I was thinking about what to post and the story of my former Bishop came to mind. I sat under his leadership for about 2 years.
My family had known he and his wife at the time, for many years and while I sat under his leadership, his beautiful wife was dealing with cancer. It seemed as though she had overcome, but sadly she did not and she went home to be with the Lord.
They had been married for many years and I can only imagine his grief in losing his mate of so many years. I believe they were married over 30 years.
Because the Bishop was a Godly man, he knew that he needed to be married again so he sought the Lord concerning another wife and God led him to his God ordained wife and I believe they have been married a couple of years now. I know you are probably thinking that there is nothing really unusual about the story. Here is where it gets amazing:
I heard him share his testimony about his new wife and how years earlier God had given her a prophetic word, through him, about them working in ministry together and him being a covering for her. At the time, he was married to his first wife so naturally, it was all about ministry. He shared that he tried to get together with her for ministry, but God did not allow it. He never imagined that marriage would be the outcome of that prophetic word spoken years earlier. Fast forward they are working together in ministry, Pastors of a church and of course he is her covering, both spiritually and as her husband.
When I first heard this story it blew my mind. It was like I saw how God’s ways really are. God knew that this man would lose his wife and the provision was made and announced many years earlier for the next choice. What I love the most is how happy he is to be with his new wife. God gave him just what he needed!
Listen, we don’t know what is down the road. But God does. And every provision has been made, whether it’s a mate, a job, a move, business etc. No matter what, trust Him!
Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Today, I felt nothing but great joy. There is nothing like knowing that you are letting go and letting God. Right now, I am just anxious to make my move.
I’m telling you one day you will read this blog and I am going to write these two words (or post this picture):
I’m at the place where NOTHING is going to stop me from obeying God.
I thought I had more to say for part 2 of this, but really there is nothing more to say.
I don’t know why I am up at 5:15am writing, but I felt strongly that I needed to and I have learned when prompted, I need to obey. The Lord always has a reason as to the why.
Recently (in the past few months) the Lord has restored a vision he gave me about relocating and having a family. I was sharing in my last post how we can replace a right vision with a wrong one and that is what I did. But I am back on track now and let me tell you how God got my attention.
God used two very miserable holidays to get my attention. That would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. I come from a very large family and since I have been in Florida, I have been far from family. I do have a half-sister who lives 15 minutes away, but sadly she is pretty anti-social. But God getting my attention really started last summer when hurricane Irma came and my sister-in-law made a plea to me to “come to Georgia” to avoid the storm. Although I didn’t go to avoid the storm, I knew God was speaking to me through her words. But I was still very blind because I thought God just wanted me to take a trip. So I started planning a trip.
I was all set to take this trip, but I didn’t have one thing and that was the provision. I know that may sound crazy to some, but when you live by faith, sometimes it’s just that way. I’ve had God provide for me on the same day that I needed to take a trip, so I know it can happen. After I didn’t go to Georgia, I was very disappointed, but I also knew there was a reason. I just didn’t understand it yet. Fast forward to two miserable holidays. Thanksgiving was a nightmare. I have never been that depressed, but after Thanksgiving I had a breakthrough.
One night the Lord told me to leave the television on while I was sleeping. I never intentionally sleep with the television on, but I obeyed the voice of the Lord and put the TV on the Christian Station (TBN) and drifted off to sleep. Around 5 am I was awakened to Pastor John Gray from Joel Osteens church sharing how he met his wife in Atlanta. He said that God spoke to him to move there and God spoke to her to move there and that was the place they met. Well honestly I stared at the TV in disbelief. You see, I had so buried the vision that I was baffled. But God woke me up in time to hear what Pastor Gray was saying. You see the Lord blocked my trip because he was talking about a geographical move, not a trip.
For the next few weeks I pondered it in my heart and it wasn’t until I said yes to the Lord again, that the misery and depression lifted and I knew God was telling me that if I wanted to have a mate and a family, I would have to relocate to Georgia. And if I didn’t relocate it wasn’t going to happen. All I could say was yes Lord!! (to be continued)
Genesis 12:1Living Bible (TLB)
12 God had told Abram, “Leave your own country behind you, and your own people, and go to the land I will guide you to.