I never told anyone this, comes with the crux of being in the spotlight. You have to be careful what you share because of who might read it or hear it. But at the beginning of November 2017, I was robbed. I had a $1300.00 device stolen from me. Right out of my hand.
I’m not going to go into how it was stolen because that’s not what’s important about this story, nor do I want to interfere with a pending investigation. Plus what’s important is what emotionally happened next.
This happened right before I had to take center stage and direct one of the most ambitious projects ever. “The Sounds From Outer Space” Video.
I met with Karina that night and we planned the last finishing touches for the shoot that evening. She wasn't even through the door before I broke the news to her. Wasn't sure how productive I was going to be that night.
That money was an investment into future holiday plans and now it was gone. Not to mention I can’t even crawl in my bed and sleep for weeks to mask the pain of the loss. I have to get up the next day at 5:30 a.m. and put on a show.
This is my life guys, I’m not asking for sympathy, I’m just saying I get far less time to process hardships than the normal person due to my responsibilities.
That night I told Bryana as well and that was where the conversation needed to stop. I had spent my mere couple hours processing the loss then I came to the conclusion that if I’m to go on, I can’t carry this heartache with me. It will be unproductive, the ripple effect will cause more damage to things unrelated to the event making the aftermath far worse than it already was. So I had to set it aside and put my energy into my faith that God had a plan and what the devil meant for evil, God meant it for good.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? - Matthew 6:25
I went to the police station filed a report. I called my insurance company for my venture card. Who said the purchase could possibly be covered. The first glimmer of hope set in.
That was until 3 weeks went by and the insurance company denied the claim due to company policies. It was then that I realized I was truly out that $1300.00.
WHAT TO DO NOW? Hope a distant memory.
I made a decision in that moment, that person may have stolen that device, but he won’t steal my happiness. I pressed even harder into my faith to have peace with what happened, to continue to move forward even when I could not see. I set out to work even harder so we could continue with our plans for the holiday season. I focused my attention on positivity and continuing to do good for others. I payed attention to the things that mattered most and any negative temptations that came my way I gave them to God. And when I felt despair, I told God now is the time I need you most.
I knew he was using this pain for my good. If you only knew how many storms I’ve been brought though. So even when the walk seemed long, I knew His hands would hold me together, because his love is with me forever. One step in front of the other no looking back. I would make up for what I lacked.
The encouragement from giving any depression and anxiety to him relieved the stress and allowed me to press on.
Fast forward to last week. (Early December 2017)
By now I had rebuilt the financial loss of that device. Unknowingly the blessings of God poured in opportunity after opportunity. The device had practically become a distance memory.
Till I received a phone call...
My wife called me saying she had received a phone call about a supposed device that was registered in Her name. This being the second call in two weeks she had received. My heart dropped instantly I knew this was the device. I had it registered in her name when I purchased it, which is why they called her. I told her call them back with me on the line.
I called the police!
I asked for advice, to ensure I wouldn’t be doing something dangerous. They advised me to meet with the person and see if they would return the device to me.
Before Bryana could call the guy, he called her back, while we were on the phone. We merged the calls, everyone was on the line. The guy was the owner of a computer store in Westwood and had expressed He had no idea the device was stolen. He told me to come to the store with the police report.
I raced to Westwood. Parked and ran into the store. There for the first time in nearly a month I saw the device that I thought was lost to me forever. I told the store owner everything that had happened to me. He was just as shocked as I was, what happened to me a month ago was now happening to him as His establishment was out that money.
The guy who stole the device from me, sold the device to a kid at UCLA. The kid from UCLA sold the device to the computer store in Westwood. Because it was sealed in it's original wrapping, that computer store sold the device on eBay, the person who bought the device on eBay, returned the device because when they opened it, it said it was registered to someone already. The store got the returned device back, now opened and having the registered information called Bryana.
The man who stole the device from me, his name is Bashir Prister, this is his Facebook and his phone number He was using was 1-973-951-8190. His License Plate Number is 4MFF409. If you have any information on this person, please report him to your local law enforcement.
The store owner said, do you know how much trouble we are in. We purchased this device because it was SEALED and not knowing it was stolen. We are now out that money. But I believe you, this is yours, and He handed it back to me. He said, I will recoup my loss, I’m happy that I could find you and give this back to you. His final words were...
Honesty is expensive these days, but I choose to be honest!
That Man was "Sevada" from Group Micro. Feel free to leave his company a review on Yelp after reading this story. I'd appreciate that!
I left the store, device in hand. TELL ME THAT'S NOT INCREDIBLE. I was shocked and literally so moved because I have never seen something that incredible.
I'm telling you this testimony because do you ever think when you're all alone that there isn't someone looking out for you?
God is always working, even when you don't understand why these things are happening to you. The moment you worry you tie His hands. This is living proof. This is the power of Faith. If you have Faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains. I trusted in God's plan for my life. Although this happened I knew darkness could not drive out darkness, only light could do that. I knew if I wanted to be good, I had to do good. If I wanted to be better, I had to do better. I could not loose faith and fall into despair. I had to trust in Him, that He was working on me and strengthening me for what He had in store and what He still has in store. I came out the other end stronger. I worked harder, I didn't live my life in fear, I still trusted people and continued to LIVE OUT LOUD! I smiled and I continued to share all my blessings. I decided to focus on the positives and let the negatives fall away. I prayed a little harder and enjoy some laughter.
The take away from this FOR ME is FAITH is a powerful thing and if you have faith. If you have hope, positivity and don’t worry and let God work. He will work all things together for your good. And that’s what He did.
What was one of the most traumatic experiences this year for me, turned out to be the most beautiful testimony I have ever had.
I wanted to tell this story because I want to encourage you, in a time were everyone is loosing so much, stay steadfast, good is on it's way. It will come back to you 10 fold! Just hang in there a bit longer and love a little bigger.
Hope you have a blessed night.