My biggest lesson of 2017 came two days before 2017 ended. God proved Himself in a sweet way, when I met actor and singer Jason Weaver. I like to give credit where credit is due, so before I begin, here is a SMALL excerpt of Jason’s resume’. Jason Weaver starred in television shows: Thea ( Jerome Turrell), Smart Guy (Marcus Henderson); movies: Drumline (Ernest), Lottery Ticket (Ray Ray), and ATL (Teddy). However, I first learned about Jason, when he starred (acting and singing) as preteen/early teenager “Michael Jackson” in ABC’s miniseries “The Jacksons: An American Dream” movie, and as a kid, I (we) sang along with him on “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie, because he was the singing voice of “Young Simba”. I still have his “Love Ambition” album (cassette tape) that was released in 1995, and was excited to see him as the featured vocals on Chingy’s “One Call Away”.
I’m one of the ladies that had a MAJOR teenage celebrity crush, that never left them as they got older. I was about 12 when I developed a crush on Jason, which was 24 years ago. Early 2015, I remember scrolling on social media and looking at something on his page and I remember telling God that I wanted to meet him. Late 2017, I jokingly mentioned in a group text message to my family, who lives in the Atlanta area (which is Jason’s 2nd home), that “the next time I come to Atlanta we are going to go find Jason Weaver”. However, when I visited them a few months later, I know that the way that our day played out, leading up to Jason walking directly past me at Topgolf, was orchestrated by God, and not me. That’s not to say that God didn’t orchestrate the other celebrities that I’ve been blessed to meet, because some of them were on my list to meet too, but most of them I knew that I would meet because I was at a concert (that had a meet and greet), a public forum, or at a sporting event. This time, I didn’t play a part in it, AT ALL. I had NO clue that Jason and I would be at the same place, at the same time.
My cousins and I had originally scheduled to go to Topgolf earlier in the day (the first time I had ever even heard about Topgolf was a few months prior when my cousin had mentioned it), but we weren’t prompted or pressed to get there as early as we planned. So before we left to go, my cousins ran some errands and when they came back we put on our normal routine of a singing/dancing concert at the house, we got ready, ate, left the house, and drove a little ways to get there. However, before we left the house, I said to myself “we are going to meet someone famous at Topgolf”. A few days before I went to visit my family, I saw one of his social media post and concluded that he spent the holidays in Atlanta, but neither these things or Jason ever crossed my mind while I was visiting, or when I made the confession that we were going to meet someone famous at Topgolf…..not even when we passed by a Waffle House on the way to the Topgolf, and one of my cousins told me it was the Waffle House where “ATL” was filmed, however T.I., who was one of the main characters all of a sudden came to mind. We were also listening to my Atlanta music playlist (a music playlist that I put together of artist that are from/associates with Atlanta) which his song “Love Ambition” is on. His song didn’t play in the song rotation, but being the fact that I have about 50 songs on the playlist, what were the odds/probability that it would play in the rotation, in regards to amount of time it took for us to get to there?
When we arrived, it took us a few minutes to find a parking spot, we stood in line for a little while, and then we stood in the lobby area to wait for them to let us know when our bay area (a bay is basically our specific area where we would be golfing, like a bowling lane area) was ready. As we stood in the lobby area, in about a 20 minute timeframe, I went from standing beside my cousins, to a little later, standing facing them, but a few feet down. I don’t remember what I was doing specifically (I think I may have been in the middle of looking in my purse), but I just so happen to look up and Jason was in arm’s reach of me, but was already slightly passed me, which caused me to catch only a side view of him, but I KNEW it was him. Jason is a lot taller than me, and it’s crazy that I looked up at the exact right height to be able to catch the side of his face. Had I not looked up as high as I did or looked up a second later, I would have missed him.
I didn’t say anything when I saw him because I was too shocked!!! I don’t remember how I was able to know which bay and be able tell my cousins that he walked right passed us, but I was able to tell them, and then point him out in his bay area to my younger cousin as proof that I wasn’t tripping (Lol)! Excited was an UNDERSTATEMENT, I paced (really fast) back and forth, and went back and forth in my mind with the thoughts of “Should I say something, should I not?!” I didn’t want to bother him because he was with friends/family, and I was also nervous to say something to him because I didn’t know if he was going to be rude ( rude in general and/or “rude” because I interrupted his friends/family/personal time) and I didn’t want to have a bad experience with my teenage crush. However, I also thought to myself, and told my cousins, that God didn’t allow him to walk past me, for him to just ONLY walk past me. One of my cousins told me that she whispered a prayer to God to work it out for me and another cousin took the lead to go over and say something to Jason for me. But before I tell you about our encounter, here is what this experience taught me about God:
-There is no desire of the heart that we can have that is too “big” or “silly” for God to fulfill. God is so sweet and is concerned about what concerns us, that He will move on our whispers and even thoughts. On our way to Topgolf, Jason never crossed my mind. Not even when we passed the Waffle House and his song didn’t rotate in on my playlist. I believe that Jason not coming on my radar was God’s way of blindsiding me, but in a positive way course, and keeping my blessing a surprise.
