Yesterday was the 31st of December, 2013. I felt mega excited about crossing over into the new year. As I said my morning prayers, my level of faith and optimism towards my achieving ALL my goals in 2014 was very high. On a scale of 1-10, I’d say 10.
Today is January 1st, 2014. I woke up this morning to begin writing this blog. I realized all that motivation had dropped from 10 to 2. Why am I writing such a crappy, discouraging story on the first day of a new year? That’s because someone else out there is tired of the same crappy life…year in, year out…same ol, same ol.
For those who live on earth believing there’s a God. You may have tried your best to live your life as a good person. You work hard, don’t steal, don’t cheat and don’t envy. You pray and even fast hoping that God would smile on your good efforts with favour, yet nothing fantastic ever comes your way. To make matters worse, those who do not care half about living a godly life seem to be having a ball…living YOUR dream, while it seems your life is wasting away…CRAPPY!
I’ll share with you a bible story which strengthens me when everything I see around me seem to spell failure…
The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for 430 years. After all their cries and groaning, you wouldn’t believe God’s perfect master plan for delivering HIS CHILDREN. He sent a lily-livered fugitive, who had a speech impediment. The deliverer’s ‘weapon of mass destruction’? A crooked shepherd’s staff.
With the shepherd’s staff, God used Moses to send 10 plagues to Egypt. The magicians in Egypt said, “Oh yeah? Big deal!” and they duplicated almost all the 10 plagues with their black magic.
FIRST SIGN OF VICTORY
Then came the time for the Israelites to leave Egypt as free men. God hypnotised the Egyptians so that His children looted a large part of Egypt’s wealth…their reward for the blood and sweat sacrificed to build Egypt’s civilization. That moment when they went to bed as slaves and woke up as wealthy free men.
They were naive, not confident about where they were going or what to expect in the “promised land.” Even with all that gold they had looted, They were totally clueless about how to carry themselves or act as rich men because their mindset had been institutionalized for over 4 centuries by their slave masters. They were filled with FEAR.
Their God knew this so He led them by day as a pillar of cloud and by night as a pillar of fire.
Then they got to the Red Sea. Moses had no means of crossing over a million people to the other side of the sea. FEAR overwhelmed them again…so much that they were so blind to see that the Pillar of Cloud had never left them, one second. They started to cuss Moses out instead of thinking of a way out.
Pharaoh had snapped out of his hypnosis. He felt like a fool. He gathered his troops and rode his chariot in mad anger to catch up with his fleeing slaves. When he saw they were stuck between the devil [Pharaoh] and the deep ‘Red Sea’, a wicked grin played across his lips. “I’ve got them now!” he thought to himself. The Israelites were doomed!!
ELEVENTH HOUR MIRACLE
At this point, Moses, the lily-livered fugitive who stammered was so confident and he knew exactly what to say. Moses said:
“Don’t be afraid! Stand still, and see what the Lord will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. The Lord is fighting for you! So be still!”
All through that night, The Lord through a pillar of fire, blocked the Egyptians. They couldn’t get to the Israelites. God parted the Red Sea and they walked in the middle on dry land even as their enemies were barricaded by a pillar of fire. Now pause and imagine this…
The maximum depth of the Red Sea is 7, 254 feet (2211 metres). It has a surface area of roughly 438,000 km² (169,100 miles²). It is about 2250 km (1398 miles) long and, at its widest point, 355 km (220.6 miles) wide. So you can imagine how high the walls of water were on each side and how deep down the Israelites went to trek on dry land. Amazing isn’t it?
God just went from performing ‘crappy miracles’ to showing mankind the most amazing phenomena of all times! He saved His best for last. Why did God alter nature in such a hair-raising manner in order to prove a point? Very simple.
YOU ARE SPECIAL
In your own eyes, you may think you’re worthless. But in God’s eyes you’re the most special, precious, priceless human to ever walk the face of the earth. If you trust Him wholeheartedly; knowing that he’s cooking up the perfect plan to make you a success, then you shall accomplish all you set your heart upon.
Don’t ever let anyone, any circumstance or any challenge tell you different. HOLD ON and HOLD OUT. Trust, trust and trust again in Him. He always shows up at the eleventh hour…just when all hope is lost…so that you KNOW that it was Him and no one else who did it.
Cross over with this thought into 2014 and see if it won’t be your most successful year yet. You have a clean slate in 2014…the power of a winning mindset. Use it well. Do away with the slave mentality.
I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2014. Love you all with every heartbeat.