Okay! One of my favorite articles on my blog so far is “Where do you really think you’re going”. I know different readers here have different favorites. Yes, I understand and it’s okay 🙂 .
My major reason for liking that particular post goes beyond the fact that I wrote it. It’s more about the revelation from Big J. The conversation was very sweet and personal.
Let me talk about “Abide” before I digress from my point. LOL! So, I thought about our conversation concerning where I currently am and His instruction about not moving an inch (you can catch up on what I am talking about here ). But you know how sometimes you just want to do your own thing. You just believe God doesn’t understand and, maybe just maybe, you need to ‘help’ yourself, even if that means going the opposite direction God showed you. Amen?
So it happened that God’s way was really looking like a loooooong thing. And you know…I don’t like to wait. So I thought to do my own thing. Of course, I know it’s 101% different from God’s plan. But hey, it’s going to happen faster. LMAO.
But after thinking and thinking about how I intended to carry out my plans, one day, I decided to just mention it to God. More like “let it not be like I didn’t tell You o”. So I entered the restroom at work (I like to do this a lot. LOL) and just shared a simple prayer. Like “Father, this your plan is looking like a really loooooong thing and I am considering going the other direction. But then, even for the other direction to succeed, I need you to bless it and open doors”. What was I really thinking when I prayed that prayer? Like God would change His mind and say “Hmm. Makes sense. Let’s try your way”? LMAO.
The moment I finished my prayer, as I was about to open the door, I had a nudge to read Psalm 91. To be honest, that nudge had been there for few days prior to that day. But for whatever reason, I never opened it, let alone read it. But after this conversation, that nudge came again. And as usual, I waved it off. (You’re probably thinking – ‘Arin what’s your problem sef?’ – truth is, I don’t even know. LMAO) .
As I was saying before you interrupted, the nudge stayed in my heart… only this time, it became stronger. As I walked out, I muttered it to myself “Psalm 91”. Then I clearly heard “Abide”… and somehow Psalm 91 came back to me again and this phrase “Abide in Me and I’ll abide in you”. You can say the word “Abide” got my attention. So I quickly walked to my table and checked Psalm 91 and boom ‘abide’ was there “ He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”. I have read this verse several times before now, but never really understood it like I did this time. My understanding of Psalm 91:1 now is “The person who walks with God must necessarily follow God’s leading whether it makes sense or not”. We cannot call ourselves Christians and indulge in willful disobedience. You know this is what God has asked you to do, but, for whatever reason, you think the opposite will be beneficial and happen faster. Faster? Maybe. But beneficial, I am not sure.
The second reference for abide addressed my gragra of going my own way “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me”.
From past experiences, I know it pays to abide and just do what you know in your heart God wants you to do. You might not agree with it… it might take longer than you’d have love to… but God’s ways always work.
Today, my suggestion to us (you & I) is very simple: When it seems God’s way is taking longer than you imagined and you’re getting weary and beginning to wonder if God was serious about it in the first place, that’s when we need to say “I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”. And you can count on one thing “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler “.