Isn’t the Lord just so amazing and infinite in power? We know that when He pieces things together, it’s always done so methodically. So perfectly. Kind of how He did with us, but right now we aren’t talking about the creation of man. We are talking about the new 3-part blog series that He’s given me.
What started out as a simple caption on a picture is now about to be a full blog series. But let me explain just how the Lord constructed this one. Remember the last time I did a series, I told you all that the Lord put it all together, all the way down to the colors used for the graphics? For that particular series, the book I “just so happened” to pick up that week to read was exactly about what the Lord was giving me to write about.
This time I wrote these words as a picture caption and said them as my closing words for a panel I was a part of, then watched a sermon series by Pastor Mike Todd of Transformation Church titled “Stride”. [and. If perhaps this ever makes it back to Pastor Todd, let it be known I gave credit where it was due. LOL] As I watched the series I could clearly hear the Lord speaking to me dealing with the same thing I had been saying in the captions. Thirdly as I was speaking with Michael (my boyfriend) about some things he was saying the Lord spoke to him and what the Lord gave to him also lined up with what I was hearing.
So here I am writing this out to you because I truly believe that the Lord is saying something to our generation and He is saying it so many ways by so many different avenues. I truly believe that this is something He wants us all to get! Why else would He keep saying it?
Pastor Mike Todd told us to the Lord said to “stride”, Michael said the Lord told him to “slow down”, and now I am telling you all that the Lord gave me the word “embrace”. Essentially, they all mean the same thing and can be tied back to each other. The definition of embrace is to take or receive gladly or eagerly; accept willingly.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
“…a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing”
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5, 11.
At this part of life, it is so easy to want so badly to get to the next level in our lives. When I wrote the captions, I explained that we should embrace each stage of life and everything that comes with each instead of trying to hurry and get to the next. When I wrote the captions, for me it was nothing more than a caption. It wasn’t until I was watching Part 1 of Stride that I actually realized that those words were for me and that I was literally trying to rush through everything. It was like the Lord allowed me to look at my life and just how I was trying to speed up everything.
I am finishing up my junior year of college and I only have eight more classes to take before graduation. See, what I wanted to do was go to summer school that way I could just be done in December. So, then it was like I had to really rethink my whole life! I had to hurry and decide whether I would get another degree, go to law school, or get a job. Would I stay in Monroe or would I move? Everything was just kind of in the air and I had no real plans but I felt that time was getting away from me. I mean December is right around the corner and I never actually thought about what would happen after graduation. That was just one part of me trying to rush my life. The second part involved my relationship. Now disclaimer I know how old I am and I know that I am in no way ready to be married, but I kind of just wanted to move on to the next part of my relationship and be engaged. This all sounds so dumb to me now as I’m writing it. But it was so real that I sat Michael down and told him that I was not going to be a girlfriend forever that I so much didn’t want to be stuck in one stage forever. Poor dude, he was so confused as to where this all was coming from, but seriously it was me just trying to fly through life. Why? I don’t know. NO idea.
As I drove down south and listened to these sermons, it became so clear to me that “Majah this is all for you right now! Embrace your life.” And I love how Mike Todd explained how Jesus never rushed through anything. Jesus never ran or was in a hurry, instead “Jesus WALKED”. When we rush through life we don’t get a chance to actually enjoy it. Lissseennn, there have been times I have caught myself attending events not actually paying attention. Just going through thinking of what caption I will post with the pictures when it’s all over. Pathetic, right? That’s what we do with life. We don’t actually enjoy moments in life. We don’t slow down enough to pay attention. We don’t embrace each stage and get all that we are to get from each. We are so concerned about getting to the next stage that we miss things.
The scripture above talks about the timing of the Lord. It talks on how God has made everything beautiful for its own time. That everything has a time and place. This also means that if we move things out of their time that God has specifically made for them that we will interfere with the beauty of it. Which brings me back to my opening sentence, when the Lord pieces something together it is always so methodical, so intentional, and so beautiful. No one can put things together quite like He can, and in this stage [and every stage to come] I want to see things and experience life the way He intends for it to be. I want to see the beauty in it all. Don’t you?
P.S. Part 2 is coming…Part 1 was getting a little long.