Remember that one time...
Updated: Apr 1
Remember that one time you wrote down all of our plans, dreams, and aspirations and aligned it with your personal timeline….yet God laughed in your face and said what plans? Remember that one time you asked God to open a door…..yet he closed it because you were not ready? Remember that one time you thought you were taking a leap of faith….but it really wasn’t God’s will in the first place? Remember that?
I remember telling God I wanted to be married by age 24, have my first child at 26, second child at 28, and third child at 30. I also remember wanting to build my first house at age 27. I wanted to be a size 10 with curves having multiple streams of income while influencing young people and my fellow millennials through a faith-based and mental health lense. I wanted a lot of things that aligned with my will and my plan, but I had to first acknowledge that I made my plan first then consulted God about it last.
I am not saying that the things I desired did not come into fruition, and I am not saying that those same things may not come into fruition in the future. However, I am acknowledging that the omnipotent, all mighty, and miracle-working God is more than capable of blessing me with the desires of my heart. Yet, I must first delight myself in his plan and his ways.
I was almost engaged. He devised a plan, asked for my hand in marriage to my parents, and he timed everything out. As you can see…I am still happily…single lol. I was devastated at the time, but now that I look back on that plan, I rejoice with gratefulness, for it was not the will of God. Not because he was not a great man, but because it was simply not the right timing and was not in God’s plan.
Sometimes we traumatize ourselves because we place ourselves in situations too prematurely.
What the seasoned folks say, write a check that ya behind cannot cash? We write a check with the intention of being successful, breaking generational cycles, establishing a new future, but we did not do the necessary healing, pruning, and shaking to even be in the position for that check to cash. We must first do the heart work before we can see the fruits of our labor that already belong to us. God wants nothing but abundance for us because we are his children. We have the power to overcome strongholds and break chains that the enemy thought he could hold us captive with. However, we are as resilient and strong as our faith and prayer life is with God. We must align our heart posture to be in the right position for what God has for us.
As a closing thought, the Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The word is derived from the words: SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take). I am learning from Sankofa that we have the power to take what we have gone through in our past, learn from, and manifest greater in our future.
So, make that plan, write that vision, manifest those goals, but FIRST remember, to acknowledge God in all ways, then he will be able to direct your many paths of divine purpose.