Growing up in church, I use to hear the old saints sing, "The road hasn’t been easy. I have been through some difficult situations. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. But I don't believe He brought me this far to leave” Many of us can identify with this. We can say as we look back over the year that “I’ve come too far from where I started from.” As I prepare to celebrate my born-day on April 27th I look back over the last 12 months and I can say that the road has not been easy, but it surely has been worth it.
In the past 12 months I have had to relearn how to eat, relearn how to take care of my body as well as how I respond to stress, and the pressures of life. As a result I have seen new life and healing come to this vessel that has restored my youth. I have been disappointed and had to release relationships that I truly valued as well as open myself to new relationships, opportunities and it has brought such joy, fulfillment and peace that has surpassed my understanding. Yes, I have been stretched, challenged and put in some very uncomfortable and new situations, but I can emphatically state it has produced some good fruit.
This is not to say that staying on this road has been easy but as Hebrews 13:5 says, “He has never left me, he has not forsaken me.” These are not just words of comfort to me, but they have been a lifeline to keep me on the road to destiny.
We all have been through some pretty turbulent and challenging storms along life’s road. In the book of Exodus we find the children of Israel were in some difficult and turbulent times as they were being led out of Egypt’s bondage to the Promised Land. Pharaoh had placed such heavy burden of bondage upon them that they cried out to God for deliverance. God sent Moses to be their deliverer. The day came for their departure from Egypt. What a glorious day! To leave behind all their slavery and servitude! But they came to the Red Sea! There was no way across. Pharaoh had changed his mind about allowing them to go free, and he was after them. Like sitting ducks with no defense, it looked like their doom was sealed. If Pharaoh caught up with them, they knew he would certainly make life miserable for them. But I can just visualize old Moses, standing up to comfort the people. He had just heard from God! I know the Bible doesn’t record this, but he may have said, “Now, children! Just calm down! Don’t get all frightened on me now. I don’t believe He brought us this far, just to leave us.” He may have said, “We’ve already come too far from where we started from and he has brought us to far to leave us.”
These last 12 months I have stood on the banks of the Red Sea and I wanted to sob, wail, turn back, give up and give in to the weariness that my soul felt. But as I approach the end of this 43rd year of life and look back over it, I can say with joy and authority I am still here. I can vehemently state that He has brought me from a mighty long way.
If we all look at what we have been faced with, He has brought us ALL from a mighty long way! Take a moment to look back. He has brought you and your family out of all that stuff, issues and mess too. Therefore, if you are thinking about what you wish your life was, how you think it ought to be, you are letting the enemy bring you down. Just think about how God lifted you up! That should be enough to make you go into a high praise. Remember where you were when He brought you out? The children of Israel, He delivered them out for a reason. He brought them out to bring them into their Promise Land and He continually does the same for me and He has done the same for you.
That is why I don’t spend much time thinking on how things could have been different in this year, because I know He had a plan for me. And you shouldn’t either. He had a plan for you then and He has a plan for you now! Be grateful for today, because you surely remember what yesterday looked like. Just rest assure that the God who brought you out will take surely take you in! He hasn’t forgotten me, and He surely hasn’t forgotten you. Many times, I wanted to give up in this year, but when I did I made a choice to remember “He will never forsake me” and I kept my feet on the road set before me and that is when I would experience a breakthrough that would leave me in awe of His Power.
So, when you feel like giving up right here so close to the end of your breakthrough, go into a praise because you know He is always there, His Word is true, and He has not brought you this far to not take you all the way in!
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