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As They Went

 

Dear Beautiful One,

I trust that you are well and that this post meets you in great spirits. 


Some time ago, I had a task at work that seemed very convoluted. I wasn't quite sure how to go about it, but as I started, it became clearer what I needed to do and how I needed to go about it. I have come to realise that one of the most significant milestones one could ever deal with is starting and because the enemy knows this, he tries to keep us from starting. Keeps us from starting to obey God or cultivating the right attitude or association. 

 

This and other similar occurrences made me begin meditating on the power of starting. Often we are faced with so many undaunted decisions and uncertainties and get conflicted about the aftermath of a decision even before we begin. Frankly, we will never know what lies ahead if we never start. So the best way to know what lies ahead is to start. Start from where you are. Clarity comes from doing.

My pastor usually buttresses this point using the analogy of a car. He would say no matter how fast or luxurious a vehicle is, its headlamp cannot see the entire distance to be covered. But as the car moves, the headlamp sees farther, and the route gets clearer.


Reading through scriptures, I observed that many miracles manifested 'as they went. 

1. The Miracle at the Wedding in Cana: After Jesus' mother told the servants, "whatever he tells you to do, do it", Jesus told them to fill the pots with water and dish from the water to the guests. As the water was in transit and got to the hand of the master of the ceremony, it had turned to wine. That tells us that 'as they went, the miracle of turning water into wine was taking place (John 2:5-9)
2. The Healing of the 10 Lepers: When Jesus saw the lepers, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. - Luke 17:11-14
3. The Miracle feeding of the 5,000: In Matthew 14:14-19, we saw how Jesus fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. After giving thanks, he gave it to the disciples to distribute to the people, and as the disciples went, they had enough to give to everyone present, and there was leftover afterwards. 
4. Naman's HealingNaman's healing did not occur until he dipped himself in Jordan. i believe his skin was being healed as he dipped himself each time until the seventh time. "So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy" (2Kings 5:1-14).
5. Abraham's Calling: In Genesis 13:14-17, we saw God promised Abram as far as his eyes could see. However, the promise was the premise of him first walking through the land. One would think that Abraham knew where he was headed, but the bible records in Hebrews 11:8 that "By faith, Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going". Abraham did not know what or where God was calling him to in Genesis 12 and Genesis 13, but we saw that he stepped out anyway, and as he did, his path got clearer, and his purpose became more defined. 


Sis, what is God calling you to? What has He told you to do? You wouldn't fully have a grasp of it until you start.

The principle of as they went for me underscores the essence of faith because it takes faith to move and get started – moving from what you see into the unseen with the hope that it would get clearer as you move. (2Corithians 4:18)

 

Whatever instruction we have received a call from my  from God is enough for us to get started, and as we start, we gain clarity – again, clarity comes from doing. So even when you don't understand where you are headed, the assurance that you started what God has asked you to do will make your path clearer. 

 

"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns."


Your Sis,


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