By Lesli Nolen
Published April 2013
You know when you are watching a TV show and at the end they say, “Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode?” Well I was thinking I wish God would give me glimpses into my next week like they do on TV; then after a little more thought, I don’t think that would be such a good idea after all. If I knew what was going to happen, I would probably end up trying to change it or tweak it in some way, thinking I know what’s best. Then everything would get all messed up and nothing would turn out the way it’s supposed to be.
If I was given small glimpses into the next week’s episode of my life eight years ago I would have definitely been trying to channel or rewrite the episode. But now as I look back the script was written for a reason and I’m blessed because of it.
Through the years I have discovered that life is more like a puzzle than a TV show. When you start putting a puzzle together you start with the edge pieces and then move to the inside. Eventually you begin to see how everything fit together perfectly. The same goes for our life. In the beginning when we’re working on the edges we can’t always see how all the pieces are going to fit together. We just have to keep trying them and see what fits.
I think the puzzle I’m working on now all started when I was a student as ASU. It was there my government teacher approached me and asked if I would be interested in working for her. She needed help in her office and after some discussion I accepted the job. A year later, my position was no longer available, which in turn led me to the job at Ranch Magazine.
I began selling advertising, meeting new people, going to shows and events, distributing the magazine and learning all that I could. I had great co-workers and began building new friendships.
In my time at Ranch there have been many faces come and go, but they all touched my life in one way or another. One of the first ad coordinators I worked with is still a good friend of mine. She moved shortly after I started but that didn’t demise the friendship we started. A couple of weeks ago she came back to town for a visit and we had a great time catching up.
Another person to come through the doors of Ranch turned out to be my best friend; I didn’t see that one coming. We hit it off right away and became instant friends. The more we talked the more we discovered how similar our lives were. It was almost scary!
Then there’s the constant one. He has been my editor, my tutor, my helper and my friend. He and his family has become my family through the years.
I have had the privilege of knowing him and his family for about seven years now. In between some of the faces at Ranch we were the only two there. There were times I didn’t know how we were going to get the magazines done, but we did.
Through those years I met his mother. At deadline especially, she would always call and what to know if we had had lunch yet? She wanted to make sure we were eating! She would always offer to have lunch delivered to us and most of the time we took her up on it. Wednesday’s were my favorite: King Ranch chicken from Mr. T’s Deli.
She was a life saver for me on numerous accounts. She became my friend and my prayer warrior. I loved knowing she would stop what she was doing and pray for whatever I needed. Her faith was an inspiration. Two months ago she became sick and she passed away. I was so thankful I was able to be with her during that time. We talked, we laughed and we prayed.
I could have never foreseen all the blessings I was going to receive when I started working at Ranch Magazine over six years ago. I have made friends and have met some incredibly wonderful people. My puzzle of this part of my life is a work in progress; I’m still trying to fit all the pieces together.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
In loving memory of Helen Ann Jacobs Cutrer.