Sometimes I am amazed by God.
My son has been saving up for an electric guitar for several months but he doesn’t get pocket money, he has to work to get money (washing the car, doing laundry etc). And it’s taking a long time. He now has around R800 but that’s a ways off what he needs, especially if he wants to get a decent one.
Now his dad decided (and he has a point) that Raph must first continue with his acoustic guitar lessons for at least another year before he buys the electric, and is not willing to help him out with money. After all he is already paying for the acoustic lessons.
But in Raph’s heart he so badly wanted, longed for, an electric. He practices on his acoustic faithfully, he enjoys it, but he is 12, and he loves rock, and his heart is set on going electric.
This is what happened: Raph had been praying for an electric guitar. Praying and praying… Then one night when I went to collect him at Youth at the end of last year the youth leader came over as Raph was about to climb in the car and told him he can borrow his guitar as he owns more than one himself, until he can buy his own. Raph had told him he was saving for one but hadn’t asked him if he had one. So he had a guitar, but no amp.
Then we discovered that my nephew, an epic electric guitarist, left an amp in a cupboard at my mom’s place when he moved to the UK 5 years ago. One Facebook wall request later and the amp was Raph’s – permanently.
Now another friend of ours, K, might have an electric guitar we can get for cheap-cheap that she suddenly offered us in December. The things are practically falling out the sky!
This is how it was with me and cameras – I was given my first one by a stranger who just wanted to do something nice, my second one by an friend of my brother I hadn’t seen for many years, and that same friend sold a brand new in the box 400D to G (as a gift for me) at cost price in 2010.
It seems to me if you have a gift and you want to use it, God sometimes comes alongside and makes your dreams a reality.