Recently, I was invited by my cousin to a mass deliverance service and began to grow excited. This excitement quickly turned into desiring that this one night would be the change I had been praying for seven years to take place. Not only did I begin to expect that my life would be ultimately transformed but was hoping my husband's life would be too. Leading up to the day of the event my anticipation rapidly started to grow about what the Lord was going to do in and with us, but not once did I stop to ask God what was his intention or plan for us. See, I got so caught up in what I expected God to do for me that I failed to find out if it was even in his will.
Well, I know too many times when I have been and completely understand if you are thinking this title seems like a 90's cliche rap song topic but the Holy Spirit impressed it upon my heart to address this subject. In the age of publicized self-made success stories and the glorified side hustle, we have placed a high value on the art of making our next dollar that it has become hard not to get consumed with the whole process. Now don't get me wrong because I am a firm believer in needing money to even function in this world we live in and having it can open doors to more choices. "So why bring this topic up then?", you may be asking.
I've always heard people say "good things come to those who wait" but I believe this phrase left out some very important stipulations that are vital parts of this Christian journey. What it should have been revised to say is "good things come to those who wait, work hard, endure the character building process and are obediently walking toward what God has called them to do." Now I know my version is a mouthful to say when encouraging someone and would probably never catch on, but as I am learning in my current season of walking entirely by faith, I wish someone would have shared these exact words with me. It can be so easy to get caught up in the test and trials that come our way as well as the many other distractions that try to overtake us while pursuing our God given purposes. So what inspired this particular blog was a recent lack of focus and pressure I was experiencing along my journey.