How have you all being? I apologize I haven’t been here in a while, it just occurred that I didn't even write any article for the month of March. So much to do, work wise but I kept noting the inspirations I got and I would be publishing them in the next few days/weeks.
Permit me to quickly share with you an inspiration I got whilst praying a couple of days ago. I was having a conversation in my mind about how I have fared in my walk with God. You see, I have been born again for about nineteen years (19) and I have had a lot of ups and downs in my Christian race. One of those worth mentioning is when my dad asked me to leave the house if being born again was the route I was going to take (what you would call persecution). I remember also when I had the opportunity of leading a fellowship of both students and indigenes back in University. Hmmmn….. I have had moments of great zeal such as going for night vigils about 3 times in a week; beautiful moments of service to God in different departments, rural outreaches and all sorts. I am glad I am still very born again; I have grown over the years in my walk with God and I have enjoyed deeper levels with God.
So as I was reminiscing in prayers about where I started from in my Christian sojourn; remembering the challenges, the good times and the not too pleasant ones, it occurred to me, there are 4 stages of a man's experience in his work with the Lord and in his sojourn as a Christian.
ON EAGLES WINGS
The first (1st) season is when the Lord bares us on Eagle's wings. This season of Life is when we have just come to know the Lord. It’s a beautiful discovery that Christ loved us so much that He gave His life for us. As we work with the Lord, we experience a satisfaction that comes from knowing Him and His zeal consumes us so much. Things might be tough around us but we don’t even notice, all we want is just that inexplicable fellowship with the lover of our souls. For some people, before they make a prayer request, the answer drops right in front of us. The Lord does the SOARING; we just cruise on His altitude. We fly so high, achieve so much and many times, it’s as if we are doing these things by our own power. Little do we realize God is the one flying, doing all the work. This we often experience many times at the beginning of our Christian sojourn. The Israelites experienced this season just as they came out of Egypt. They had been delivered from years of bondage and had just experienced a real life drowning of their enemies in the Red sea as it paved way for them to cross over. I doubt if any movie producer can depict that act in any way close to the way it happened.
“Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. (Exodus 19:3b-4)
CARRIED IN HIS ARMS
The second (2nd) season is when He starts to WALK and He carries us. This time around, movement may be a little slower but He's still the one doing the walking. We are safely tucked in His loving arms. At this stage, we do not necessarily realize the drop in the speed of movement and little do we realize there are trials and temptations; because we just breeze through them in His arms. He does the navigation and the making straight of the paths.
He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. (Isaiah 40:11)
Even to your old age, I am He and even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.(Isaiah 46:4)
WALKING THROUGH IT ALL
The third (3) season is when He put us down, for us to WALK by ourselves, BUT He walks with us. This is the season of …”when I walk -through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4), “when I walk through the fire and the waters”.....These are times when it looks like God isn't with us and life's circumstances become too heavy to bear. He guides us but we do the navigation by ourselves. Sometimes we miss it and have to come back but He never leaves us. These are the most difficult times. At this stage of our walk with God is when godly character is built in us. Many a times, we linger too much because we do not learn the lessons we are meant to learn. Imagine the Israelites staying in the wilderness for 40 years and almost all of them perishing there.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.( Isaiah 43:2)
MOUNT WITH WINGS
The last season which is the fourth (4th) is the stage of "those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength and MOUNT UP with wings as Eagles" .....After walking and learning to "wait" on Him, He qualifies us to be able to soar by ourselves. Remember we started out with Him by soaring: but He was the one doing the soaring with us on His wings. This time around we soar, and soar, our arms strengthened; we can look into challenges in the eye and remain unshaken”. At this stage, just like any other stage, He is still with us, because "underneath are His everlasting arms"
The eternal God is your refuge,
And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’( Deuteronomy 33:27).
When it looks like we are going to fall, His arms are right under to pick us. We have mastered the art of walking, we have known what it means to abound and abase and there's nothing that can shake us any longer. And at this stage, we can pour out ourselves to be a blessing to many around us.
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.( Isaiah 40:31).
Friend, have you been able to identify what season of life you are? No matter how tough things are, I can assure you God loves you much and He will never let go of you. Do not jettison the lessons of each season! Don’t give up your walk with God because of your present challenges or whatever you may be going through. It's a process, a tunnel and soon you will burst into light and limelight. Ever imagined what Joseph went through those 13 years interval between his dream and when he became Egypt's Prime Minister?
The lessons of life become your trophies, don't throw them away!
You will have a safe landing!
Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour yet? If you don’t, then say the prayers Here.
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