A little over three years ago, I was going through my morning routine. I had my music going and was standing in the mirror, getting my hair together. There was a pause in my music. Someone was calling. When I looked to see who was calling, it showed 'NO CALLER ID.' I smacked my lips and returned to my routine. I said to myself, "I'm not answering that call."
In my experience, when 'NO CALLER ID' shows up on the screen, it is either someone playing on the phone, a telemarketer, some weirdo, or a scammer. My music came back on for a few seconds before being interrupted again. It read again: 'NO CALLED ID.'
I grabbed my phone, hit accept, and irritatingly said, "Yes?"
It was a woman, and she replied, "Is this (insert the name of my nonprofit)?"
"Yes, it is. Who's calling?"
I was not surprised that someone mentioned my organization because I was at the end of my fundraising season and preparing for an event.
The woman on the phone said, "I saw your flyer on Instagram, and I wanted to get more information."
Her name was Alexa, and she was the assistant of a very famous (and wealthy) person.
In my head, I said, "YEAH, RIGHT!" However, the words that came out of my mouth were, "OK. Yes, what would you like to know?"
Alexa went on to ask my name and other questions that were relevant to my upcoming community event. I was skeptical, but my curiosity didn't let me hang up. I believe I let her continue because she wasn't asking me for money or personal information. We finished the call, and Alexa told me that I should expect another call soon.
I was not entirely sold that the woman who called me was this famously rich person's assistant. Why in the world would she call ME?!
Ten minutes later, as I was getting ready to leave, my phone rang again. The same 'NO CALLER ID' flashed on the screen, and I answered quickly.
"Hi! Is this Eureka," the woman asked? Her voice was high-spirited. You could tell that she was smiling.
"Yes, it is. Who's calling?"
"Hi, Eureka! My assistant told me that you didn't sound very convinced of who she was. This is Khloe Kardashian, and I want you to know that what you're doing for your community is super-duper awesome!"
"Khloe Kardashian? Really? Are you serious? Is someone playing with me this morning?"
I listened to the voice closely. Khloe asked me questions about how long I'd been doing the event and my inspiration for starting it. She explained to me that she somehow saw my flyer on Instagram and that she wanted to donate. She told me to expect an email from her assistant within the week to discuss further and where to send the donation.
I got the email within a week. Alexa & I spoke several times after this, and I received the donation two weeks later. It really was Khloe Kardashian!
What if I had allowed fear and unfamiliarity to keep me from accepting the call? What if my urge to decline had won?
I would have missed the favor, blessings, connections, and more.
Isn't this how some of us get when it comes to answering what God has called us to do? Something inside of us tells us to ACCEPT it and ANSWER the CALL, but we get fearful. We fear what may be on the other side. We are fearful of what will, can, or cannot happen. We get irritated because of what happened the last time we answered a call. These concerns are distractions and keep us stuck.
The enemy knows that you become your most powerful and free when you answer the call that God has on your life. He knows that favor and blessings are attached to the will of God.
YOU are a blessing on the other side of fear, anxiety, and what may be said by others.
Influencer, I have a few questions for you:
Have you allowed fear to keep you in the comfort zone?
What is not being done because you haven't stepped up?
Who is not being delivered or set free because you're afraid of what others may think?
What vision can you accomplish by getting in your place?
Don't decline the call. Trust that God ordains the call. ACCEPT IT!
About Eureka L Ice
Eureka Ice, whose name literally means “I’ve found it!” is a multi-faceted, forward-thinking, straight shooting creative who lives by the belief that the shortest distance between any two things is a straight line.
Having overcome the challenges of teen motherhood, environmental, socioeconomic and generational barriers, she has learned that if she was to be who God called her to be, she would have to blaze her own trail to godly success. Eureka believes that we’re not all just products of our environment, but our choices.
As a speaker, writer, educator, multi-genre author, mentor, and coach she is never afraid to push past the norm while throwing in a mix of humor and fun with godly wisdom.
She has a gift and passion for identifying gifts and talents in others and helping them to be their best selves. She holds quarterly and annual events geared toward personal development.