Is there anything too hard for God?

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In preparing for God’s visions for our lives for the year ahead, my church Transformation Church (TC), has undertaken a 21-Day of Fasting. In beginning my journey, I prayed and randomly selected a Bible App plan about vision to guide me on my journey.

Day 1 gave the story of the 12 Israelites who were sent to explore Canaan. Only 2 returned with a glowing report and a confidence of victory. Numbers 13:27-29 tells the perspective of the remaining 10 spies.

This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.”

The spies shied away from the bountiful blessing that God intended for them because they perceived the inhabitants of the land to be stronger and more fortified than they were.

Does this sound familiar? “Lord, I am not ready. I am not strong enough! There are others who a better and more qualified than I am! If I go, they will surely see that I am a fraud!”

It should ring a bell! Day after day whenever God approaches us with his vision for us, our responses are centred around our feelings of our own inadequancy. We forget that there is nothing to hard for God.

 

A QUICK STORY

In 2005, I started high school. My mom struggled to find lunch money for me daily. But God was already working things out long before we even knew there would be a need. Before leaving primary school, I caught the attention of the vice principal. Through her, her sister took an interest in me. Unbeknownst to my mother, her sister lobbied on my behalf at her place of employment. One day, shortly after beginning school, I was called to the guidance counsellor’s office. Through the sister’s lobbying, two total strangers committed to giving me lunch money for the remainder of my high school tenure.

 

THE POINT OF THE QUICK STORY

As I sat in the stillness, awaiting God’s voice, He reminded me of this aspect of my story.

With God at the forefront, the “im” in “impossible” becomes “I’m Possible!”. Trust the visions God has for you and the journey they require. Even though to the natural eye, there may be many things to fear, trust Him because there is not too hard for Him. He places us where we should be and has long ago put measures into play to ensure we come out on top.

So, is there anything too hard for God? No, there is not!


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It Will Fit in Due Season – Part 2

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As I stood reviewing my 2019 vision board, I felt a bit saddened by the fact that I had not made significant progress on my number 1 goal. This goal I had simply labeled “House” to indicate my desire to own my own home.

As I stood in my disappointment, the Lord spoke to me:

God: “Are you sure what you wanted to be done regarding house aligned with my intent?”

Me: (confused) “Lord, what do you mean?”

He then reminded me that at the beginning of 2019, I had expressed a strong desire to move from the house and area in which I was renting because I did not like the landlord/his son and disliked the surrounding area and what it represented. He then guided my thoughts to the fact that I was now standing in a different house. After house-hunting for 3 months, He had guided me to an apartment that I fell in love with on sight. He had also provided the means to ensure that I could afford to live there comfortably.

At the reminder, I paused, stunned. My perspective of the goal had not been realized but God’s has. Not only that, I had wasted an entire year trying to make my version of the goal fit in a season that it was not meant to bear fruit. It was then the thought dropped in my spirit: “When writing and acting on the vision, ensure your version of the goal aligns with God’s.”

So often in our haste to achieve what God has promised us, we fail to confirm that our version of the vision aligns with His. In that moment, I could relate to Abraham whom God had promised would become the father of many nations. To fulfil this promise, God intended to give Abraham and his wife a true heir, a legitimate son, in the right season.

However, it would seem that Abraham and Sarah’s desire did not align with God’s. Tired of  waiting for the true heir, their desire centered on just getting a “son”. Similar to my definition of “house” that misaligned with God’s seasonal intent, Abraham’s definition of “son” misaligned with God’s intended season of provision. Their desire for that son led to them “helping” God out. So, Abraham had an illegitimate son (Ishmael) with Hagar, his wife’s handmaid.

The story doesn’t end there! In due season, just as He had promised, God gave Abraham and Sarah the promised son (Issac) and Hagar and Ishmael are sent away when Issac is weaned.

Today, the repercussions of that misalignment are still evident. The descendants of Issac and Ishmael still disagree over who is the true heir to Abraham’s Covenant blessings. From this disagreement stems the Middle East conflict between the Arabs (Muslims) and the Jews.

