The essential, unequivocal truth is that we are all on a journey somewhere. Where? Who knows, but there is hope even in the unknown, victory in opposition, and clarity in surrendering.
The Byway My-way
As unfortunate as it is for me to admit I am one that struggles with pride – a great sense of pride. The only people that can attest to this are those that know the real me, the Mardy that many do not see. I struggle with being wrong, I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist in more areas than none, and I detest the fact that at times I can be inadequate. I have never liked to ask for help and I have always had this ‘I can do it myself’ type of attitude. That’s my truth, but the old saying goes, “The higher you climb, the harder you fall.”
I must have reached my peak because humility knocked me down on the same path I had become familiar with. Life happened. The byway abruptly turned into a dark, musky alley. I lost all control. I became disoriented seeing that I had to submit myself to something other than myself. The world as I knew it changed instantaneously. This experience was not pleasant, but it was necessary.
It’s uncanny how life has to happen for one to seek God. And that is exactly what I had to do. ‘My-way’ became God-way; “Tre-Wayyy”. My prayer life grew, I began reading the Bible more than occasionally, and attending church via YouTube or Apple Podcast. My overly self-sufficient nature began to crumble and my perspective drastically altered.
I found liberation in not being the only one in the ring fighting. I made decisions that were in alignment with His will for my life, some being quite difficult to grasp and even more arduous to implement. I withdrew my acceptance into a doctoral program and started down a road towards self reflection. I had to remove myself and my desires so that He could begin to move in ways unimaginable. In doing so, I was able to receive my “theme” for the new year – Release: God Provides.
The Road Less Traveled
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
– Robert Frost
This year has been self-proclaimed and divinely endorsed to be the year of internal growth, spiritual development, and career advancement not only for myself, but for every life-force attached to me. Our roads may vary, but the result shall be the same. Why? Because it has been divinely decreed and ordained.
“I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24 NLT
Oftentimes we do not have, not because we are not deserving or unqualified, but because we simply do not articulate, plan, and submit. Other times it equates to our lack of effort, or dare I say faith.
Yes, life happens and it always will. Yet, there is an undisturbed, uninterrupted truth — “I [God] have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
There is victory even in life’s shortcomings. It was never said the ‘road to there’ would be easy. In fact, Jesus stated, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT) THAT’S THE VICTORY! No matter what internal or external battles you endure, He has overcome even that.
The Powers that be have allowed life to happen to equip you to be the best version of yourself. Your journey has been uniquely contrived so that you may be a beacon of light in a world that follows the same paths and dawdles the same course. But you have been called to “MOVE DIFFERENT“. Your power source is unlimited, untainted, and sadly underutilized. Embrace your processes and move towards your best life by submitting yourself and your desires to the One that is able to enable all that you can fathom. Take the road less traveled by and experience life in abundance. This is OUR SEASON!