-Sometimes God will fulfill our heart’s desire when we least expect it, in a way that we know that it had to be Him and only Him that did it. It was too much of a coincidence, for it to only be considered a coincidence that Jason and I would be at the same place, at the same time, for him to walk directly past me, as well as for me to glance up at the right height, and right time.
-Instead of us trying to chase after the desires of our heart in our own strength/make them happen in our own strength, God will orchestrate it for us and will present us with the opportunity. Sometimes an opportunity can be from an idea that God gives us, from a conservation that we have with someone where they give us wisdom, or a course/class offered that meets our need, etc. I didn’t have to “find Jason” as I told my cousins in the family group text message, God presented the opportunity when Jason literally walked past me. The only thing that I had to do when the opportunity presented itself was either decide to go for it or leave it alone.
-My cousins and I were not promoted or pressed to go to Top Golf during the earlier time that we set. Not being prompted or pressed to do something, can be God’s way of telling us not to be pressed or prompted to do it. When it’s meant for us to be pressed or prompted to do something, He’ll give us that inkling or impression to do it. If we had left to go to Topgolf earlier than we did, then I would have missed him. Not only that, when we arrived it took us a few minutes to find a parking spot, we stood in line for a little while, and then we stood in the lobby area to wait for them to let us know when our bay was ready. When God tells us to wait (Consult with God to know when He is saying “wait” and when He is saying “no I have something better”, knowing the difference is not really as tedious as it seems), don’t grow weary in waiting, our wait is not because we’re not deserving of it, but sometimes it could be because our blessing may not be quite ready/developed, and if we don’t wait we will miss our most perfect opportunity. If it had not been for us waiting for our bay area to be ready/if we would have left the lobby area sooner, I would have missed Jason.
-God orchestrates things way before we realize that they are being orchestrated. The way I met Jason may have been orchestrated when my cousins first learned how to play golf years ago when they were little girls. If my cousins were not golf players, us going to Topgolf may not have happened. That’s not to say that if they never were involved in golf, that God would not have answered my heart’s desire, but them being involved in golf was the avenue that He used. With that being said, God will use our gifts and talents to help bring about blessings to others. God was able to use my cousins’ talent and love of golf, as the road that opened up the door for me to meet Jason.
-God will bring you people that will care about your heart’s desire and support you like my cousins did me. One of my cousins originally said in that family group text message that she would help me find him (lol), one prayed to herself when I was pacing back and forth, and the other took the lead to take me over to me him.
Well how did my encounter go:
-When God blesses, He blesses BIG! Meeting Jason was an AWESOME and SWEET experience, and God knew it would be, and that’s why He orchestrated it! Jason, my cousin, and I chatted for about 6 or 7 minutes and took pictures. Jason was such a SWEETHEART. He was humble, personable, and a class act (The writer in me has to put this in categories, lol):
Humble: When my cousin asked him could we take a picture with him, he gladly agreed. One thing that stood out to me the most was that when he and my cousin came over to where I was, I started telling him I was a big fan of his and started naming off his resume’ (lol), he then asked me my name, and formally introduced himself, and told me it was nice to meet me. I thought that was so modest of him to introduce himself because he knew of course that I knew who he was, but wanted to know my name as well.
Personable: I told him that a while back, I made him my MCM on social media, and he asked me did he respond to it and in fact he had responded to it. By the way that he asked me did he respond, I could tell that if I said that he hadn’t responded, that he was going to apologize. Of course he didn’t owe me a response on the post, but the fact that he wanted to make sure that he did, shows his character (as a matter of fact, Jason consistently interacts with his fans/followers, and always states how appreciative he is of their support).
Class Act: When I mentioned the MCM post, He also suggested that when I got ready to post the pictures that we took that night, to tag him and he will follow back. Not only did he keep his word, he went beyond His word. He not only followed me back, but also liked the picture, and commented on it.
-People’s faith can be built up off of seeing our blessings. When I posted the pictures on social media and posted my original written piece on my social media page, some of my friends expressed how inspired they were by me meeting him. Some stated that it showed that God gives us the desires of our hearts and others stated how our words are powerful. My experience was bigger than me, it displays the sweet love that God has for all of us.
So the biggest lesson that I learned from 2017 was to make a habit of confessing/speaking life over what it is that I desire. God will either bring it to pass, bring me something better, or show me a better outlook on the situation.
It’s now 2019 and God is still oh so sweet. He’s a Sweet God, a Smart God, and so much more!!!