Wouldn’t you agree that it would have been better if Abraham had waited? I am happy that my reprecussions were just limited to roadblocks and disappointments.

Don’t rush the process. Take time to consult God and trust the pace of Grace. Ensure you and God are aligned on the goals He wants you to work on. Don’t miss God’s season of provision because you focused on the wrong goal. Once God has ordained it, whatever you are waiting for will fit in due season.


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It Will Fit in Due Season – Part 1

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I bought a lovely blue dress about three years ago, on an impulse. I eagerly awaited the package’s arrival but much to my disappointment, when it arrived, there was something wrong! The dress was too big for my slender frame. Disappointed, I hung it up and forgot about it.

Two years later, my best friend got married. Hunting for a dress amongst the clothing I owned, I came across the dress. I fell in love with it all over again. I tried it on. Again much to my disappointment, though it fit better than the last time, its fit was still not perfect. Swallowing my disappointment, I once again banished the dress to a hanger.

In the midst of reorganizing, following a relocation, I came across the dress. As I made to throw it away in the give-away pile, a voice stopped me: “Suppose it fits this time?” I stopped. With reluctance I shifted the dress over my head and was shocked. This time it fit perfectly! Amazed, I dashed to my mirror and did a twirl to check how I looked from all angles. After three years, my dress felt like it was made for me. It was then the thought dropped in my spirit: “It will fit in due season.”

I can’t help but think about David. He was anointed king long before he was actually appointed king. Like my dress and I, maybe he thought that once he was anointed, he would have been immediately fit for the role and perhaps be taken to the palace to be appointed. Instead, he was sent back to the fields. The role was still too big for him. He was not ready.

Eventually, he was called to the palace. I can just imagine his excitement. Maybe his time had finally come! After all, he had killed a lion and a bear and had been anointed. But again the fit was not quite right. He was called to the palace as a musician. He was called to serve the one he was anointed to succeed.

Can you imagine how he would have felt after killing Goliath and hearing the songs that declared him better than Saul? Yet still, his season had not yet come. The role did not yet fit. He was not ready.

One of the things I love about David was his attitude during the wait. Declared a man after God’s own heart, though he was anointed, he waited to be appointed. He waited and served patiently during the seasons when it seemed like his time had surely come. He didn’t try to hasten God and make the timing of his fit come faster by killing Saul when he had the opportunity. He waited patiently and when his time came, his role fitted him perfectly.

Don’t rush the process. Don’t become impatient and throw away your purpose. Trust the pace of Grace. Once God has ordained it, whatever you are waiting for will fit in due season.


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Birthday Countdown – Reflections (Part 1)

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Today is the first day of April. April 1st marks the countdown to my 26th birthday. I’ve decided to slate this period (from now to the big day) as a season of reflection. Today, on reminiscing about some of the horrible seasons that I overcame, I feel incredibly grateful.

Recently, I had a conversation, with a friend about some of the seasons I’ve gone through. The conversation made me realize something important. My past difficult seasons prepared me for future, more difficult, seasons. For example, dealing with a horrible breakup while attending university full-time and working part-time taught me how to handle my business despite emotional trauma. This experience prepared me for a season in my professional life where I was required to handle a difficult professional scenario while dealing with health, family and emotional difficulties. Despite the difficulties and emotional toils, I fought hard and soared! I now feel incredibly grateful for the hardships of my difficult seasons. The future benefits outweigh the past hardships.

I also feel a sense of assurance. God prepared me for something that I didn’t even know that I needed to be prepared for and through it all, He held my hand. I will echo, once again, I am grateful.


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Self-Honesty

I am an hypocrite. In fact, if many of us should stop and think about it, we are very hypocritical when it comes to being honest with ourselves. By extension, we become hypocrites with God and others because frankly, in order to be honest with God or others, you must first be honest with yourself.

I look back on some of the years I once deemed as the best of my prayer life. These were the years I spent talking to God about others and their problems. I never spoke to Him about myself beyond the face value stuff. Back then, I believed my prayer life rocked as I spent time loading on the godly platitudes, raising prayer requests and reciting all the lovely turn of phrases I had heard during service at church. I was a living-walking modern-day hypocritical Pharisee.

