I’ve mentioned this in my previous articles but allow me my dear reader to say it again. Athletes look at life as a race but I'm a writer, and so it is natural for me to perceive life as a book moving from one chapter to another. But come to think of it, life is indeed a book, a book with different chapters, some sad ones, some exhilarating and some happy ones.
Tonight however I want us to look at life as a journey, because it is one. We’re sojourners in this world after all aren’t we? If you've ever been on a journey which most of us have, then you'll agree with me that journeys can be frustrating at times. Just the thought of a long layover, or your luggage going to a different city, or your flight being delayed for hours is vexing beyond description. Nothing exasperates a traveller so much more than going round and round the same route and not getting to the destination. A journey that would have taken ELEVEN DAYS, took the children of Israel FORTY YEARS. They went round and round the same mountain for forty long years. Joshua 6: narrates the encounter of the children of Israel with the city of Jericho. For seven days, they went round and round the city and still the walls of Jericho stood in front of them “rudely” fortified. Don’t we all have such mountains and walls in our lives? Mountains and walls that stand before us, they look so sturdy and immovable?
I don’t know about you my reader but I know the pain of taking ten years to finish a degree that should have taken four years. It is not funny going through the circles of dating over and over and always coming out empty. It is not easy presenting the same prayer item day by day to believers. I know what it is like to work on a job year in year out without a promotion, without growth, without nothing. I’ve been there. Abraham Lincoln one of the most celebrated leaders America has ever had, and one of my favourite presidents was born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with the mountain of defeat throughout his life. Between the year 1832 and 1858, he lost eight elections,
Abraham Lincoln’s life was marred with so many hurdles. Failure in business, a nervous breakdown, death of his mother, death of his fiancé, bankruptcy among many other things. See, life has a way of throwing things at us, things we didn’t choose. You didn’t choose cancer, you didn’t choose to be sexually molested, you didn’t choose to be jobless, you didn’t go looking for infertility, you didn’t choose to be in an abusive relationship, you didn’t choose divorce, you didn’t choose agony, you didn't choose to drop out of college for lack of fees, you didn’t choose to have a bad boss, you didn’t choose to be homeless neither did you choose to be racially discriminated.
All we ever wanted was just to sojourn through this journey called life and get to our destination but as life would have it, we at times find ourselves going round some mountains over and over again. Every mountain in life is difficult when you have to go round and round it without a breakthrough. Truth be told it is easy to get worn out especially when things are not going as we expect them to but here’s the good news,
Isaiah 40:29 (AMP) He gives strength to the weary, And to him who has no might He increases power.
See, in as much as we face great mountains, we have a greater God. In this life child of God, we have to make a deliberate decision to keep pushing forward, we have to keep talking to ourselves and telling ourselves that despite how bad yesterday was, we will wake up tomorrow and work at it again, we have to learn to look up to God, the God whose strength is not limited, the only one who can give us the strength to face the mountains of life and the strength to jump over the hurdles that life throw in our way. The one way we draw strength is to immerse ourselves in the word of God, He is intentional in strengthening us and the more we sink in His word, and confess it, the more we find ourselves getting strength for this life. There are a number of scriptures in the bible that you and I can read and internalize and draw strength from. Here are some that keep me going
Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song i will praise Him.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
2 Corinthians 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for i am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Samuel 22:33 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.
Mountains will always be there in life but be encouraged, be calm, keep working hard daily and when strength faileth thee, look up unto God, He’s never disappointed no one and He’s not going to start with you.
So, child of God, receive strength, strength for the journey.