There is no time like the present and waiting for Sunday further delays our progress. In case you missed it, 2020 arrived in grand style. A subtle calm before the storm to say the least. This year has brought us a worldwide pandemic, an even more public unveiling of injustices that, for 400+ years black people have dealt with in and outside of the workplace, grocery store and even our front yards.
Moments where getting through the next second seems like a physical task because of what we see before our eyes. Well friends, no matter how hard this is...it's time to let you in on a little secret.
Stop waiting for the dust to settle.
Don’t wait for things to “go back” to normal. Remember to stop and celebrate – give yourself those flowers – it’s important. Stop waiting for when the coast is clear to wade the waters and most importantly, don’t wait for Sunday.
– part of breaking the strongholds of anxiety, fear, chronic worry and those doubts that trail alongside us are not always waiting for us in the pulpit on Sunday.
In the Word of God, when dealing with anxieties God tells us one thing plain and clear in Matthew 6:34, “Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” But, let’s be real I used to read that verse and would get EVEN more anxious from the fear of the unknown. The root of so many of our issues, worries and concerns stems from this fear. Sometimes justified and oftentimes perpetual. Yes, I am a Believer and do believe that God works on our behalf, but part of breaking the strongholds of anxiety, fear, chronic worry and those doubts that trail alongside us are not always waiting for us in the pulpit on Sunday.
We have to do the work too.
Doing the work is more than praying for deliverance but it also lies in seeking the help you need to accompany those prayers. Long gone are the days where therapy and the Body of Christ cannot coexist. Showing up for yourself in these moments requires a grace that allows you to figure out what that “therapy” is for you.
I stopped waiting on Sunday in 2015. I’d like to think that my “big girl” faith journey started there. Everything was fine. I’d finally enrolled in school, I was a 4.0 student, my future was looking bright! But then there was one day when everything just changed. The sun would shine but I’d be depressed or I’d cry for days and weeks until I couldn’t, so I would just sit and hope that the next moment would free me from the mental pain I was experiencing. I didn’t know that I was dealing with anxiety and depression until I talked to someone. This shows up in various forms and for everyone, treatment is different. Nonetheless, it was a long road to where I am now and trust me when I say, I'm still on the journey of discovery.
I didn’t know it yet but I was doing myself a favor in that season by pressing in and surrendering to what God knew would happen.
So, why is that important? Because even in those moments, that's where my faith glistened. I didn’t know it yet but I was doing myself a favor in that season by pressing in and surrendering to what God knew would happen. Nothing in this life comes as a surprise to God – ever. Even when the world around you is spinning out of control, on the brink of a breakdown or trying to make it to your next payday, He already knew that you would be here.
Everything works according to his purpose, friends, I’ve experienced enough in my young adult life to know and proclaim that from the mountain tops – and I cosign that. Still don’t believe me? Dive deeper in the Word of God and listen to what he tells you so that you can build a relationship with Him. His love and care for us is unconditional and unmatched by any other being walking this earth! In so many words, He loves us and He sent Jesus to take care of any and everything we would experience that tries to make us feel less than.
So, I know that this journey isn’t easy, especially considering everything happening around us and walking with Christ is FAR from easy, but the journey is worth every stumble because “no word from God will ever fail” (Luke 1:37). He has it all mapped out for us, even when waiting for Sunday seems like our only hope.