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Moving on

By January 31st, 2015Uncategorized11 min read
It’s the last day of January. Can
you imagine this? I mean… already? Where did the time go? Seems like it was
just a couple of weeks ago we were giving each other Hi-Fives and hugs to usher the New Year in. Many of us were
just getting used to writing 2015 on our docs/cheques and now we also have to
deal with changing the 1 to 2 as we write our dates. Hmmm! I feel like I might
as well go ahead and wish you a ‘Merry Christmas’ this morning sis, because
with a certainty we will be in Christmas mode sooner than we realize. Feel I’m
stretching it a bit sis? Well, maybe but not really. At least not for me! As I look
at the reality of my having to be away for half of February, 10 days in March, two
weeks in June, three weeks in August, a week in October and ten days in
November… well all I can say is, Christmas isn’t as far for me as it ought to
be. That said, I give all glory to God Who has created the opportunities and
responsibilities that require me to be away so much in this year; Who provides
the resources I need to be alive to my responsibilities and assignments; Who
grants and will continue to grant me safe passage; Who preserves my family in
my absence; and Who grants me the good health and sustained mental agility that
I need to be successful through this all.
Set to begin my quiet time this
morning, I had a sudden overwhelming surge of emotions as I wrote the date in
my journal. It was so strong that I sat back a bit to reflect on why this would
be so. I realized that I felt a weight of sadness on one hand, and a weight of
relief on the other. Why? Well as I thought about the answer for myself, I understood
that indeed I had every reason to feel sad. You see, January has been quite a
trying month for me, particularly emotionally, and though I kinda ‘got my groove
back’ in the last week, I am in that sense very glad the month is over. I was
sad because it felt like such a waste of time to have spent the beginning of
the year embroiled in things that ultimately appeared to have added no value to
anyone; to have wasted precious time wallowing in the midst of an emotional
roller-coaster, zeroing in on myself and on the challenges rather than keeping
my focus on God… and understandably then losing my peace. Yes sis, I forgot to
practice what I know and preach…for a while I surely did, and this morning was
a sad reminder of the fact that God had told me clearly at the beginning of this
year to plug in to Him like never before, so that I would not be overtaken by
the distractions the enemy would try to send my way.
At this point I would have
happily organized a week long pity-party for myself sis, but the Holy Spirit
was having none of that and He very quickly asked me to analyze the sense of
relief I had, which was clearly different from the sadness. The devil is so
cunning isn’t he? This is exactly what I wrote about in my last post of 2014 and
he was trying to steal that from me. Thank You Lord, for once again
disappointing the devices of the crafty! 
So where was I? Yes, as I reflected, I
realized that my relief was borne out of the fact that all things above said and
done, January was an excellent month for me. In January, both my boys flew
safely back to Canada and are progressing well in their school; I started to
write again more consistently; I started and completed a particular fast (a difficult
achievement for more reasons than one); I reestablished consistently with my
quiet and prayer times; I went on an excellent training which situations around
me almost deterred me from; I started exercising again consistently; and I lost
3kg (6lbs)… woo hoooo! Even on the business side of things, there were a whole
new set of challenges in January, but we have survived and thrived and also
ended up signing a major agreement which we had been prospecting for way too
long to mention now. Yes sis, it has been a busy month, it has been a
challenging month… but in the midst of every challenge, there have been significant
victories and my relief is that by the grace and mercies of God, I have made it
through with my perspectives in the right place. Thank you Lord!
This brings me to what I believe
is the core message I have for you today sis. Life is passing us by, at least
on this side of eternity. We do not have all the time in the word to sit and to
dwell on anything that does not move us forward into Kingdom position and
purpose. You and I know that life comes with a myriad of challenges. Hey, many
of us are right in the middle of more than one challenge or the other today,
weighty ones too. This is our reality. Life is not a bed of roses as the cliché
goes, and how apt that cliché is. One thing that is clear though, is that those
who will truly win on this side of the divide are those who are in Christ; but
more importantly, it is those who are in Christ and who allow truly Him
overtake their thinking and perspectives, their choices and actions; those who
are intentional about seeing His hand of blessing and grace upon their lives NO
I believe it is important for us
to stay close to the Lord and be assured that even when life pushes at us,
somewhere deep down inside we are able to keep Christ as our anchor – this
being the one way we will not be swept away with the tide; this being the only
way we will be able to look up after the storm has passed and see that even in
the midst of it, He was our stay. I believe it is important that we are able to
spend time in personal reflection and ask the Lord, as I am doing now, what He
would have me do with the learning’s I took from the challenges I faced in January.
Yes, my flesh may think time was wasted, but my spirit knows better that out of
the challenges I faced… even where I didn’t handle them as well as I should or
could have, I built some physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual
muscles for my next levels. My prayer now is that the Lord will help me discern
where those muscles were developed so that as I move on into the rest of the
year, I will be able to flex them when and where needed – for myself, or for
someone else that the Lord will position along my path for this very reason.
So sis, if like me you have had a
tough start to the year… chin up! And if you haven’t, take the learning anyway
for you will need it somewhere along the line as the year progresses. Realize that
God does not intend for us to dwell continuously around one mountain. We must
and will eventually move on, and when we do we must adopt the right perspective
about the mountain. We must see it as a growth phase, and we must be able to
see the blessing even for the time we contended with the mountain. We must
realize that ultimately, the sum total of our experiences is for the benefit of
our future, and for the lives and futures of others known or as yet unknown. We
cannot fulfill God’s mandate on our lives to be a blessing if we are not fully
equipped sis. And nobody promised that the equipping would be easy.
So here I am on the 31st
day of January 2015 able to say to you that I am stronger at the end of the
month because of my weaknesses in the course of the month, and because of He
Whose strength was magnified in my place of weakness. When I called, He
answered and when I fully submitted, He resolved everything and gave me His peace.
When I reminded myself that I was a daughter of the King, He smiled and
embraced me even tighter. When I finally let go, He reminded me that He had
always been in control. He reminded me that He had called me to be a gatekeeper
and that meant that I would have to be discerning about which battles were worth
fighting. Yes, He chastised me, but He also showed me the bottle… the bottle in
which He had lovingly collected the tears of my trials, and He reminded me of
His word concerning my tears…and as He reminded me, I smiled. Then He asked me
to enter fully back into His rest and to move on, trusting that as always He
would work all things out for my good because I love Him and because I am
called after His name. Without hesitation, I ran into His embrace sis. No
better place to be, that’s for sure! I’m back fully into His rest, a big smile
on my face and in my heart, fully expectant for the next months of my due
season year.
Sis, hear the Lord speak those same
words to you today. Examine your heart, your situation and circumstances, and
purpose to leave it all to Him and move on. Somehow I can’t say much more than
this. Leave it to Jesus and move on sis! Move on in love, move on in
forgiveness; move on regardless of the frustrations, the hurts and the disappointments.
Move on in absolute trust that God is on the throne and He has got you fully
covered. You will never look back and not be able to see that He was with you
through it all sis. Know this and believe this with all your heart!
For once, I am not sure what I have
said or not said today, but I sense in my spirit that this has ministered to
you exactly the way the Lord purposed it to. My prayer is that He will help you
to know and discern that which He has purposed for you to know and discern sis.
And as always that He will help you, as He is surely helping me.
Be blessed sis…. for you surely

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