“You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power. Your knowledge of me is too deep; it is beyond my understanding”.
Life changed for me when I realised I didn’t know as much about myself as I thought I did. Have you ever sat across the table from your parent, teacher or boss, as they tell you where you got it wrong and areas of improvement? How did that make you feel? Did you sit in silently acknowledging the very accuracy of their criticism or did you work up the ultimate defence with every point they made?
GOD has a way of allowing certain things to happen so we can learn specific lessons. As a matter of fact, I believe we as humans are inclined towards pursuing holistic change only after experiencing or witnessing certain challenges that make us think through our current methods. It is important to understand during these times though, that no one will ever know you and your response to life’s chronicles than GOD Himself. Our Creator shaped us, building every fabric of our personality and physical attributes into these bodies we call “you” and “I”. So why then are we so bent on doing life our way, and not asking the Master for counsel on the next best steps? Why is that throughout 2018 - and perhaps even well before then - we have entertained internal warfare when it came to obeying GOD's instructions over our lives?
GOD knows you more than you could ever know yourself and is on standby to help you, even more than any army or artillery could. He understands your strengths and weaknesses and how best to mould you into a vessel for goodness in a challenging world. You do not have to go at life alone anymore; not in the coming year, not ever!
As we enter the New Year by grace, may we remember that our lives have never been about what we think we are about, but about what GOD created us to be. We ought to tap into the knowledge of who GOD is by speaking to Him and reading up on His Word, living in complete expectation that He will show us things about ourselves that will take our breath away.
If there is a task you have been dodging, or a project or assignment you believe GOD has been speaking to you for a long time about, now is the time to get started. You are more capable than you think you are to accomplish the work set ahead for you. You are fully equipped for the task at hand and are very well the light in any room you have the privilege of entering. I’m sure if we had a chance to ask the Josephs, Rahab and Esther of the Bible today about how they took on their greatest assignments, they would attest to the fight of faith over fear. They would speak of how they never imagined being credited for solving some of the biggest problems of their time through obedience and surrender. The question is – do you believe? Do you believe you have been picked for an assignment and that GOD is entrusting you to see certain things through this coming year?
What has GOD been speaking you about lately that is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore?
What great task will you get started on this 2019? Think about it. Pray over it. There will never be a better time to get started on it than today.
Happy New Year Quintessential F's - and wishing you all the joys and successes the coming year will bring you. Remember, GOD knows you, and also knows that you can do it!
Yvonne C. Mtengwa