Is This Really A Beautiful Journey?
Well here we go again!
In the past three years I write on my blog – then stop.
Then I start to write again – and stop.
Today is no different. It’s been several months since I have written on this blog.
Why did I stop?
Because life gets in the way sometimes. Life gets hard sometimes.
Sometimes I look around and think it’s all a lie. God isn’t real. If He is real, He doesn’t really love me.
1 Peter 4:12 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
Why do we allow these trials to take us off the path God has for us?
I believe a lot has to do with our unbelief. We start a journey that we think God is blessing but when we hit a bump in the road, we’re amazed and our conflict and simply walk away. We know from studying Scripture we will face battles as we walk in faith, but we continually lose battles because we forget God’s promises for us.
Nehemiah is a wonderful example of starting a journey with God without giving up – despite opposition. Nehemiah’s goal was to rebuild the wall. Why was Nehemiah able to withstand in the battle?
First, Nehemiah fasted and prayed before God. (Nehemiah 1:4)
An idea did not simply pop into Nehemiah’s head one day and then he dove headfirst relying on his flesh.
No. He fasted and prayed before God. When we spend quality time with God in every area of our lives, the battles are easier because we know God is with us.
Then Nehemiah went through the proper protocol after praying. (Nehemiah 2)
I read a book a while ago about what it means to be a Christian. The author said, sometimes as Christians we think things are supposed to simply happen for us, because we are Christians. As if we don’t have to go through some of the same channels as everyone else. In some respects we won’t face some of the same type of issues someone else might face, through relying on Godly wisdom, however, it’s silly to think because we are Christians we don’t have to work hard, dig deep, and fight for God’s kingdom.
Even though Nehemiah had God’s blessing to rebuild the wall, Nehemiah still had to go to the king to request permission to travel to Judah to rebuild the wall.
We sometimes quit if our journey isn’t an easy one or if we have to go through the same tunnel as the next person.
Nehemiah 4:15” Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads.”
Another reason Nehemiah was victorious was because he was focused. He was on a mission. When the trouble came he simply prayed to God and continued on his journey trusting God!
When trouble comes do you trust God or Satan?
Speaking for myself, I have falling prey to trusting Satan far too many times. When you hear a lie long enough you start to believe it.
I’ve heard the lies of Satan my entire life. I can think as far back to a girl and bullied for being the only black girl in my class. I remember moving so many times as a child feeling lonely every time I had to make new friends at school. I can recall trying out for the band and being the only student who didn’t make it. I can recall running track in high school and being the slowest person on the team. I can recall my first job at a fast-food restaurant and being told by my manager I wasn’t as fast as everyone else.
I can keep going…
The problem is, we camp out in our failures. Yes these situations really happened to me. But do I celebrate the many victories in my life just as much?
How about the dance contest I won when I was eight? Would you believe I was the tether ball queen for two years at our community center when I was a child? I had compassion for the homeless at a very early age. In my mid-twenties I had an office job and the company adored me. I love to serve my community. And most importantly I share Jesus Christ with others as often as possible.
When we hit bumps on our journey we allow the lies to rise up and we forget who we are in Christ.
Proverbs 24:16 “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”
Yes, I am at it again. The bumps have come. They will continue to come. I might stop writing again – for a while. What I know deep within my soul is I love to write God’s Word, and though I might fall again, I will continue this journey with God.
This journey is a beautiful journey because He is always near to pick me back up.
What about you? How would you rate your journey?