WHY THE LONG FACE?


I was jolted back to reality as the train came to its final stop, which was my destination. The icy wind blowing against my face overwhelmed my sleepy eyes, and my feet went from walking to running to ward off the cold as I embarked on my twenty minutes’ walk to work.

January was such a cold month; everyone wore a long face as they hurried past others. Only yesterday we cheered and said our “happy new years!’’ with excitement and dreams of a better and greater year ahead. Where was all the excitement and why all the gloominess? I caught a reflection of my face in a nearby mirrored door. Huh, who is that girl? I looked no different from the faces that walked past me. It was not just about the cold weather; my slumped shoulders said a lot.

Hmmm. I  remember starting the new year with so many hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Somewhere amidst the hustle and monotony of life, amidst the reality that a new year does not automatically mean that all the challenges of the previous year suddenly disappear. Somewhere in the middle of all that, I had allowed all that was ahead of me, overwhelm me.  I had caught a glimpse of the Giant, like the children of Isreal and it terrified me. I had been stuck between asking; “how can this be the Lord?” and finding the faith to say, “Let it be done to me according to thy word.”

I remember the mighty things God had laid in my heart to be accomplished this year, the grand visions and projects. I walked out of that New Year service on the 1st of January 2019, with renewed passion, vigour and a can-do spirit. Where had all that gone?  It’s rather too early in the year to get discouraged I thought to myself; too early to throw in the towel, too early to lose steam for the race hadn’t even begun. Why did I suddenly feel like what was ahead of me was insurmountable? Why was I feeling doubtful that God would not do all that He had said He would do in and through me. I realised that it was an old trick of the enemy, same strategy, same approach. Attack her mind and fill it with lies, maybe she might believe and forget how big, mighty and great the one who lives in her is.

Truth is God would never call you to anything that doesn’t seem bigger or greater than you. The dreams, ideas, visions are no small feat, and it would take relying entirely on God’s direction and help to achieve them. But with God, it is so possible, so doable, so achievable.  We are who God says we are and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. So, I welcomed the month of February and I am determined to go for the gusto, to take small steps daily that would bring me closer to the realisation of my dreams.

Today, I encourage myself to stay on course, to face courageously the giants that present before me on my journey to destiny. To take up my shield of faith that is God’s word and tear down every lie and falsehood of the devil. I refuse to believe that I cannot, that I am not and that I have not, what it takes to be victorious.

My God-given dreams and ideas are so possible and so are yours. What visions and goals did you start the year out with that now seem like wishful thinking? What lies has the enemy been telling you about those goals you have set. How about the ones you haven’t dared to write down yet? Refute every lie and take courage. Keep advancing towards that desired future by taking small steps daily to achieve your goals. Regardless of what is happening around you, keep your eyes on the price and trust that God can lead you every step of the way.

My prayer is that we fulfil destiny. I pray that we would be focused and live every day to the fullest. And that this year we would see, seize and secure every opportunity that presents before us, that we would find the courage to keep on keeping on, even in the face of discouragement in Jesus’ name. Amen. Keep winning.

Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.

Isaiah 41:10-13
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.  Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all.  For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Luke 1:34-37 NIV
How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.

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