"1 How well God must like you— you don’t walk in the ruts of those blind-as-bats, you don’t stand with the good-for-nothings, you don’t take your seat among the know-it-alls. 2 Instead you thrill to God’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. 3 You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom." (Psalm 1:1 - 3 MSG)
There's a rhythm and reason to it all. Many times we don't get that. We don't see it. We don't know that even though we don't understand - nay comprehend - the plan, there is a plan in motion. God recently told me to do something. I didn't get it and it was outside of what I saw for myself. Yet, I did it. Not because I understand but because I know He has a plan.
Many times over the course of the last few years, God has spoken something to me. Some of it makes no sense what so ever. Let me give you an example. One Sunday many years ago, I got up and was ready to go to church. I was excited to wear the pretty new dress I had purchased the day before. Yet, God instructed me to wear something else entirely. Not understanding but knowing there was a reason for it, I changed my mindset on what to wear. I mentioned this to a friend as we were teaching youth Sunday School. She turned and said to me, "God wanted to see if you would be obedient." This was eye opening for me. Something so small as what I would wear really wasn't about the clothing but my level of submission to Him. I realized then that if I could be submissive over the small things then I could be submissive over the larger things in life.
Submission is sometimes seen as a dirty word. Yet, it is not. Being submissive doesn't negate your importance nor your intellect. Being submissive could open the doors to a whole new world (yes, I'm hearing the Aladdin song here). BUT, you have to be submissive to the right one. You can't let your guard down for just any body because not all want whats best for you. Unfortunately, there are people out there that want you to fail. I read somewhere that when describing her childhood neighborhood, Mary J. Blige described people like crabs in a barrel. Pulling you back down just as you reach the top. This brings to mind another story I heard about a similar situation where the crab at the bottom of the barrel decided to make a whole where he was to get to his freedom instead of climbing over the other crabs to get out. So, what if we changed our perspective and saw that maybe the plan God has for us was to make a way from where we are instead of having to climb over others to get to where we are going?
Be A Blessing and Not Just Blessed