Often times we go through tunnels and run track races in life with many hurdles but these hurdles are thrown into our race with many unexpected areas of our race. At those very moments we go into hiding and deal with our loss, defeats and setbacks within those same tunnels we are “passing through”.
The unexpected hurdles and dark tunnels are seemingly never ending and is a distraction from what we are being prepared for and approaching in our future. It’s more realistic to be in a dark place and only see darkness ahead. I was always taught to allow faith to be our flashlight and let our races be our practice for an expected win.
We cannot live our lives only expecting what we see at our times of defeat. Simply accepting the defeat and acknowledging a better outcome and result is how we become a magnetic force in our lives. Claiming our victory through our times of calamity and warfare is practicing our celebrations. You can’t set your mind up to become better if you can’t think better.
Step out of your darkness by simply walking to a light that is not visible and jumping hurdles with protective gear on, equipped with strategies of jumping higher and running faster to get to the finish line. Step out of your darkness with gratitude knowing that you’ve become a well seasoned competitor and a wise fighter through the darkest of nights and let that be a reminder that if you face another race or pass through another tunnel that you are equipped to make a grand entrance and eventually a grand finale.
In the bible prior to Jesus being crucified sacrificing was a ritual to be done for the Lord. People would either sacrifice for cleansing/forgiveness or to hear from God. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice but sacrificing is still being done to get a word from God or for certain things that we need to rid ourselves from. This sacrifice is called fasting. When we fast we are sacrificing self and things that we normally do to show that we are willing to strip ourselves of the things we love or like in order to be closer to God. While we fast we pray and have faith that the Lord is accepting of our sacrifice. Let us take the time to take a closer walk in life with God by fasting and praying for everything that might be bothering you, closeness, love, peace and so many things that we all need to work on in order to live a Christ like life.
In my line of work I am around patient’s that are fighting for their lives every day. We treat diseases with the hope that the outcome will be successful but that’s not the case all time. The strength of the patients can be so encouraging to me. I pity my life from time to time and when I pull myself into work I start to see things in a different light. My problems become minute because it could be worse. Then I look at my actions such as my frowning and sadness and I’m disgusted on how I am handling the issues in my life.
Many of the patient’s come in smiling, hopeful, joking and encouraging though they are in pain, hurting and facing different symptoms. The idea of being happy no matter what with a positive attitude makes me aware that I have to work on my gratitude to the Lord.
The Lord has provided me with the required necessities of life. Though I might not be at the level of some I am still not facing other trials that could have me completely incapable or disabled and even worse counting my days.
Learning to be grateful for the things we have and honoring God by thanking him for his mercy, grace and willingness to provide for us is what one should practice. We need to work on shaking off the negativity in each situation and speaking greatness and positivity into our lives. Be thankful for life, our children, our family, food, the ability to walk, talk, hear etc. We can find so many things to thank the Lord for; so the next time you feel that woe is me attitude quickly replace it with thankfulness and remain uplifted having faith that “this too shall pass”.
Lately I’ve been going through a number of trials so I started to reflect on Gods messages during these trials. “Draw nigh unto God and he will draw nigh unto you” & “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” and what better way to draw close to God and delight myself in him but to simply “praise” him.
Praise in the time of trouble is the ultimate faith. What we are saying is we love the Lord no matter what and we trust him therefore we will praise him. In the bible praise wasnt always associated with a blessing that occurred it was also tied to harsh times for some saints as well. Job praised the Lord even in his trials, he found a way to thank the Lord. Paul and Silas praised the Lord in the cell and the cell door swung open. Praise is a form of mending your trials, healing your body, claiming victory, initiating a break through. Our praise is an upliftment of God and us declaring his power within the trials. Its taking action and being happy within the misery in order to claim the victory.
So now when I get up in the morning I praise God and when I get home I praise him. I simply put on my music and sing and praise him though all around me has closed in on me and I know that one day my door will open just like it did for Paul and Silas.
I sat down this weekend with my son, who is 5 and read the story of Moses. While listening to the narrator tell the story one thing that stood out is God told Moses “trust me”. Maybe because at the end of everypage it was repeated but it was a powerful message. Before Moses went to pharaoh he would question God “well what if…” and God would always tell him trust me, for I am with you. Something this goes on in our day to day life when things seem almost impossible we create excuses for God’s plan. Jonah didn’t listen to Gods voice and he wound up in the belly of the whale.
This too is our lesson that when we side with doubt or merely not listen to God we will end up in a place of regret. If God is the ” greater” that is within us which is greater than he that is within this world why do we make excuses. Excuses are the enemies tactics to put fear and doubt when all we need to do is simply have faith and realize that no matter how bad the situation is, no matter how broken you feel you are, no matter how sick one might him.God can restore, mend and heal because greater is he and all we need to do is “TRUST” him.
Being an adult doesn’t always mean we have the answers to everything and there are many things we learn and even through our children. God can speak to us through anyone and what better way to show us ourselves and initiate growth by using our kids. Our kids tend to be a lesson in how to love and how to communicate and even maturity. There are times my son speaks and I admire him and he teaches me different things . I see the power of God through my children and I am more grateful for their strength because they make me stronger in the hardships of life. If you instill the Lord and his words into their lives you can expect that child to lead you to some of your answers. They are the example and a reflection of ourselves, a mirror of us and as we teach them the path in which to walk they will have some incite on the path we need to take. Pay attention to your kids because they in fact have something to teach you by our creator.
“train up a child in the way he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6