April 17, 2017 by Kgalalelo
I was contemplating about an issue I was dealing with in my life and things seem to be going from bad to worse. I could see a conspiracy from the enemy to destroy and the mission was clear from all angles. The Bible says that “the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10).
It was a rough time and the following morning as I was combing my daughter’s hair in my bedroom close to the door, she grabbed the blue key holder on the door and said “Mommy, what is written on the key holder and what does it mean?” I took it from her and there the message read “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”.
I explained to my daughter that it meant that if God looked after you, there won’t be a need for anything because He provided everything. My awareness opened up right there as I realised that the message was meant for me. God was speaking to me that morning through the keyring which had to be found by my own daughter.
I was stressing about what was happening and how I seemed not to be having control over it and God of all knowledge was in tune with my mind and soul and gave me a message of comfort that I needed at that time. I immediately said ‘thank you Lord for the communication and the awareness’ as this was not much about my daughter seeking understanding but the Lord was ministering to me at my time of need, besides, my daughter is ten years old and she can read.
As soon as I was done with her hair, I went into the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee as we still had some time before we left for school and work. I clicked the kettle to boil the water and out came from my lips the song by Jonathan David Helser “I am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”. The song was impressed in my mind and I just sang out of the blue and thought ‘my God how excellent and awesome you are!’ He was giving me reassurance that there was nothing for me to fear. He used things that where around me and already inside of me to communicate and comfort me.
I hadn’t heard that song in a long time and it’s one of my favourites. I had been playing and listening to quite a number of local South African gospel music during that time and this one popped out of my head. I knew that God was up to something and I needed to relax, trust and ride on his back like a baby and see where He was taking me. God absolutely had something on His mind and I knew to trust and leave everything in His hands.
I remembered how I used to carry my own children on my back when they were still babies. I carried them when I was cleaning, doing laundry, washing the dishes and when I needed to walk to the store for some small supplies. Somehow, the back seemed to be soothing for them as when they had been crying, would suddenly stop and eventually fell asleep. I would then carefully remove them from my back and put them to sleep. The back seemed to be having a calming effect for babies and provided comfort and reassurance that they were safe.
I realised in that moment that we are like babies also in God’s eyes and He carries us the same way that we carry our babies on the back. He soothes us when we cry and comforts us when we are scared. He relieves the burden off our shoulders and carries it Himself. He walks around with us to calm us while He goes about doing other business. Nothing is too hard for Him to handle and He’s able to clean up the universe while carrying us babies on His back. He takes us for walks that we may focus on other things, smell the air and see the clear blue sky. He removes our attention from the troubles we experience and give us different perspectives. He is a mighty God; “He is our refuge and strength, our very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
My kids and I left shortly after my coffee time as they had had breakfast themselves and I took them to school and then went to work. When I arrived at the office the first thing I did was to read my e-mails and there was one I never opened from a friend of mine in Durban. It had the title “weathering the storm”. God was ministering to me fully that morning in different ways and I literally moved from one ‘sermon’ to another. The message read:
“When a ship is caught in a storm,
the captain navigates the ship towards the eye of the storm, a place of calm.
As the storm subsides, the ship continues on its journey.
Similarly, when everything around us is changing,
when there’s a storm of emotions or events,
we too can turn towards our inner calm,
here we can find strength and stability.
Then when the storm is over, we won’t be battered or depleted.
Instead we’ll be able to continue on our journey with confidence and clarity”.
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, and He uses everything that is at our disposal and the power that works in us, to Him be the glory forever and ever. Let us rejoice and be cheerful that in our time of need, God comes through for us and its instances like these where we give gratitude for the innumerable ways and methods that God uses to cool us down and we can gladly go through the rest of the day knowing that there is a ray of sunshine in any circumstance and event.
When I was studying integrated marketing communication, I learnt that every contact point communicates the message and the brand of the company; the company vehicles, the staff uniform, the media, the sales people etc. So God communicates the very same way, the message could be on the next truck that passes you by, the song on the radio, the next meeting you attend and so forth. Pay attention and listen and be grateful that God’s resources are infinite.
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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