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I am known to walk barefoot in the most absurd places and no, I won’t tell you. you have to see me to believe it. Let’s just say that those who have seen me have either laughed or stared. I remember several years ago in the middle of a very intense series of events, my shoes couldn’t fit me because my feet were swollen. I was staying in a 5 star hotel with our main delegates and organising movement of the same.
I got back from errands and as I looked out of my sixth floor hotel window, I saw the choir’s van in the parking yet it should have been at another location. A call to the driver and the sound team at the venue sent me racing out of my room to the lobby before I even realised I was indeed barefoot. Imagine walking across the tiled floors of the hotel past the security guards into the parking. I saw them smile but it didn’t even hit me that it was because I was barefoot.
As I coordinated the group’s movements I walked onto a patch of grass, don’t worry there was not sign to keep off, and instantly felt intense relief flow through my body. Suffice it to say, that became my position for the next hour. I didn’t know what was going on but by the time we were done and walking back to my room, the pain in my body was significantly less and I was calmer.
A few years later I discovered grounding therapy.
Grounding therapy, also called earthing, is a therapeutic technique that involves doing activities that “ground” or electrically reconnect you to the earth. In the natural health circles, yes I am in those ones, there is a call to do things that our people did before the onset of western civilisation. Think about how our grand parents and some of our parents didn’t have shoes until later in their lives and they were fine. I used to think it was because they were poor but I see it differently today.
When I first heard about grounding I laughed my heart out until I tried it and it worked. The simple version of it is that we are made from ions and our bodies need to be alkaline and negatively charged but our lives work against us. We wear shoes with plastic soles that don’t allow us to dissipate the excess charges that we receive from our phones, computers, and all the electronics around us. Enter one day that I couldn’t find rest and spent time online wondering why. I decided to try walking barefoot or sitting outside with my feet on the ground to test the theory.
Stay with me, there is a point here.
The result wasn’t instant but gradual and contrary to sckeptic opinions, it is not made up. I was diligent at grounding for a while and lapsed for a while but this last week things changed. The current containment has me walking every day with the young king and one day I was sharing that I was feeling like a live wire and he asked me when I last grounded. Just like that, it clicked, so after walking I sat on the veranda of the house enjoying the feeling of my feet on the grass (more grass growing through the stones).
He run off to see grandma and I followed walking on the grass all the way and it was as if the charge was leaving my body. Today is day three and I must admit I feel less charged. I remembered that I stopped wearing a watch just after high school because I had a lot of static electricity in my system and how I avoided touching metal surfaces in the sun because I would get that spark. That short walk changed things for the young king and I because we have now added grounding back into our days with great improvements for both of us.
I then reflected back to life and my choices and boy oh boy…
What have I stopped doing because it takes a lot of manouvering to keep going? What changes do I need to make that I am avoiding because they will make me look mad? Where should I be headed that my mind has convinced me is too far and too hard? What small success can I look back onto and use as fuel for the next phase?
You see, starting and stopping isn’t beneficial. Small steps every day makes everything work, like eating an elephant one bite at a time. I think of Abraham right here. He was called and appointed so God led his father out of Ur of the Chaldeans to Haran where they set up a life and the old man died. God then called Abraham to follow him to a land that He would show him and Ab went. God promised a child and though they were old Ab believed. He was obedient even to taking three hundred and sixty men to fight five kings and rescue Lot.
There is no greater madness than those who are faithful to their call.
Each of us has an assignment on this earth that cannot be assumed or completed by another. This means that if I fail in my assignment God will always give me time to course correct but if I don’t He will assign it to someone else. If He reassigns it, I either exit the world or get put on the shelf as a pretty looking vase with no value. If I am shelved, it won’t matter how good my life looks because I am not bringing His Word to life.
So you ask; How do I remain relevant to God’s plan? It isn’t as hard as you think:
Know the call or assignment: Be sure of the reason you are here and the outcome God is looking for through you.
Prepare for the assignment: Understand that there is a process that will get me into place with every lesson and tool I need for my journey.
Always remain connected: There is strength in the connection with God, the assigned travel companions, the people and life. The level of connection is determined by God and the outcome.
Trust the process: Keep walking no matter what is going on because in the end, the process will always produce the right person when our hearts are in the right place.
Abraham had some detours long the way and he had to come back to the centre, think of the two incidents in Egypt with Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael too yet he never lost touch with God and his path. He remained teachable, correctable and committed; that is what make the difference.
Are you ready for this journey?
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.Ps 32:8-9
A few conversations this week got me thinking. What is happening to the plans we made at the start of the year? Where are we in the plan for these things? Are they still valid, have some of them been thrown off track or are they all on track? I can say with confidence, that life as we knew it has changed. Nothing is or ever will be the same again.
Many didn’t imagine we would be working in these conditions. Many didn’t think it was possible to be home for three months or out of work in a blink. Many children were happy to close early but are now missing their teachers and friends. Some businesses have closed for a little while others have closed their doors for the last time.
HR professionals have the daunting task of showing people the door when they don’t even know how much longer they have their own jobs. CEOs and Founders are grappling with how to keep the doors open, lights on and staff working despite enormous and unanticipated cash crunches. So what happens now when it all feels like it is falling apart?
Is there a glimmer of hope in such trying times?
What happens when we have a promise or vision we are waiting on and we are not careful to make sure it happens? We can say that life is hard and things aren’t working and we give up along the way but surely there has to be a plan that will work no matter what and we can find a way. In so many ways it feels like we are in a place of confusion and unsure what we are doing and how we will go forth. It is even more intense when we realise we aren’t the first to experience challenges and we will not be the last. That really caught my attention.
