Smiles. So it happened that on a particular day, I had thoughts, that was intended as a trap to my mind by the deceiver of all times (the devil). I was not where I had planned or figured I would be but then I was where He (God) needed me be. Funny as it seems now, I believed all the discouraging words, I felt I had lost all iota of hope to try and do anything again.
But then, the way the mood changed within some minutes interval was really surprising. I was at some point earlier with teary eyes as I couldn’t help but say aloud – God helps me!. It was not a nice feeling at all within me. But then somewhere deep within, I knew He was still in charge and in care despite it all. But then I was still aching badly.
The miracle that birthed my sharing this is that some minutes after the teary episode, I was reflecting on the evolving stages of my life, as I was sorting and looking through my old pictures (from childhood to the recent ones) in my phone gallery. I couldn’t help but dance to the song that was playing on my phone – Victory by Eben. I got on my feet from the couch and was dancing. I totally forgot there was something that happened that made me cry in the first place. 🙈
And to crown it all. I felt in charge. I am sure if I was to set my eyes on the devil physically at that time, he would be wailing and biting his fingers if he had any. Because yeah, I was back. 🙋 I was no longer on the moping mode. I was excited for the next day which happened to be my birthday – celebrating another graced new year.
The reality is that when we ask God – “God take charge and be in the care of my life” and all. Be ready for some drastic changes. Oh my my, it is never always an easy one physically speaking but over time, when we look at the process that has birthed our glimmering and blessed selves. We rejoice. Reminds me of the song – Glimmer in the dust by Hillsong (A friend shared it with me, earlier on, when this phase started for me) 🙌
So the blow you might have been dealt may differ from mine. But then, we have the same God, who is high and mighty. Precedent and all-encompassing in love and great care for our lives.
The relief comes when we choose to take our stand and believe that He is still there no matter what had happened. Pretty tough I can tell from experience but you can if you search within than out!. ❤
We will keep standing and being victorious in Christ Jesus (My dear big bro 🙇). The reality is that the devil always wants to take advantage of the situations that seem like a disappointment and drag us to our knees in surrender to his folly. As he rightly knows that he has been ridiculed, made a public show of and dragged to its shame, by the price Christ paid for us all on the cross of Calvary (Colossians 2:15; AMP) and absolutely finished for him (Colossians 2:15; MSG). Yes, He paid the price and that price licensed us (each one of us having accepted Jesus as our Lord and Saviour) to sit beside the right-hand side of our God in the heavenly places. And because the devil knows the reality of this means a total doom to him and his cohort, He is constantly seeking to bring us down and waging war.
Do read this:
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack–rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.] After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]. To Him be dominion (power, authority, sovereignty) forever and ever. Amen.
1 PETER 5:8-11 (AMP)
So then a dear friend just as we have read above to encourage ourselves, you and I won’t give in. Yes, it is hurtful; yes it is painful; yes it seems all hope was dashed; yes it seems as though God is silent about it; yes it seems why would He have given me a “go ahead with it” when He knew this would be the result. But then, despite all of these, the majesty of God in us remains ever true and forever real regardless of how much hurts, ache, and disappointment we feel right now.
My prayer for you and I is – We would never lose sight of the Glory that lies ahead in it all; and that we would continue to choose God over and over again no matter how much we ache through the process. 🙏
When the process gets tough remember the Gold’s melting and refining process. Whenever it gets all heated up and hard on you, remember the mallet of the goldsmith on the melted gold ready to make it into a desirable asset for the elected and noble ones.
The process ain’t always easy (Nay! 😑); but definitely worthwhile. Trust me!
Do take this prayer with me:
Oh God, may my heart always choose you and may all; everything bring us to our knees in surrender to you always at the throne of mercy – acknowledging that we can’t do it all alone without your presence. Amen.
“Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]”.
HEBREWS 4:16 (AMP)
Yay!. Do have a glorious time ahead folks. 💃
P.S: This was actually written a day to my birthday. If you know it already 😘 and if not, it’s March 7th (thank me later for the reveal) 😅😂