THE VIRTUE OF WAITING

I know i speak with authority when i say that 99% of the people in the world are not patient. If you doubt this, just look at how we behave in traffic jams, in queues at banks or supermarkets. We often get frustrated waiting and we are always in a rush to get to the next place or the next thing. It is human nature and we are always trying to justify it.

Waiting is even harder when we want to hear news about something or when we pray about something and want an answer very quickly. In such instances, our patience can be stretched and we start to question God and his ways. We wonder whether God is asleep or away on some vacation.

When  we pray long and hard about a situation we are facing without receiving any answers, we usually decide to just learn to live with it. We go on about our business, wondering if or when God will send the answer. But God does hear those prayers, and He’s working out the answers even though we may not know all the details. Our situation can change suddenly and in a twink of an eye.

However, God wants us to learn that while he is working out the finer details of our situation, we are also trusting that he is doing what is best for us and we are WAITING patiently. In the Bible, we read about the story of Mary and Martha while they are waiting on Jesus to come and heal their brother, Lazarus. When Jesus finally shows up, he was accused of taking too long and only turning up when Lazarus had been buried! They forgot that as King  of Kings and Lord of Lords, he had the capacity to do anything at any time and in any place.

Waiting on God was one of David’s secrets of being a man after God’s own heart. David went in and sat before the Lord (2 Sam. 7:18). God was his confidence, and he trusted Him in every aspect of his life: for guidance and instruction (Ps. 25:5), for help and defense (Ps. 33:20), for victory over his enemies and vindication (Ps. 37:7,9,34; 52:9), for deliverance from trouble and destruction (Ps. 40:1, 59:9), for His refuge from treachery and oppression (Ps. 62:1,5), for His forgiving love (Ps. 130:5-6), and much more. 

I once read this passage somewhere and i hope it makes sense to you as much as it did for me.

“Nothing tries our faith like waiting on God for answers to prayer. Waiting tests our submission to Him as our trustworthy Authority. Waiting is not necessarily resignation from all activity; it is submission to God’s better idea. Waiting on God means that all of our life is brought under God’s umbrella of authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, we will be painfully chastened by turmoil, exhaustion, and failure. Taking matters in our own hands has ample instructive precedent in God’s Word. Think of Abraham with Ishmael, Saul’s usurping the role of a priest, Israel looking to Egypt for help (Isa. 30:1-3), or walking in the light of our own fire (Isa. 50:11.)”

That sums up what waiting is all about! 

Waiting reveals our character! I have always confessed that I am not good at waiting. In fact i can get quite impatient if things are not moving at the pace i want them to be! With time, i have learnt a bit of patience; i am not yet there but i am on my journey. Waiting reveals a lot about our character as people and also about our motives. I have realized that every time I have a good motive for wanting something so bad, I am willing to wait for it regardless of how long it takes. But if its just something i want in the heat of the moment, i usually just give up. And that is how many of us are.

Waiting builds our dependency on God. The thing about waiting is that you finally get the point that you do not run your own life and you are not the master of your own destiny. You realize and admit that you actually need help in everything you do. You realize that without God’s intervention, you are absolutely nothing!!!!! That point of realization is always an eye-opener! Once you get to that point, you realize that if God doesn’t come through for you, you are finished! And you become fully dependent on GOD!! How sweet it is to trust in Jesus!

Therefore as Christians and even those that may not be Christians, we need to understand that God’s answer to every thing is either, “yes”, “NO” or “Wait” Do not misinterpret his “WAIT” for “NO” You must learn to wait and wait with a smile on your face.

To sum it up all, i found this useful passage on a certain website i cannot recall and it says”

How Do We Wait?

  • Prayerfully  Psalm 25:4-5 

  • With strength and courage  Psalm 27:14, 31:24

  • Rejoicing and trusting in His holy name  Psalm 33:21

  • Based on the fear of the Lord and His unfailing love Psalm 33:18,22

  • With hope  Psalm 33:20, 39:7

  • Patiently  Psalm 37:7, 40:1; Habakkuk 3:16, Romans 8:25, Hebrews 6:15

  • Obediently  Psalm 37:34, 119:166; Isaiah 26:8-9

  • Desiring Him  Isaiah 26:8-9 

  • Single-mindedly Psalm 62:5 

  • Expectantly  Psalm 123:2, Micah 7:7

  • Believing His Word  Psalm 130:5

  • Assured He is all we need, He is our portion  Lamentations 3:24

  • Quietly  Lamentations 3:26

  • Always  Hosea 12:6

  • In anticipation of joy  John 3:29

  • Eagerly  Romans 8:19,23

 
 
 
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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Father’s day was yesterday and unlike mother’s day, this day usually goes by without much hullabaloo. And i am not shocked as to why the world chooses to let it go by without much of an acknowledgement.

