Just before i go into this post, some of you may have noticed that I have been very quiet on here. This wasn’t an intentional break and to be honest I won’t call it a break. I have been very busy with other things. The Pearls of Purity turns 1 at the end of this month. How amazing is that! Just for those who don’t know, this is a girls group I founded and you can read more about it here. I am planning an event to mark our 1 year anniversary, and i never knew how time consuming it will be. I think i have done most of the background work so i will try and be on here more often. I have missed you all 🙂
Today i just want to encourage someone who have decided to settle as a result of pain. The truth about life is that it doesn’t always unfold the way we expect it to. A lot of pain and tears comes with it. These pain can make us pitch our tent in places where God never told us to. Life is a journey and when we hear journey, some sort of movement comes to mind. However some of us have halted that journey due to the pain we have encountered along the way.
In Genesis 11:27-32, Abram’s dad Terah was on a journey to Canaan with his family. Prior to him moving, it’s revealed that he has experienced a great tragedy. He lost his son. This is something no parent ever wish for and my heart goes to those who have experienced this level of pain. This tragic event would have broken him. But he got up one day and decided to move. The bible records that he didn’t quite make the trip to Canaan. He settled at Haran.
Why did he settle in a place that wasn’t meant to be his final destination?
The bible doesn’t clearly state the reason for this. It could be because he was still grieving the death of his son. It could be that he feared the unknown and decided to stay in a familiar place. It could be that he liked something about Haran so much so that he lost sight of where he was supposed to go. I am not quite sure. But whatever the reason was, the fact remains he settled in a place he never intended to. He forsook his goals and settled for something else. He died in a place he never intended to originally. He didn’t get to his final destination.
Where have you pitched your tent? Is that the place God told you to go?
I know it can be very difficult to gather oneself together when we have experienced a blow from life. But we have to understand that it isn’t over until it is over. It’s OK to grieve but don’t grieve forever. You may have lost a contract, business, a marriage, a child, a job, a friend, a family member. It might be someone you have always done life with and now you feel there is no point moving on when that person is not here with you.
You can move on my friend. It might require going for therapy, counselling, or it might require you to do something out of your comfort zone. You just have to move on for the sake of your future. You owe it to you and to God not to give up. There is still life in you. There is still enough strength to get up. Crawl if you have to, but please leave that dusty place of grief and tears. You have cried enough. It’s time to start moving. Until you move, you can never experience the joy of the future. Always remember that your purpose is bigger than your pain.
I am praying for you.