YOU are where you supposed to be!

I had a moment yesterday. I was thinking about all the transformations that had occurred in my life… all the things I got right thus far and the things that… I got wrong. For a minute, I didn’t feel as though I had done anything to be proud about. My negatives outweighed the positives. Yeah, I graduated high school at seventeen but it took me almost twenty-two years to get my bachelor’s degree. I got married and raised two children with my husband, but I am still in an apartment. I lost weight (mostly due to MS) but I am still not as active as I should be. I can’t remember the last time I did any good exercise. I pay my bills but I am still not where I want to be with my credit. You get where I am going with this?

No matter how much you do in life, you will always find an area where you could have done better. Does that mean you are a failure? For a while, I thought that was exactly what it meant. Then I took my complaints to God and He gave me clarity, as he oftentimes does. Even though I am not where I want to be, or where I think I supposed to be, I am where I am designed to be, at this point and time in my life.

My husband was reading the Bible last night and he was in the book of Ecclesiastes. He was reading the part where it speaks about there being a time and place for everything. The writer speaks about a lot of events, even death. There is a time and season for everything!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, A time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die…

We may want to rush things and make things go faster than they are going… currently, but how many times has God told us to simply wait? Now, that has been my issue because I feel, in my little mind, that I can control things and get things done quicker. How prideful and ignorant of me! I have little to do with the advancement in my life. It does not matter how many degrees you get, how good your credit score is, where you live… none of that, God has the last say. There are people with all of the desired degrees, that did not wake up this morning or are on their sick bed. They probably had plans that they wanted to fulfill also but God has the final say.

So with that, I rose from prayer with a smile. This verse, also found in Ecclesiastes, comforted my soul this morning… “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 

I decided to personally paraphrase this verse, as I oftentimes do, to fit my situation. “God has made everything beautiful in my life. He has also put eternity in my heart! (Even though I try to) I cannot find out what God has done from my beginning to my end.” Unlike before, I am okay with that! I will trust His sovereignty in my life knowing that HE is in control, not me, and if I am in HIS will, I am where I supposed to be! Amen and blessings!

Accountability vs. the Devil

We have all heard it far too often… “The devil is busy child! You know he had me sick to my stomach the other week? I could hardly make my way to church! He is always up to something!” 

True enough, the devil is always doing something. It is his job to be on our case. After all, he is the accuser of the brethren and he does a great job at pointing his finger at us. I won’t deny that he has tried to make me look bad to God on many occasions. Can I tell you something? He won’t lying all the time. Some stuff he said I did or thought… was true. In that instance, that wasn’t the devil’s fault. He was just making a case off of some true evidence.

All of us have a problem playing the victim. “But Yada you don’t understand! He be at me all the time though… I mean always tempting me and making me do wrong. It DO be the devil!” You may be telling the truth to some point but we have to remember what the Word says. Whenever we are tempted, God always provides a way of escape.

The verse reads: God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).

So where does this place us? If we are being “tempted”, remember that it is not more than we can bear. This is where the accountability factor comes in. Just like the woman said earlier about how the enemy or the devil was trying to get her sick. She probably didn’t mention that she ate something she wasn’t supposed to eat. That wasn’t the devil’s fault. You eating it was your fault and now you have to be accountable for the results of your actions.

You can’t drink all of your life and then say the enemy gave you cancer in your liver. Really? No, that was you boo. Recognize your place in any situation and if needed, ask God to show you the way of escape. How we say? “Won’t HE do it?!” Yes He will!! Be blessed and stay accountable 😉