We have grown up in a generation of men who do not understand what being a father entails. Many of us do not have any good memories of our fathers. Men today detest responsibility. They do not want to be bothered with children and they hate the idea of having a whole family to take care of.

But in the midst of the bad tomatoes, i cant help but be thankful to fathers like mine. A father who wakes every morning to hustle so that his family will never lack. A father who loves his children unconditionally. A father who is exemplary and strives to show his children the right path. A father who seeks God with all his heart. A father who loves his wife in all seasons and models the perfect husband that Christ intended him to be. A father who wakes up in the night to soothe a crying baby so that his wife can have some rest. A father who never forgets to fall in love everyday with the same woman. A father who disciplines his children in love. A father who is present at all his children’s milestones in life.

To all such men, we celebrate you and want to say “Happy Father’s Day.”

But in a special way, i want to wish my own dad a great father’s day.

Dad, it is hard for me to talk about you without being very emotional! Many people find me very principled and tough but you are my absolute soft spot! I melt when im with you! I become cheeky, happy, care free and become a child all over again. You are a lot of things to me that i am not even able to put it all down in writing. I cannot forget the sacrifices you have made in order for me to go through school. People made fun of your old pick up for a very long time without knowing that you had the choice of driving a posh car and putting me in a UPE school! You have modelled to me what a healthy relationship with God should look like; the ups and downs, the failures and successes and the tears and joys. In all your failures, you have somehow found your way back to Calvary, at the foot of the cross. Through you, I know that it is perfectly ok to fail God. I know that it is ok to fall down countless times. Yet i know that i have to rise up again each single moment.

Dad, you make parenthood seem so effortless yet I know that it is not true. I know that behind the scenes, away from my eye sight, you have had your struggles, your doubts and your moments of fear. I know that there are days that you have lacked. I know that there are days that you have come back home empty handed. But i respect the fact that you have never allowed me to think for a moment that you are struggling. You have carried the weight of our 6 member family on your shoulders like a true parent. When i have asked, you have given. Never have you said no, even though it meant that you would have to lack.

Dad, you have taught me never to give up, never to feel contented with a minute’s achievement and never to let the world put me down. Many people admire the strength that I have and many people wonder where i get this determination in life from. They wonder where i get this confidence from. They dont know that it is because of you. From a young age, you made it clear that my opinion mattered and so i always had my opinion and i made it known. To date, i still speak out my heart. Hypocrisy is not my portion. I am strong because you refused to raise any weakling. I am bright because you taught me that second is not first. I am principled and honest because you modeled those values to me as a child.

Little girls really do cast a spell on their dads. I know that for a fact because I cast a spell on you and you did that in return. I may not be your little girl anymore, having grown so big and a little over 75kgs but I want you to know that i admire the man that you were, are and will become.

I hope one day to be even half or even a quarter of the parent you’ve been to me. I hope that when my kids need something, I’m there for them as you have been for me. I hope that when my kids have questions, that I’m there for them as you have been for me. I hope that when they are going through good times or bad that I’m there for them, just as you have always been there for me.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY.

From your little-not-so-little girl/woman

THOUGHTS FROM A WOMAN’S HEART: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS

I have written many letters in my lifetime, after realizing that writing is my escape route. Through writing, I express my fears, triumphs, feelings, emotions and speak from a deep place in my heart! In all my few years of writing, I have never had to sit down to blog about an issue with a heart as heavy as I have today. With tears running down my face, I write about a tragedy that I wish had never even happened. It is a bad dream that I want to wake up from, but slowly i realize that it is the harsh reality and it breaks my heart in thousands of little pieces.

As a child, i feared darkness and would cry every time the lights were switched off. Coupled with the many false tales that i heard in my primary school of “night-dancers” and of cannibals, i dreaded being alone or with strangers. Date, i am not very comfortable around strangers or in a strange place. And i must add that I am in my mid 20s!

When i heard the story that Boko Haram had attacked a school in the small town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, i wanted to believe that it was a joke. Then it dawned on me that indeed it was true. For days, the story was submerged under the press as the international media continued to focus on the missing Malaysian plane, the royal visit of Prince William and Kate, Palin’s controversial statements and soccer. The Nigerian military continues to give false and misleading stories of the account. What is clear however, is that 230 girls have been kidnapped and taken off as wives and sex slaves by the militant Boko Haram.

