Summer seems to be my pruning season. It’s always the time of year when I have the most downtime and I’m really able to get away and hang with God. (Un)Fortunately (lol), this is also the time He seems to get all up in my business and tell me about myself.
Now if you’ve ever had God chin check you, you know that mess hurts harder than you can imagine and it usually takes a moment to recover. Over the years, I’ve learned to use music to help me through my recovery process. It soothes the pain while encouraging me to keep moving.
In 2010, my recovery song was Deitrick Haddon and Darwin Hobb’s “He’s Able.” I needed a miracle and this song reminded me that it was in fact possible for God to perform that miracle. I looped this song in my car literally all summer long and by August 7th, I had my miracle.
During the summer of 2011, I had a whole playlist entitled His Presence. Yeah, it was that serious, lol. That summer was truly a season of transition for me and it required constant guidance and direction. Just like always, my God showed up and showed out. Thanks, God.
And here we are in 2012. Everything I’ve been working towards for the past 10 years seems so close, yet so far away at the same time. I’m physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted. Part of me thinks it would be easier if I threw my hands up and walked away from it all. But God. As far away as everything seems, something in my Spirit keeps telling me I’m closer than I’ve ever been, continuously motivates me to push on and refuses to let me quit. Thus, all I can do is keep going.
This summer Marvin Sapp and Goapele are keeping me focused with their songs “Not the Time, Not the Place” and “Closer.” I’ve including them below in hopes that they will encourage you as they encourage me. As you continue on your journey towards your goals, dreams and aspirations remember:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
Check Your Faith Walk
Midday message from @livelovekia.
Storified by Kia · Wed, Jun 20 2012 19:31:23