For me, it has been an empowering, thought-provoking and transformative week.
Milestone events eluded me to meditate not only on the things surrounding the past few days, but where I am in time.
Have you ever been there?
The place where you are drawn to reflect on the realities of your life prompted by recent affairs or events that caused you to examine experiences that led you to this very moment in time?
Now, I’m not about to get all philosophical on you. Especially not on a Friday.
However, during my 3 a.m. devotional period today, God challenged me, as he often does. But this challenge forced me to deal with thoughts and feelings that I had not expressed to him.
This is how God works. Because he is all-knowing, he knows our silent concerns and nudges us to acknowledge them by confessing them to him.
Back to my week…
It has been productive from my perspective and I was thanking God for allowing it to be great week. Yet, as I analyzed the successes there was a void that I was feeling. A void so strong that it almost undermined my accomplishments.
Have you ever been here?
A place where it seems like or you are certain you are on your right path, the one purposed for you, and there are steps that appear to be pulling you in other directions? You know you are working to do your part to leave your trailblazing mark in life, but there are other issues that are weighing on you that are at the bark of discouraging you from making any contribution to the world at all.
Have you ever had one of those “Is it even worth it” moments?
As I stand back and zoom in on what is really going on in our world and society right now, it is discouraging and can become depressing.
Values are quickly decaying.
Respect for life is depleting.
Love for one another is deteriorating.
Our world has seen much devastation and difficult times. But in those times there was always the hope for a better future. And the majority knew that they were a part of the process to a solution.
When hope is absent is when one starts to look at life differently.
Despite the current state of local and world affairs, I remain hopeful. Truth is I am disappointed and sometimes even discouraged. Sometimes it feels as though I am the only one that sees and comprehends what is going on with our world systems, and more so, within the Kingdom of God.
But I know that I’m not the only one.
Up unto this point of my life, I have experienced and learned much:
I have dealt with misunderstandings and offenses.
I have dealt with brokenness and pain.
I have dealt with loss and grief.
I have dealt with feelings of depression and defeat.
I have dealt with loneliness and lowliness.
I have dealt with foes and backstabbers.
I have dealt with attacks and hidden agendas.
These things have been consistent. But there has also been another constant at work in my life:
Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword? Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39, AMP
Simply put, God’s LOVE is Binding. It is the anchor that keeps us going. His fervent love makes us victorious every day in every situation. His love makes our purpose worth the journey. When you are moved or compelled by nothing else, be encouraged by God’s LOVE. For within, is Hope for the better!