2020 started off rocky for my family, let me just begin with that. I personally had a very close encounter with death when my car lost control on the highway and began to spin three times across the highway into the median that thank God was full of grass, and onto the other side of the highway where incoming traffic was coming towards me. When I got up that morning, I had no idea what the day would bring, but that close encounter with death did two things for me. Number one, it made me grateful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that He was with me and that He allowed traffic on both sides of the highway to be far enough away from me to where they could safely stop without hitting me and He kept my vehicle from spinning into them. Yes, glory to God I came out without one single scratch! Psalm 34:7, “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.” The second thing that incident did for me was give me hope. Romans 8:24, “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?“
In 2019, I had gotten to a point in my life of which I said, “You know what, maybe my life isn’t going to get better than what it is, and I am okay with that.” Basically, my good friends, I had fixed my mind to settle for less than what God has promised me. Things hadn’t been going “my way” for so long, I had basically lost hope in my dreams and I was like, it will never happen. I thought that the visions I have of my future must be MY visions. Maybe they didn’t come from God. I thought, perhaps I heard God wrong, but I didn’t. The next scripture is confirmation, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4
Every single time that I’ve tried to give up on my dreams, a messenger from God comes to confirm that the visions and dreams in my heart are indeed from God, and He will not allow me to give up. The messenger may come in the form of a radio host, my pastor, a family member or someone on social media, but at the right time, God always sends me a message of hope. It could be a random stranger, we just never know! 😉
Nothing wakes you up though, like a close encounter with death. When I went through that, it was God’s voice saying, “Your life isn’t over, and where you are in life right now, is not where you will be forever. I keep my promises.”
In the midst of what I was going through I had not one single fear. I was in shock though, but I was not afraid. I thought, “Today’s the day.” But God! Hallelujah! To God be the glory! None of us knows what today may bring, don’t even worry about tomorrow, focus on the present. As Jesus said, “Tomorrow will worry about itself.” (See Matthew 6:34) Things that we go through in life may come as a shock to us, but nothing catches God by surprise. He always makes provision. He is the God who goes before us, to make a way! (See Deuteronomy 31:8)
Today, my good friends, I just want to remind you that God still has a plan for your life. Your current situation is not your final destination. I have been saying that quote for over four years now, and it is true. The fact that we are still in the land of the living is evidence of it! Smile! You have something to LIVE for! So, LIVE! You didn’t hear God wrong. His promises are true, no matter what you are going through. Remember, you’re just going through. Don’t be overcome by your emotions, hold fast to God and remember this every time you want to give up: This is not your end. In Jesus name.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.