I AM ANGRY AT THIS WHOLE TRAGEDY. I AM ANGRY AT SO MANY PEOPLE. I AM ANGRY WITH BOKO HARAM. I AM ANGRY WITH THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT. I AM ANGRY WITH THE AFRICAN UNION. I AM ANGRY AT THE UNITED NATIONS. I AM ANGRY AT INTERNATIONAL MEDIA.

Despite how angry I am at many people, I also know that anger directed at many people will not solve anything. And so, i have decided to direct this anger into action! Raising awareness of this tragedy that is happening in Nigeria is my new found obsession! As a woman and a future mother, I know that the families of these girls are going through emotions that cannot be described. They are desperate, scared, angry and helpless! I do not want to imagine the feelings that the kidnapped girls must be going through; hungry, tired, scared, lonely, frozen in fear. That is something that every child must not be subjected to. I wouldn’t want that for even my worst enemy!

The failure to rescue the girls is a massive embarrassment to not only the Nigerian government and its military but a complete embarrassment to the international media, the United Nations and the African Union! If this incident had happened elsewhere, it would be the world’s biggest story and tragedy! There would be calls for United Nations Security Council intervention under Article 31 and a joint rescue effort!

I do not want to imagine how different the story would have been if President Goodluck Jonathan’s daughter was one of those girls or if this tragedy had happened in the United States of America! I will not be tempted to play the blame game! All i am asking for is that our girls be brought back to their families! We do not care how you do it, but please bring back our girls!!

These girls need to be with their families. These girls should be in school. These girls are not supposed to be wives. These girls have a freedom to choose who to marry and when to marry!

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Kidnapping them because you want to force the whole Nigeria to adopt Sharia law is purely barbaric and wrong! Involving children in any conflict is a worse act of cowardice.Image

And so, lets all raise awareness about this tragedy! Using the hashtag “BringBackOurGirls”, lets force the world to listen and let the whole world come to a standstill until the 230 girls are back home safe and sound!

AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

Dear Christian brothers,

Praise the Lord. I know that the Lord has been keeping you alive and well. I have seen you  going for fellowship and I have seen you lifting holy arms. As a christian sister, it warmed my heart and I must say that I am so proud of you. Your faith in God is unrivaled and your love relationship with God is the envy of many people out there.

But I have also heard you complain about the behavior of the sisters in church. I have heard you lament that the sisters are very unserious and you blame them for your being single. The sisters keep far away from you like you are diseased with a plague and want nothing to do with you. They scorn you and scoff at you.

But today i have a reply to all your questions! The Christian sisters have sent me to deliver a message to you and they hope that this message will get you somewhere on your other relational journey; the one with human beings and not CHRIST.

Be clear.

Do you know why the sisters are avoiding you? You are indecisive and unclear, bordering on non-committal! The men in the world are clearer than you can imagine! You see, those men are even bold enough to ask you to sleep with them on your first date. If someone is bold enough to ask for sex  after 2 hours of meeting you, what about you?  As for you, a simple “Will you be my girlfriend” does not appear. You take the sister out for dates, you buy her coffee and flowers and you call her endlessly, gradually shifting to words of endearment! But you never ask her to walk a relationship journey with you! Brother, the sister is not a sign language expert! BE CLEAR!

BE BOLD.

It is not wrong to use words of endearment when referring to the girlfriend! It is ok to call her hun, babe, sweets, princess, love, etc! Whatever makes her feel good and feel loved! You, on the other hand, stick to the formal “christian name” thing! Jeezzz, the sisters feel like they are with their parents who call them by the surname and christian name. It is ok to be candid with us; to tell the sisters when they look hawt (there is nothing wrong with saying i look hawt), to tell them when you like their new hair style especially since it takes us time, energy, money and a whole lot of pain to have those hair styles that look good! It is saddening for the sisters when the entire world notices how good they look but the christian brother they are in love with, is unbothered. Is it too much for her to ask you to hold her hand while taking a walk? Is it too much for you to tell her that she is beautiful and that you are madly in love with her? Well, i can see some of you rolling your eyes at this. If you are rolling your eyes, this letter is for you! Be bold!

Time away from church is appreciated.

