…is that your past experiences, or your current struggles define who you are! I've also shared this on www.Quintessentialf.com because well, it applies to every woman - and man - looking to get it together, and quite frankly, my faith has everything to do with who I am and the woman I continue to morph into. I do hope then that you will allow me to share my thoughts as inspired by my spirituality.
I’ve had a bit of a hectic week as I experienced what felt like a supernatural commissioning to cover friends and loved ones in prayer as they shared some of the trying times they were in. I was encouraged by the optimism of some and touched to deepened levels of empathy – almost to a point of sadness, as I relived some of my most difficult times in my past through the current experiences of others. One thing’s for sure, in the words of Alex Elle:
“You are not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.”
With each message I received, there was something that resonated deeply with me, and I was able to share my testimony of survival – big or small a victory. But in it the key message for me and those listening as I narrated my ordeals or gave advice in less sombre instances, was that GOD saved me and strengthened me for such a time as this, where regardless of religious affiliation or cultural or ethnic background, that moment of sharing became ministry for all parties involved.
But what happens when you are met with an opportunity to witness, and the person you are speaking to have an utter dismal view of life? I’ve had to remind myself of the rolling tides of emotions, and how emotions, in their inconsistent and somewhat deceiving state, can quite literally take you from one high to a dark low in a matter of minutes. I’ve also had to remind myself that the measure of one’s faith lies in their ability to relate the struggles of life, with the acknowledgement that trouble will come, but there ought to be that one glimmer of hope that keeps you pushing along. It’s the nature of life. Some days we are riddled with success, some are characterised by rudimentary coasting, and others shock us into a state that may take us a little longer to come out of than we would prefer!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
– Deutronomy 31:6
So much comfort and promise in this scripture. And what I also love about it is that it presents the subtle connotation that the hard times will come to an end – because GOD will not leave you and will see you through it all. Therefore, these seasons should not define you!
Failing at something once – or a few times – doesn’t make you a failure. Anyone who has had to attempt getting a driver’s licence in Zimbabwe once upon a time can attest to this! Having to endure a season of discomfort – emotional, physical, mental and psychological – doesn’t not mean you are cursed! Ask someone who now testifies of the goodness of Jesus after having received their healing from sickness, loss of a loved one or heartbreak and they will tell you!
Whatever your dark season has been, turn the sails around by viewing your challenges as GOD’s conduit to bringing about a stronger, reinvented and more enlightened you. There is a message in toil – always. Do not give the enemy airplay by embodying your struggle. It shall pass. So chin up beloved and know that your expected end is coming. You just have to stop believing that your current negative circumstance is the essence of who you are – because it isn’t!
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