It was good…

When I tell you I have so much to say, believe me… There aren’t enough gigabytes, let alone pages, to contain all that I have to say. I have been waiting on the books to come, while the books have been waiting on me to write them. That is what the Holy Spirit said a few years ago. I heard it; I repeated it, but I didn’t act on it. Oh, I dibbled and I dabbled. I even dipped my toe in, but I didn’t take the leap of faith and because of that failure to act I’m still looking for the manifestation.

 

Are you like me—waiting on something that is already here? If so, I invite you to join me in doing something different. I invite you to act in accordance to the faith that believes God’s purpose for your life is to be fruitful and multiply. The time of waiting has lapsed and we’re now using time ordained for action. We are now in a season of action. While God is not confined by time, we are. Our time is limited. We’ve got to do a better job of discerning and redeeming the time. We do not have eternity to act—we have right now. When the season is up, there will be no extension of time. When time comes to an end will we have accomplishments to our credit, or regrets? The choice is ours, and our actions will dictate the outcome.

 

I spent a good deal of the last quarter of 2017 saying how “hard, dark and difficult” the past year has been. I encouraged others to speak life, but I struggled to do the same concerning the season of despair I had come through. The good news of it all is that God never has been intimidated by our issues, or angst, or even our doubt. God responds to the heart. So, even when the mind, the flesh or the mouth are out of sync, God is at the end waiting because of the seed of faith in our heart. From the moment our heart sought to understand and line up with purpose, God has been waiting in our prepared place, holding the door open for us to enter in. God knows what it will take for us to look up and live.  And, as comforting as that is to those of us who have wasted too many years already, don’t get comfortable or you’ll find yourself out of time and unaccomplished. As Paul admonished us not to allow the grace of salvation to lull us into continuing in sin, we ought not let the grace of God’s patience lull us into continuing to fear or procrastinate. Such action, like carnal living, has consequences.

 

Perhaps you can relate… I have come to realize my understanding and vision—even my expectation—of God is too small, too limited, too restricted. I put God in a box. The box has grown in size, but the reality is that God cannot be contained. To that end, I have put an end to trying to stuff the Infinite God into my finite concept. Are you guilty of this? If so, fear not; journey with me as I endeavor to practice what I’ve preached. I will speak life and I will allow my faith in God to dispel the myth of “hard, dark and difficult”. The truth: there is nothing hard, dark or difficult—there is only good. You’ve heard it. You’ve high-fived and shouted off of it. Most are familiar with the passage: “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose (Romans 8:28, Amplified).” It isn’t just a cute saying. It is truth: It is all good!

 

Even as I take hold of this revelation, I also realize the entire time I’ve been asking God to show me to my writing place that I am (now) in my writing place—truth be told, I’ve always been. Everywhere I’ve ever been; everywhere I am; everywhere I will ever be is my writing place. In fact, I am my writing place. The place is in me and in my hands. I shall accomplish the thing I was sent to do. Out of God’s mouth I have come; I am the manifestation of God in the earth. I am purpose fulfilled. I am—always was, and always will be. It took me going through this recent season of despair to acknowledge this truth. So now, I choose to agree with God. It was good for me to be afflicted; it was good for me to be here (and there); it was good—all good; all of it…! Yep, good to the last drop! In this moment, I am able to declare “I am exactly where I’m supposed to be!” And, like me, you needed the struggle. Like the butterfly, we needed the cocoon.

 

As we take hold of this first day of a new year, let’s commit to making 1 Thessalonians 5:18 our mantra: “in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” When we acknowledge the good, we begin the healing process and move from a state of brokenness to wholeness. While there are people I pray I never have to encounter again in this life, and there are situations I pray I never find myself in again, I can declare that my experience has led me to here and now–a better place. I needed hard times in order to make better choices during periods of overflow. I needed to be in a dark place long enough to learn that I am the light I seek. I needed every second of the trial to strengthen me, to reveal areas of weakness, to provide me with a testimony that will help free someone else. I needed what I perceived as hard to teach me how to be strategic. I needed what I perceived as dark so I could identify it in others. I needed what I perceived as difficult to prove the strength of my endurance to see a thing through. I am stronger, better, wiser and motivated to lead others out of darkness into the marvelous light of God’s grace.

 

I cannot tell you how many books will be written. I cannot count the number of lives I’ll impact. But, I can tell you books will be written, lives will be impacted, and I will leave the earth poured out as a drink offering. My life will reflect the glory and grace of God. I will fulfill my purpose, because all that I have endured was good, all that I am experiencing is good, all that is yet to come will be good—all good! ~WordsInPrint by Suni

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