When the sister walked to the altar to give their life to the Lord, they meant every word they said. They still love their relationship with the Lord and he remains the number one in their lives! So clearly their love of the Lord is not in dispute. It is as clear as the blue sea waters of the Maldives! They love the fact that you love the Lord. In fact your love of the Lord may just be one of the most attractive thing to the sisters. They love that you want to go with them to church, for fellowship and for all the church activities! I hope we got that correct.

Now, here is the problem. They would appreciate time away from church to be with you! They do not like to only be with you at church. They would appreciate a weekly date or a fortnightly date or time fixed and set apart for just the two of you! They are not asking you to take them to dark cozy places as they are aware of the temptation to sin that comes with such places! It would be nice to take an evening walk with you or just sit somewhere in a park and talk or go to the beach! Whatever activity enables them to spend some quality time with you, away from the church!

It is not a sin to spend on them.

On Saturday, I had a very interesting conversation with one of my christian sisters who told me that when she broke up with the christian brother, she would hardly find anything in her house that he bought for her; not even a handkerchief! LOL. How will you convince the sister that you are able to provide for her when during the relationship, she cannot even remember you buying for her a lollipop? We are not asking you to buy cars and build mansions! We are only asking that you show your love in actions!! Give and it shall be given back to you, shaken together, overflowing and running over.

Be Christian at all times.

One of the areas that we need your help in is the realm of purity. In 1 Timothy 5:2, Paul says to treat younger women, “as sisters, with all purity.” Despite this, many Christian men continue to behave otherwise. They often show a blatant disregard for our innocence by telling perverted jokes while we are within hearing distance, or through discussions that should never be held in mixed company. Please, respect the innocence and purity of your sisters and not only that, but do your best to guard it.

It is ok to talk about sex but there are boundaries to that talk.You are a christian at all times and this includes when you are in the company of your friends that do not know God! We do not want to have to embarrass you before your friends by offering contrary views while you try to fit in with your friends in your talk of sex and all things in that direction.

Stand up for us. Be the protector. 1 Peter 3:7

Part of your role as our man is to be our protector! The reason why sisters continue to run to the bad boys is because they have mastered the role of protector better than everyone else! I have seen christian brother keep quiet when a  friend of theirs disrespects you or tries to flirt with you. If you have to put yourself in harm’s way in order to protect her, then enjoy that God-given role! We are tired of cowards.

John Piper expresses this calling well: “If there is a sound downstairs during the night and it might be a burglar, you don’t say to her: ‘This is an egalitarian marriage, so it’s your turn to go check it out. I went last time.’ And I mean that even if your wife has a black belt in karate. After you’ve tried, she may finish off the burglar with one good kick to the solar plexus. But you better be unconscious on the floor, or you’re no man. That’s written on your soul, brother, by God Almighty. Big or little, strong or weak, night or day, you go up against the enemy first. Woe to the husband—and woe to the nation—that send their women to fight their battles.”

Although that quote applies to marriage, it is applicable in a relationship. She wants to feel safe with you and know that you will be there to defend her. She wants to feel protected when the whole world is against her! She wants you hold her hand when she crosses the street.

She wants you to protect her emotionally. Respect her feelings and understand her without always taking over the role of the Holy Spirit of giving advice. Sometimes when she is crying and complaining, all she wants is for you to hear her out; you don’t always have to speak!

So there we have it! I hope i have delivered the message well and it has sunk in well!

From all the Christian sisters to you our dear christian men, we love you and we pray that you do not neglect your role as Christian men.

A THANK YOU NOTE TO AN EX

Dear Ex,

Today i woke up and you were on my mind. Not because I was cursing you or anything but because I am so happy and grateful to you! I’d like to say that I’m glad you are well, but as we both know I have absolutely no idea how you are and have no interest whatsoever in knowing.

Its been a while since we parted ways and I can tell you that I am having the time of my life. I am following my dreams and going after my passion. I am living my life and enjoying being me.

You see, I feel like I am being myself and being who God intended me to be. I am no longer living my life for someone else and going out of my way to please them. I can wake up in the morning and stretch my arms and go on with my chores without running to my phone to ensure that it is on, lest you call and are mad at me for having my phone off.

I can put on my short dresses without the worry of bumping into your mother and sisters and watching the disgusted reaction on their faces. You see dear ex, my clothes were never as short as your mother and sister made them look. If anything, I am a dignified woman and ensure that before I leave the house, i stand infront of my mirror and bend over just to make sure that the dress is not short. But your family seemed to have been an extension of the convent. Anything that didnt touch the ground was considered short for them.

