean, I got VIP to meet Will and Alex, I was planning on seeing Silas (Will’s keyboardist), and I knew the show was going to be amazing. What I wasn’t expecting was Silas asking if I wanted to say one of my spoken word pieces on his Instagram live after the show.
Now, I knew Silas had read some of my blog posts because after following both me and my best friend Bria on Twitter and Instagram last year during Will’s The Introduction Tour, he’d kept up with us frequently because Silas is just that type of guy – he keeps up with his fans on social media extremely well.
But for him to ask me to say a piece on his Instagram live? I was blown away. Humbled. Grateful.
I thought I’d had the piece I wanted on my phone, but had to text my bros to email it to me from my computer at their apartment. Shoutout to them for coming through for me!
As I spoke my piece titled “Some Nights,” I tried to hinder myself from shaking because I was nervous. And excited. Silas’ little comments here and there encouraged me as I continued to read from my iPhone screen. And once I was done, I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t remember what I’d read even though I was the one who’d written it. It was as if an adrenaline rush had gone through me as I read (“It’s just, a little rush…” haha).
Even though I could talk about how many follows, messages, tweets, etc. I’d gotten after that moment, I just want to focus on the fact that God blessed me with that opportunity. He blessed me with the gift to write, to communicate. He instilled within me the strength to even mention to Silas that I was wanting to put some background music to some of the spoken word poetry I had started writing.
All I can say is thank you, Jesus.
It doesn’t end there though…
I had to call a Lyft to take me back to the apartment, and the driver and I got into a conversation about writing. He began asking me questions about what kind of writing I preferred and why, exactly what I was working on, how I was able to discipline myself to blog almost every day, the issue of vulnerability from writer to reader, and other things. And I had never felt so comfortable and in my element than in these two moments – when I was speaking something I’d written, and when I was talking about writing and where I currently am in my writing journey.
Once we got to the apartment complex, the driver told me that I’d inspired him to continue writing every day, to start a blog of his own where he could write every day, and that he would take my advice and opinions to heart. And just hearing him say that made me tear up.
Because honestly, recently I’d been wondering if writing was supposed to be the thing I was doing with my life. I questioned whether the path I was going on was the right one, whether I was just doing something I wanted, and not allowing God to work in and through it.
So I see these current events, opportunities, and conversations as a confirmation from God. I’d been praying that the Lord would show me where I need to go with #JustStartWriting, that He’d direct me if I was off course. But I’d never felt such confirmation until this past Monday night after The Changes Tour show in Nashville.
Amazing how God works, and how He loves His children so much to show and speak to us in opportunities such as this.
As one of my cousins said after I told him this story, “Now you gotta go harder than ever.” And I plan on doing so with everything I’ve been thinking and praying about – my blogging, my writing projects, my vlog. I’m excited to see where God is going to take me because I truly believe that “I done got the green light from God.”
To end this, I just want to say another huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who’s believed in me thus far. To those who have been reading my stuff faithfully for a while now, and to those who are just beginning to follow my writing journey. To my family and friends who have always encouraged this dream of mine. To Silas (aka SodTp aka DAD?!) for encouraging me and believing in me enough to provide a small platform for me on his Instagram live 🙏🏽🌀. To all those who watched, either during or after the IG live broadcast. To those who messaged me, saying they felt connected with the words I’d written and spoken from my heart.
All praise and glory to God, my Father. I can’t wait to share more of my heart with you all.
💙 Mishy 🦋