“I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness, in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again. Stay with God.” Psalm 27:13-14 MSG
I remember it like it was yesterday. New York City was to be my new home - but yet since I had lived in a small west Texas town most of my life, I didn’t know what to expect. But as I found my way to the taxi cab and then headed over the bridge and into the Big Apple, I remembered the word God had given me just a little over one year before.
Flashback to the summer before when I traveled to NYC with my college fashion class for a study ‘abroad’ trip. While on this trip, though we visited many remarkable fashion companies and was able to meet some pretty important fashion icons – it was the time in-between that I remember the most. One day in particular I was having coffee and journaling (typical Jess…) and God spoke, “You’re going to live here…soon.”
And just like that a word of destiny was dropped, a dream of my heart since 8th grade and God was saying it was going to come true? Now, wait – what? How would this happen? I have no money, God? I have no idea where I would live, who I would hang out with, where I would go to church? No, God this can’t be possible…” These thoughts flooded my head immediately and continued on for the next year…
This is where you come in, my friend. You have heard a word. You’ve been given a promise. You’ve been told you’ll do something, be someone, go somewhere – yet nothing, and I mean NOTHING in your current life’s predicament would even give this word of destiny ground to be possible.
Hopefully you read the last blog I wrote on Identifying Your Part, because this is where it comes into play. When God gives you a word of destiny, a word that has so much weight to it you really don’t know what to do after He’s spoken - you have to know your part for this seed to plant. Once planted and received (might take some time), it has to be watered by encouragement from the word of God and consistently confirmed by His presence through peace. You see, He will not speak a word of destiny to you that has nothing to do with ‘your part.’ My friends, your part will always go hand in hand with His destiny for your life.
What won’t go hand in hand is your current situation and this word of destiny He speaks – because, basically – that’s the point of it. Our God is not limited by time or circumstance – He’s omnipresent. If this word could go hand in hand, it means that our human hands could accomplish it, and worse – take credit for it. That’s why He is the only one who can speak it, water it, and bring it to fruition.
Therefore, He knows what is coming. And out of His goodness and love, He gives us these words of destiny to help us…
1) stay on track
2) show us direction
3) give us clarity
4) encourage us to not quit.
Think of every single one of God’s prophets and/or disciples (same thing if you ask me, but for all my theologians reading…). Is there really any of them that once God spoke a word of destiny over their life, turned around and it immediately happened the next day? No. The fact is, they had to wait, they had to ask for clarity, wisdom, guidance, and direction – and mostly, encouragement. I think of David in this, given a word of destiny at 13 but didn’t become King until his 40's. Yes, the in-between part was the process that made him a ruler and sustainer of Israel for 40 years. And in those years, God never left him. He prepared Him through multiple types of valleys and mountain-top experiences. And in some of those (queue Psalms) David wanted to give up, he wanted to be mad at God for not being able understand His techniques – but he always came back to trusting that God would make a way where there seemed to be no way.
“Good and upright is the LORD; therefore, he instructs sinners in His ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant.” Psalm 25:8-10 NIV
This is where you might be, because this is definitely where I know I am. Since I have identified my part, I know where God has me going – however, I have no way of knowing how, when, what, who, why. And though that drives me absolutely crazy sometimes (and believe me, I let Him know), I also know that this is only for my good. And it’s for you, too friends.
Our part in all of this is to stay with God and to not quit no matter what it looks like. For our eyes are not to trust in the seen, but yet the unseen and trust God to do what only He can do.
I can do this a little easier now because of moments like that cab ride in 2011. As I sat there and watched the city of a dream become the city I called home – I realized God was right. What He had spoken had come to pass, and my friends – the same will come true for you.
As you dive into whatever season you are in – a battle season, a valley of tragedy, a waiting season, a mountaintop of joy, or a sowing/reaping season – I pray you find the courage to stay with God, take heart and more than anything, don’t quit.
“The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness – even our wholeheartedness – actually depends on the integration of all our experiences, including the falls.” – Brene Brown
Jessica is a Co-Founder of We Are Unveiled and Founder of Noon Fiftn Leadership Devotionals, a bi-weekly devotional sent out at 12:15 pm to encourage, liberate, and equip men and women in the corporate world. When not working her day job as a Social Media + Digital Marketing Professional, you can laugh along her hilarious commentary on life and get a glimpse of the Father's love for you through her blog, Just Jess
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