I do not miss the endless calls that your mother subjected me to, asking me about my grades, whether I had gone to church, whether I had gone to class, whether I had eaten, bla bla! I understand that she was trying to care but I also know that she didnt have boundaries! The woman called and called and called and became a burden! She was always intrusive and always poked her nose in my business. I knelt and knelt and my knees became dark. No i dont miss that too.

My dear, I dont miss this one sided love! I dont miss the many times you made appointments and simply didnt turn up just like that. No apologies and not a single care in the world. It is only when i would ask you that you came up with all kinds of excuses in the entire world ranging from work to your car breaking down to meeting friends. Everyone else in the world mattered apart from me.

I remember that feeling that I always had when you missed another of our appointments. I remember the chocking effect it gave me and the hot tears that flowed from my eyes. I remember trying to understand why you had missed it again and justifying it in my heart. I remember holding onto the promise you made that there would be another. I remember all that and I dont miss it even one bit.

I remember how “Sorry” was not in your vocabulary. You just never apologised. You were never remorseful and you went on with your life like a gangster! While the whole world admired the person that you held yourself out to be, I continued to blame myself for not seeing that person but seeing a different person. “Maybe i am blind. Maybe its me,” i thought. I really dont miss blaming myself for your pretence.

I am sorry for many things todate. I am sorry for allowing you to be a part of my life because clearly you didnt deserve me! And no, I am not saying that you are a bad person! I am just saying that you were not meant for me. Its just that sometimes i would like to have never met you. And let me re-emphasize that I am not saying you are evil and bad; I am just saying that our paths should never have crossed.

To everyone else, you were this hillarious, fun, warm and caring guy. And maybe parts of that were correct. I cannot forget you staying up all night by my bed when I was admitted to hospital with food poisoning. I cannot forget you holding my hand and ensuring that I was comfortable in the hospital. I cannot forget the tupid sponging you did all night to bring my temperature down. I cannot forget the flowers and chocolate you brought for me constantly. (And yes, those chocolates are the reason why I am always at the dentist)

Those were very kind gestures for which I am grateful.

But I know that if i had to write down everything good that you did for me and everything bad that you did to me, the bad side would be 1000 times longer than the good side. You just had a way of spoiling my days, stressing me and making sure that I have bad memories of you.

My dear ex, today I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you did for me and to me. Because of you, I am wiser, stronger and more determined. I am pursuing my dreams and I have learnt never to settle for less or to take up the blame for someone else’s mistakes. I now know that I am more intelligent than you thought, that I am hotter than you think and I deserve better.

I have gone back to the drawing board and God has been good to me. I am pursuing my relationship with the Lord and I am chasing my dreams. I have never been this happier in a long time. My life is much more perfect.

I hope that you have a good life. I hope that you will grow in the Lord and will be mentored by him. I hope you have learnt how to treat a woman and have learnt that you cannot be two people in one except if you have a multi personal disorder. I hope that the next girl you date will find a better, wiser and considerate man. I hope that you will make her happy and will not allow her tears to flow like you did with me.

And when I invite you for my wedding, I hope that you can come and see that I have moved on and I am truly happy.

With love,

Your ex-girlfriend.

P.S: The views expressed in the letter above are not the views of the author of the letter and are not in anyway connected with the author’ s life or story.

 

 

 

TO JANIE: THAT TOO SHALL PASS

For you my dear Janie Kyomukama a.k.a. Kakiga

The phone rings and you can hear the panick on the other side,

“Please come to hospital and come fast”

You know that something is not right

But you hold onto a hope that has been constant

You know that you have seen worse days

They have passed.

You hope this one is one of those.

“Dad is dead” the caller says

You freeze and you are numb,

You prefer to remain in the dream,

You do not want to believe what you hear

You hope that this bad dream shall pass.

And then reality sets in,

Your worst nightmare just came to pass.

Dad is dead, he is gone and he is no more.

You ask questions,

“Why? What? When? How?”

God listens and watches you

This shall pass.

The night  passes and the days pass

The pain is not going away

No, it never goes away.

But you leave day by day

And soon it shall pass.

Through the pain, anguish and anger

The silent voice remains

“I love you my daughter

I made you, I am your creator

My plans for your life are good and perfect

Even when it feels sad and unfair

Even when it hurts deep inside

When you feel forsaken and betrayed

I still love you.

This too shall pass.”

“If you loved me God, you would never have taken my dad.”

He listens and he sees the silent tears

“I am your father. You are not fatherless.

I have got you covered.

I knew you before creation. I formed you in your mother’s womb.

I loved you even before dad met you.

