Over the past few months, I had to endure one of the most influential, faith testing, and life changing seasons of my days. Losing a dear loved one, exploring new endeavors, and most importantly, growing more in God. Being in transition mode to the next level in God, I have been in constant review of my life. Sometimes, God will take you away from your family, out of your comfort zone, and into a place where you have no other choice but to trust Him. Needless to say, it was a challenging time, but it was a time of refreshing, renewing, and rebuilding of a LouMecia, that even I had never met before. My mind has been changed, my head has been lifted, and my spirit is stronger now than it has ever been before. Finally I realized, that I had just learned how to truly endure a storm.
Once I realized that all of this had taken place as a result of my “faith challenge” for the past few months, I got really excited, because I felt that the victory would now be manifested. But there was one more thing missing; I wanted to challenge myself physically. One day, while sitting thinking about my strategy to take on this new “feat”, I received a text from a friend asking if someone would like to join her, jogging! Well, I thought to myself, “here’s my ticket!” I responded back and immediately, I began the challenge. When I began jogging on the first day, I was exhausted. I stopped several times, and would walk and try to start back again. My friend would say, “you’re doing good”, “don’t stop; just walk fast if you need to, to keep up your heart rate.” Even when I did this, I started noticing that as long as I kept walking, I soon found more and more strength to start running again. As I ran, I looked at my friend ahead of me; she could have left me behind, but she didn’t. She would turn around and see me behind her, and would run back towards me to keep me motivated. I would tell her, “just keep going”, but she didn’t pay me any attention; she kept running, but never forgot about her friend.
Maybe that’s you today; you feel that you’re trying to make it. You feel that the storm is too much to bear. Let me tell you that Jesus is with you. Even when you feel He’s not there, He is. You may want to give up, but God will send people into your life to tell you, “don’t stop”, “you’re doing good”, “keep walking.” These are people that won’t leave you, because God has designed them just for your life. He tells us in Psalms that if we delight ourselves in Him, then He would give us the desires of our hearts; but you can’t give up. As long as you keep walking, you’ll find the strength to run again! Don’t focus on the pavement…focus on your destination. Keep your head up and don’t look down; your victory is just ahead.
Need more tips on learning the art of endurance? Well, check out Pastors Frank and JoeNell Summerfield, of Word of God Fellowship Church, here in the Raleigh-Durham area. The Summerfield’s will teach you how to create success in your mind, body, and spirit; but most importantly, how to endure until the end. Visit them at www.wogfc.org. Don’t give up in the middle of the storm; your breakthrough is right here. Run on, and see what the end is going to be……exercise your endurance.