Sometimes you wonder how far you’ve got to go or for how much longer you’ve got to fight before you get a breakthrough. I’ve been there; I’ve faced certain adverse situations I wondered if I’ll ever get through but I did. I hope my story will encourage someone here and inspire them to keep going.
The precise details of my childhood are sometimes hazy memories, but there are certain events that are etched in my mind. Recently, I find myself sharing some of these events with my children during our bible study time, using them to illustrate one point or the other. My children always listen to these ‘stories’ with rapt attention, always wanting to know more. (Hmm… could this storytelling be a sign of old age?! Can’t help wondering…) Anyway, whenever I tell the stories and explain the moral behind them, they seem a bit colourful and almost unreal.
Some of these memories still bring tears to my eyes when I remember them. It wasn’t exactly palatable to see my parents separate at nine years old, while I wondered if it was my fault they are no longer together. It wasn’t fun either growing up with that guilt, longing for a home where my parents would be together and watching with envy when my friends’ parents come to visit them during visiting days, wishing I was in their shoes and yet knowing that would never be the case. I had to hang in there through the drama that follows a broken home and then a polygamous one.
There are times in our lives when we feel trapped and wonder- Will this ever end? Will the gray skies ever brighten? Will I laugh again? Will I know joy again? Will my business thrive again? The enemy leads us to believe that we are stuck in a rut and that is where our story will end, but that’s a lie; you’ll ‘breakthrough’ this!
Isaiah 43:2 says: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
I love this scripture because it assures us of victory. Bad times will come, regardless of your status in life. There will be times of passing through the waters, rivers and fires, but the assurance we have is that we will not remain there! Joseph had such a life that seemed so good and suddenly a day changed everything- he was sold into slavery, lied on by Potiphar’s wife, forgotten by the butler, etc. However, he was eventually made the Prime Minister of Egypt after many years of ‘suffering’. That was his breakthrough moment.
God permits challenges; He allows satan to unleash his works but doesn’t allow him to triumph. The story of Joseph compels us to believe that God orchestrates all the events of our lives to bring out great good.
I honestly believe one of the things that led me to give my life to Christ early was the challenging childhood I had. Maybe if I had lived the fairy tale life I longed for God would not have caught my attention.
I know this year, and probably the years before, could have been filled with questionable events- so many ‘whys’ with no answers in sight. You might have had to endure pain, but I am here to let you know you are coming out on top. Regardless of what you are going through, please refocus- take your eyes off the storm and remind yourself you will ‘breakthrough’ this.
God is good even when things are bad. What is coming will make you thank God for what is happening now. Trust God to finish the work. Let the Captain guide you to shore, despite the bad weather. Surely, He knows the path to follow. Regardless of how the year has been, your pain will not last forever. The Lord will accomplish His will. Please push on with great expectancy. Stir up faith and believe the Invincible One is walking with you. Victory is certain!