I cared for you before you knew me.

I loved you enough to send my son to Calvary

I loved you enough to watch him tortured for humanity

I loved you enough to give my everything.

I love you and this too shall pass.”

When it looks like your whole world is crumbling

The creator is re-arranging the puzzle,

Everything falls in place

No situation can shock him

No circumstance can take him by surprise

He is God

So that too shall pass.

The pain, the sorrow, the anguish, the anger

It shall pass

Because he has you covered.

janie

P.S: During this trying moment, everything feels and looks unfair! But like Job says, God gives and he takes away, may his name be praised. Everything that we have was lent to us by God. When the time comes for him to take it, what can we do but accept his will? We are praying for you and we know that you will be fine because you are a very strong person! Dad is in a better place and he is proud of you for becoming the person you are.

From all of us,

The Council of Elders

(With love)

FINDING A ROCK WHEN YOUR WHOLE WORLD IS FALLING APART!

Its official! I am either delusional or i simply have so much stuff to do that I am overwhelmed

Over the weekend, I had to make a 3 hours trip to my rural home in order to attend a graduation party for my childhood friend. 3 hours later, I got home with only 30 minutes to spare before the ceremony. Obviously UMEME had done its usual load shedding and hence none of my outfits or graduation gown was ironed! 1 hour later, having somehow got my dress ironed using our local iron, i managed t0 make it to the ceremony which was already halfway.

Here i was, smiling and laughing and generally being excited for a friend! But emotionally i knew that something was not right! I had a burden on my heart so strong and I knew that some of the walls that I have kept up for such a long time were slowly starting to crumble, right in front of my eyes! My whole world was crumbling down.

I had work pending on my desk. I had school work to catch up on. I had errands to attend to. I had fallen back on my exercise routine because i just couldn’t find the right time to do my exercise. I was anxious for some news. I was not getting the answers to the questions i had asked God! I was tired, angry and depressed! I WAS OVERWHELMED.

When i woke up this morning, i dreaded the thought of going to work! In between deadlines that needed to be beaten and more work that would approach my desk, i just didn’t want to think about it. Then it dawned on me that I had exams in a month’s time and I has not even read for them!

When i went to shower, I discovered that my bath tub was blocked hence making it impossible for me to use it! How bad could the day have become? I needed to cry. I needed to wail. I was sad. I was angry. I was depressed. I was simply overwhelmed. Fast forward, i finish dressing up and then as i put on my shoes, they snap!!!!! Really??? This Monday was bound to be the worst day of the week!! I gave up and just sat there on the floor of my room overwhelmed!!!! A day can’t get worse than it already was.

In the midst of my confusion and with a tear in my eye, I knelt down besides my bed to talk to God! I sat there for the next 20 minutes without a care in the world! I didn’t know what to say but I knew that God was seeing right through my confusion and right through my depression!

When i eventually stood up to grab my bag and run to work with only a few minutes left till 8 am, I can tell you that my world was still crumbling but I was determined to have peace in the midst of it all!

God taught me an invaluable lesson during my 20 minute session; to remain strong and focused on him when my world is falling apart!  Exodus 33:21 was so clear for me in that moment. ” There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock.” The message version puts it more clearlyLook, here is a place right beside me. Put yourself on this rock.”

I knew that i had to find this rock and my footing! I know that Christ has me covered and that no situation is permanent.

Have you ever found yourself battered and beaten by life? Well God is a rock in a hard place. There is a place close to God where we can enjoy his provision and grace! In a world adrift in moral chaos and drowning in the depths of deception, we are always grateful that we can stand strong because of that rock! There is a place we can find in Jesus Christ that will shelter us during the storms of life. There is a place next to God and it’s on the rock.

The devil wants you to get so wrapped up in the storm that you miss the revival that God has for your life. He wants you so afraid of the winds that you miss the blessing. And this morning was a perfect example of that deception. I was tired and exhausted. I would rather have not come to work. I would rather not have seen certain people. I would rather not…. There are so many things that i wanted to do my own way or those that i didn’t want to do! I was wailing in my world! But then, God reminded me that there is no place for failures in the kingdom!

Psalm 27:5 – For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Psalm 40:2 – He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Deuteronomy 32:31 – For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

It has not been an easy weekend or even an easy day, but I can look back and smile because I found my rock when the whole world was crumbling right in front of my eyes! So what is that one thing that has turned your whole life upside down? Are you angry? Are you sad? Are you depressed? Are you tired? Then the answer is simple. Just find that rock.

With love.