Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
I remember when I first read Stephen Baldwin’s book The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith—which is a great read, by the way—I was desperately seeking something that could assist in me in my walk as a new believer. It had been about a year since I had given my life to Christ, and I was so confused on how to live as a Christian and continue being an actor in Hollywood. No one around me could really be of much assistance, because, quite frankly, none of the church members were actors living in Hollywood. It just so happened, though, that my pastor was reading The Unusual Suspect and advised me to get a copy. So, I rushed out to buy my copy and the moment I turned the pages, my heart exploded with great joy because my prayer was answered. I finally found someone who was speaking my language. Have you ever been in a place where you felt like God was ignoring your prayers? Or you felt like He wasn’t on time? Well I have been there way too many times, but finding the book turned out to be the beginning stages of seeing God’s perfect timing.
As I got to about the third or fourth chapter, I looked over to Jose, my husband, whom I was dating at the time, and said that I needed to meet Stephen Baldwin.
Jose was already used to me saying outrageous things and simply replied, “OK. But, how?”
I thought to myself and said, “Well, I have a manager—maybe she has some connections or knows someone who knows someone who knows Stephen.”
So I did the simplest act and sat in front of the computer and emailed my manager, Gina, with a simple question: “Gina, do you know Stephen Baldwin? I really would like to speak with him if it is possible. I look forward to hearing back from you.”
Within the hour, I received a reply from Gina saying she didn’t know him personally, but it just so happened one of his younger brothers (I think Billy Baldwin) was a client in her same agency. So you can imagine at this point I was thinking to myself, I am so close to being able to connect with Stephen. A day later, she sent me an email including Stephen’s email.
I stared at the computer for a while before revealing to Jose that I had just attained Stephen’s email.
I looked over at Jose and said, “Babe, I have his email. What should I do?”
Excitingly, Jose said, “Well, send him a message.”
I was sweating with fear, excitement, anticipation and nervousness while I wrote to Stephen. While writing, I was praying and asking God to bless the email and also to make sure I did not sound like some stalker. I ended the email with a bold question. I wrote, “Stephen, if there is any way possible, I would love to meet with you one day. Look forward to hearing from you soon.”
I believe about two days had passed when I checked my email, and there I saw a reply from the one, the only, Stephen Baldwin. Jose and I both started to scream like little girls (sorry, babe, for this if you get to read the blog). But we could not believe he wrote us back. It wasn’t a very long and extensive reply, but the most important aspect of the email was he agreed to meet with us.
Two weeks later, we took the train to his house and for an entire day, Jose and I spent time with Stephen Baldwin and his family. Stephen was as charismatic, animated, passionate and bold as he is in the spotlight, and he absolutely was head-over-heels in love with God. I needed to see someone who experienced the same things as I did and who was walking a walk of faith. God answered my prayers, and I am forever grateful for the moments we spent with the Baldwin family.
I want you to take a moment and think. Is there something you need to ask for in your life right now where you are? It can be anything, from asking for forgiveness to asking God to help you with your faith. You see, God is not intimidated with your questions or lack of faith; as a matter of fact, He is constantly telling us to ask. So is it us who create these walls of fear of asking? Are you a person of great pride who refuses to ask for help because it might be a sign of weakness? I don’t know about you, but being a mom, I constantly need help with everything, particularly when I am trying to figure out motherhood one step at a time.
I had a need when I asked to meet Stephen Baldwin. God met the need only because I was bold enough to ask.
Don’t be afraid to ask—you just might get an answer.
Always Asking, April