I look back now and laugh because I realize that in those instances I treated God as an acquaintance. I also spent a lot of time running from myself. But how could I be honest that I did not love all my neighbors? That there were some persons I truly disliked despite trying hard to find the good in them? How about areas of the Bible that I struggled to obey? How about church rules that I disagreed with and felt really strongly about? How could I acknowledge my struggles to myself much less voice them to God or anyone else? How could I bare my soul to God when I didn’t have the courage to bare it to myself? It was far easier to pretend that everything was hokey-dokey than be the sole representation of imperfection or voice of dissent. It was far easier to pretend to be the perfect Christian. Everybody else seemed to have it together, why shouldn’t I?

Those years helped no one. I know they certainly didn’t help me or my relationship with God. One of the reasons I love King David is because of his brutal honesty to God about his nature, even in moments when he is not quick on the uptake. It takes a lot to be able to acknowledge that you have messed up or that you were wrong or that you are not perfect and need help. Moments like those require you to be brutally honest with yourself and humble enough to make the acknowledgement.

Frankly, that’s the way I want to live my life. I choose to be an active participant in my life over the casual observer. I choose to be introspective and insightful. I choose to be more than the regular indoctrinated Christian. I choose to be honest with myself, God and others. I choose to live a life of honesty.

I would like you to join me in making a commitment to ourselves:

We will take the time to discover our true feelings and be honest about them to ourselves so that we can be honest with God and others.

XOXO,
Chañel.

Death Could Not Hold Him Down

For the last few nights, I’ve had difficulty sleeping soundly. There has been a few things on my mind and I kept taking naps before my sleep patterns kept getting disturbed. This habit has made me restless, edgy and tired. I also recognized that if I kept it up, I would soon be unable to function efficiently.

To make matters worse, I was ridiculously ill yesterday. I spent the day in pain, popping pills, nauseous and dizzy to the point where I kept digging my nails in my palms to fight the waves. Only God knows how I managed to stay on my feet for practically the whole day as I worked non-stop. I was unable to keep anything down until dinner. When I finally went to bed, I found that once again I was unable to sleep properly.

This morning, rare for me, I got up before my first alarm, my thoughts centered on a project that I am currently at the tail end of. It has been a long couple of months and let’s just say that the last few days have not been easy as we draw closer to the end.

Early morning found me talking to God about the project and all the moving pieces that refused to settle as well as my health. For the first time in a while, I pulled up a Benita Washington medley to listen to as I completed my morning routine. I headed into the shower singing along to the worship medley. My shower time turned into a worship session. The thought that struck with me was:

No matter how dead your situation may seem, remember you serve a God who not even death could hold Him down. Our God is ALWAYS victorious.

God used this opportunity to remind me of the many dead situations that He had resurrected in my life. He reminded me of His story where not even death could hold Him down. He, Reigning King, had conquered death and the grave. He reminded me that He’s got me covered.

For the first time in a while, my soul felt still and comforted. I knew then that everything would be okay despite what seemed to be a storm.

Folks, God is simply better than slice bread. He always sends a word or shows up on time. Today worked out well and although there is still much to be done and there was a moment when things seemed really dark, He came through.

Then again, if He is a God who conquered death, why should I worry about seemingly threatening discombobulating situations. He has never lost a battle and is always victorious. Death couldn’t hold Him down!

XOXO,
Chañel.

What Do You Say About You?

On my first solo business trip, I had several experiences that made me realise something integral. I’ve always spoken about the fact that I am interested in doing all the good I can before I die. Why? I am deeply interested in shaping what I will be known for. In my first solo week-long trip, I realised that your actions can say a lot about you.
One of the things, I am very purposeful in doing is ensuring that I sincerely thank whoever serves me. This, sometimes, resulted in me internally cringing when I realise that throughout the course of a meal, I end up telling the waiter/waitress, thank you for:

  1. Pouring my water
  2. Taking my order
  3. Bringing my order (multiple times if the meal has multiple courses)
  4. Asking if I am ready for the bill
  5. Bringing the bill
  6. Processing my payment
  7. Removing my dishes

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