For over a year I have been following the post of Dr. Strive on Facebook, so enlightening and i believe its worth sharing on here. Please do follow his page for his latest post. what i’ll try to do here is to start from the beginning of 2014 till his most recent post.
A young woman sat on a park bench over lunch. And while she sat there she noticed a butterfly trying to come out of its cocoon. She watched it struggle and struggle for more than an hour. Eventually feeling sorry for it she reached for a small scissors, and gently used it to clip open the cocoon. To her surprise the butterfly that was released did not fly away it just sat there totally crippled. You see, what she did not realise was that the struggle a butterfly goes through, is what pumps blood into its wings so that it may be able to fly!
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.
The eagle is an unusual bird, because it has mustered the ability to fly into a storm. It “mounts” strong winds as though it is going up a staircase. It is the only bird that you will find flying during a storm. This year, 2014, approach life with the majesty of an eagle! Do not be afraid of headwinds or opposition; use them; mount them like stairs for your success! The word “wait upon” comes from the Hebrew word, “qawah”, which denotes, someone who is “serving” as they wait. It is an active process and not passive.
You might be struggling to get a job; you might be struggling to make your finances work; you might be struggling to fund your education; you might be struggling to make a small business successful; you might be struggling to get ahead in your job; you might even be going through viscous persecution, that even threatens your very life. Listen to me; from today, start thinking about it differently! No matter how dark, no matter how challenging, you are not going under; you are going over…just don’t give up!
Happy New Year! (2014)
After thought 1:
The year was 1996, our house had been sold in a public auction, our cars… virtually every physical asset we owned. Several schools had even refused to take our children into schools for fear of retribution. Friends feared that I would probably be murdered, as threats came in regularly. I was routinely picked up by the police…. and now the hearing of our court case for an operating license, would be delayed for almost a year. My opponents, were about to file papers, to have me declared bankrupt.
As many close friends even begged me to give up, and leave the country. I received a word, from a visiting evangelist, Bishop Joseph Garlington of the United States, to our home town, who called out to me in a church service:
“Young man, God wants me to tell you, that you are standing in a river of faith, these waves you are seeing, they are not going to drown you.”
“Come let us sing:
….I am standing in a river of faith; I am not going under, but I am going over, by faith!”
The hall erupted, 1000 young Christians began, to sing and dance.
You might be too young to know some of these things, but ask some of your parents, and they will tell you of those days, in which my faith, was forged in a crucible of fire: faith abides (it never, ever fails).
Br Strive Masiyiwa