I was really under the weather this weekend, but thankfully, I’m feeling a lot better today. Because of that, I didn’t have enough energy to go to several events I had scheduled this weekend. Among them, was a Sunday brunch at a country club where my husband Kenya was elected to the Board of Directors of Bennett High School’s Alumni Association, the institution we both graduated from years ago.
I really wished I could have been there with him.
One thing that stuck out for Kenya, which he talked to me about upon returning home, was a man named Mr. Bruce Goldstein. He is a prominent lawyer in our hometown who also graduated from Bennett High School in the year 1963.
During Mr. Goldstein’s speech, he shared with the audience “the best thing he got from Bennett,” which is his wife, who graduated 2 years after him.
He first saw her on picture day when she was a sophomore, and asked her out on a date. All these years later, they are still together.
That sweet story made me think about how Kenya and I, though we went to the same High School, never crossed paths. We were in the same church organization, the Church of God In Christ (COGIC), and often were at the same state meetings. But we never spoke to each other.
I had seen him before, but never really saw him until months before we connected. At the time, I was an18-year-old sophomore in college and Kenya was a 22-year-old college senior. We were in a district meeting at a church called Open Door #5 when the man who was to be my husband finally approached me and gave me his number.
I had developed the biggest crush on this mysterious tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Hobbs months prior, which is the first time he was ever even on my radar. But I never thought we would be together because I figured, for some reason, he was already taken.
But I was wrong.
Little did I know, he was on reserve for me.
But you know what’s funny? To this day, Kenya tells me I was way too young for him (by 4 years). My only saving grace was that I was already enrolled in college, so he felt a bit better about dating a “teenager.”
I like to tease Kenya and tell him he was one of the typical haughty upperclassman types, who didn’t deal with underlings. Had we connected at Benn-High, there’s no way we would have been together!
But that night at church, was the set time God had chosen to bring us together. And after our very first 15-minute telephone conversation, we were inseparable.
We celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this coming January and we’re still going strong. All these years later, there is absolutely no question in either of our minds that we are a match made in heaven, literally.
God put us together.
That’s why I trust God so much Daily Cup family.
I have countless examples of all the ways He has orchestrated, facilitated, and created ways for me to live my destiny. Things I could not have put together, figured out, or worked out on my own, God did it for me. He has proven time and time again that He knows what’s best for me.
He is truly sovereign.
If you look back over your life, you will also see ways God has led and guided you. When you reflect on those times, they will help you be more confident in His ability to make all things work together for your good. Even in times of uncertainty, during dry seasons, and in rough times, remember that the Lord knows exactly what He’s doing.
Don’t get antsy, anxious, and agitated and try to force, finagle, or figure your way out.
In your own strength, you’ll make a mess. Let God guide you to the relationships and opportunities you need, because only the Lord knows how and when to put things together perfectly.
He knows the ins and outs of your situation; the nuances of your personality; the specifics of your needs; and the limitations of your abilities. So God takes all those things into consideration when deciding what doors to open and close; what people to connect you to and disconnect you from; and what assignments to give you.
So if you’ve been worrying lately, stop it.
Shake yourself and remind yourself that God is in control. He’s got you covered. It’s already worked out, but timing is critical.
He already has the perfect plan. Just wait on Him, trust in Him, and rest in Him because whatever God does, He does it well.
Again, wait, trust, and rest.
If you do that, you’ll have this testimony found in Psalm 40:1-3 NLT, which I’m stirring into your cup of inspiration today. It says, “I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things He did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in Him.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you’ll be reminded of the joy and victory that awaits you when you wait patiently on God. You will also be assured that that God sees your needs, hears your cries, and already has a plan for your deliverance. All you need to do is wait, trust, and rest.
Now let’s pray.
God thank You for the assurance that you have already worked my situation out for me. Though I don’t see the solution or the answer manifested in my life, I have faith and confidence in Your sovereignty, and Your faithfulness to bring all things together at the right place and time. In the process, oh God, help me not to lose faith, give up hope, or give into discouragement. But instead, I want to trust You fully and praise You continuously for the great things You have already performed by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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