… if you don’t…

“Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out’ ” (Luke 19:39-40, NIV). 

How do you feel when you watch someone do something you know you’re supposed to be doing?

I had an experience at church yesterday that made me really want to do the things God wants me to do. We had a Thanksgiving service and I was told last minute I was going to lead the Thanksgiving portion– being Nigerian, that meant upbeat songs people could dance to. I couldn’t think of songs so I kept asking my fellow choir members to help me. Things seemed fine, I thought I was doing a good job until a minister came and took the microphone from me. Culturally, I had to step down and allow him to lead the rest of the time.

At first I was embarrassed, then irritated, then angry; then I quickly got over it when I realized that, perhaps, I wasn’t doing such a good job, that things weren’t fine. As I kept singing, backing him up, I was pleading with God, asking Him to not let another do the job He wants me to do– in other words, I don’t want to be replaced by another. That was my plea.

I kept thinking about this seemingly tiny incident; it shook me to the core. I confided in my friend and she gave me a different perspective, letting me understand that God is patient with us, that when we trust in Him, He will be with us every step of the way until we fulfill our purpose and destiny.

I agree with her… But I also think that we have to be willing to actually do our own part, you know..? The passage above came to mind.  The context is the Triumphal Entry. We see people praising Jesus, welcoming Him; and in the midst of this beautiful scene, the Pharisees, ever the enemies of Jesus, were telling Him to keep His disciples quiet. What I understand from Jesus’ response is this: if you don’t do what you’re supposed to (the Pharisees weren’t praising Jesus as they ought to have been doing), someone else could be raised up to do it.  Am I wrong? Imagine a stone praising God instead of you!

If our purpose is to bring glory to God, why shouldn’t we do it with every zeal in us? Why shouldn’t we praise God on the spot, trusting that He will give us songs to sing? Why shouldn’t we serve Him as if the time is our last on earth?

You see, I want to fulfill my destiny, and by God’s grace I will! I want to be available. I don’t want anyone to do the things (even if it’s giving a cup of water to someone) that I have been created to do!

Lord, you’ve created one of me. May I fulfill my purpose. In Jesus’ name.

Seeing IN God’s LENS

“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law” (Psalm 119:18, NIV).

” ‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand’ ” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). 

” ‘Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?’ says the Lord. ‘Do I close up the wound when I bring to delivery?’ says your God” (Isaiah 66:9, NIV)

 

Yesterday was the start of a new month, so I asked God to give me a divine revelation. HE DID! Ain’t God good?!!?

During my TAWG (time alone with God), I read Song of Songs chapters 5 and 6, and I realized how intimate the beloved and lover are. I told God, “Lord, I want my husband and I to be very intimate, but I want us to be intimate with you.” Then I read a couple of articles about what intimacy means to the Christian, and one of the points was that you can’t be intimate with someone if you don’t know yourself, and you can’t truly know yourself if you don’t know God and how He sees you. That brings me to my revelation: my

SINGLENESS is  Seeing IN God’s LENs

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I dismissed this at the time, but this morning I realized that the Holy Spirit used my corniness and my love of words to reveal to me what has been head knowledge for so long! Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Being single is not a curse, it is not a punishment from God, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be loved, it doesn’t mean that God has forgotten you. I wrestle with these thoughts (strongholds) regularly. No more! I’ve been so busy thinking about whether or not I will be married that I’ve been missing out on what God is doing in me in the here and now. I believe that God purges you, opens your eyes and ears and heart, molds you, and shapes you in this season for Himself, so that His purpose will be fulfilled in you! And if a spouse comes along, the more the merrier 🙂

Seeing (myself, my story, my journey, my future, etc) IN (from) God’s Lens (perspective). That is the most important thing in life. Apply this to all areas of your life, not just singleness.

I’m actually excited to start this new journey. I have said before that I’ve embraced my singleness, but now I embrace it because I know God is working in me, doing something that I can only learn this season, and I don’t want to miss out on it anymore! I want to know God, know who I am in Him, see things the way He sees them; I want to be in God’s heart and mind! And when the time is right for me and my husband  to walk in covenant together, we will be seeing each other, our marriage, our children, our home, our ministry, and others through God’s lens.

To all my single people, don’t fret your singleness, embrace it, even if you are the only single person in your group! Thrive, because God is working in you! Let this period be the period where you get to know yourself, God, and His ways!! Be intimate with God; know Him, know you (No Him, No you).

Do no forget that God has already given you the strength to live fully in this season. Start choosing to see things from your Father’s eyes. It’s refreshing!

Grace and peace to you.