So, we made it! Some experienced great triumphs, others took some devastating blows and if your encounter was anything like mine, 2016 is somewhat of a blur. I can’t begin to tell you where the time went, but nonetheless, by God’s grace, WE MADE IT! As I reflect on 2016, I am reminded of Romans 8:28, that tells us that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose. If you’ve ever had a dialogue with me long enough you know that I am a firm believer of this; you’ve heard me say time and time again that God is so strategic in His plan. That comment alone probably led me to a place of excitement and smiles because the very thought assures me that I can bounce back from whatever 2016 or any other year has thrown my way. I probably went on to share how much I love Him because of the fact that His word says, “all” things, not some, not only when or only if, but ALL. Ok, wait, forgive me let me stay on track, even though I really could end this blog right here.
2016 met up with me early in the year, literally about a month after some much needed time with my girlfriends in January, (by the way, there’s nothing like reminiscing, great laughs and creating new memories with your girlfriends) it came around the corner and hit me with what I can only describe as an Ali, Frazier knockout and life for me changed in an instant. My Mother was admitted to the hospital on February 1st 2016 and for the next 53 days my siblings and I were by her side watching her slowing fade away before us. There’s so much that happened in between, perhaps I’ll share the in between moments in my book, but for the sake of this blog and the fact that I want you all to come back I’ll keep it short. There were the moments of hope, then the moments of uncertainty, moments of acceptance and then the moments of denial.
Ironically in the midst of it all God kept revealing Himself to me. What I witnessed in those 53 days was life changing. Do I still miss her? Are there still days when I’d rather pull the covers over my head and fade in my tears? Do I still feel tremendous pain? Did this experience change me? Of course, and I say that with so much transparency. Yet I still have to turn your attention back to the one word in Romans 8:28 that says, “ALL”. Listen, it was in my grief that God revealed gifts in me that I didn’t realize dwelled there. It was in my grief that I decided I would no longer be gripped by fear and boldly walked into entrepreneurship. It was in my grief that I decided I wasn’t taking any of what God has deposited in me to my grave when my time comes. It was in my grief that I no longer concern myself with the opinions of others. It was in my grief that I experienced God’s peace in ways that I had never before. I’m sharing this testimony with you as just a reminder if only for a moment that all things are working for your good. God has a strategic plan and you, my friend, have a role in it. There may be some things that transpired in 2016 that knocked you clean on your back, but I can assure you it was necessary for your purpose.
I posed the question the other day and I want to just raise a few questions and you can just reflect on your own time, but I would love for you to respond in the comment section if you feel led to do so.
- What process have you had to endure in 2016 in order for God to present you as His masterpiece in 2017?
- What barriers did you have to break through?
- What are you are able to see now that you couldn’t necessarily see when you were in the midst of 2016?
- What new things did God reveal to you about yourself?
I want to encourage you to not grow weary, especially when the hype about entering into the new year has dwindled down. Trust in the Lord and don’t abandon your process, for it is essential to your purpose.
Blessings from The Believer’s Corner,
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