Genesis 25 blew my socks off. First off I had never really thought about how many children Abraham had. The focus on Isaac had until now hidden some facets of his life. So I began counting the sons and almost got distracted. I almost spent long hours just looking at those sons and maybe I will do that later.
It all begun to clear up as I read…
Abraham had a promise in Isaac and even with all his other actions, he stood firm on the promise and acted as such. His posture as he got older and more settled into the realities of walking with God became stable and still like a rock set in quick-dry, high strength cement and nothing moved him from his position.
Genesis 56:5-6 really fascinate me…5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. 6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east. To stand solid on the word of God, Abraham gave his other sons an inheritance and dispatched them to another so he could make room for only the child of promise to inherit what was promised to him. This got me thinking about life.
Do I fully stand for and on the promises my life is built on?
Do I give everything to build the purpose of my life? Do I ensure that all possible distractions are removed even physically if need be to protect the word? Do I move away from places that would be a hindrance? What happens when the promised fruit is slow in coming? What do I do when the promised realities are invisible? Do I believe and work on the promise and assignment no matter what?
Abraham’s whole life was about that reality. His father Terah left Ur of the Chaldeans and led them to Haran where he died. Then God led Abraham out of Haran to the Promised Land and appeared to him several times. He almost sacrificed his son on the Word of God. He went to war against 5 kings for the sake of Lot. He pleaded for Sodom because his nephew was there. He sent his servant to bring a wife for his son with absolute faith that he would come back. The final thing he did to secure the promise was to the boy’s inheritance so that Isaac’s heritage was secured.
Abraham gave it all for the promise.
God called Abraham and he responded in the affirmative. Abraham believed God’s word over him and made a covenant with God then guarded it jealously. He believed it even when nothing seemed possible. He laughed when the promise was discussed but corrected his position when questioned. He believed God so deeply that it was credited to him as righteousness. He was dedicated even to the potential loss of everything to preserve the promise.
Can we do that?
Can we hold onto the promise of God and the plan He has given us no matter what? Are we willing to lose some things, gain others and course-correct daily to remain on the path no matter what? Can we stay set to the task, with a gaze set like flint even in a season like now in faith that God is who He says He is and you are who He says you are therefore your life will indeed manifest his word?
That is what it takes to deliver the promise put in your hands and become everything God sees in you and calls out from you. I know it sounds hard but it is really simple. If He said it is, nothing can change the plan unless you or I step out of the plan. Simple…really simple.
Is it always easy for me? Not at first. Do I go off course? Sometimes, but I have learnt to stop, assess, confess, repent, get back on the road and walk on. Every course correction makes me aware of my weaknesses and build in needed support structures. As we continue to walk together He has become the only one I lean on all the time because He will never fail me.
Know that it is possible.
Know that all things are possible for you and I when we believe and follow instruction to become
Know that you are appointed and will become what you decide to focus on and work towards.
Know that your God is able to do exceedingly abundantly, above all you could ask, think or imagine.
Know that He knew you from before and He is certain you are the best choice for this path.
Know your Father is true and never fails, but He watches over His word to perform.
Know that when you lean into God your path makes sense and will succeed.
Know that you can preserve the promise and attain the assignment.
Know that you are one of a kind with a one of a kind assignment.
Know that you are not alone and will never be alone.
Every time I thought about the haves and have nots, I would think about extremely rich people sipping champagne in their homes overlooking pristine green lawns just beyond their swimming pool. Or people living in leafy suburbs, who ever created that phrase, with two or more expensive cars in the drive, children in high end schools with trips abroad and holidays at exotic destinations. People living lives I envied.
It had always been clear that I did not belong to the haves and I needed to aspire to become one. We were taught to pursue possession and position with the intention of getting away from our roots of struggle and make a better life. This gave rise to clusters of things that would divide us into haves and have nots including education, place of origin, residence, type of home, tribe, languages spoken, place of work, position to name a few.
So imagine my surprise when my eyes begun to see another dimension.
In reality there will always be people who have more than me and those with less. There will always be something to aspire to, something to let go of, something to dream about and something to intentionally grow into. Unless I adjust my realities and perceptions I will always feel like a have not even when I have abundance with and within me.
We were raised to pursue recognition for power and influence but what if I already have so much more than I could ever dream? What if the things that cloud my vision is my world view? What if I need a different set of eyes and ears? It is quite simple…I must look at life from a place of gratitude and appreciation of what I already have. I must adopt a focus on tracking the good in my life will shift my focus and make me a better person to live with and be around.
I never thought I was a have until I realised I was.
It became apparent that I have many blessings that others don’t. Let me explain. If I have a roof over my head and a warm bed, I am a have. If my child can go to school every term with minimal stress, I am a have. If I can smile and celebrate life with people I love and appreciate, I am a have. If I still have a guaranteed job in this season, I am have. If I have peace of mind right now, I am most definitely a have.
If I have food on the table and water in my taps, I am a have. If I have hope for tomorrow and faith it will all work, I am a have. If I have a place to keep learning and growing, I am a have. If can take a holiday every once in a while, I am a have. If I have access to higher education when I need it, I am a have. If I have money to travel to and from work and other places I am a have. If I am loved deeply and truly, I am a have.
I am a have because I can get into a vehicle and travel to another county to work of visit friends, I don’t have to worry about my child being bored and hopeless because he is still able to access school and e-learning, my family is still together and adjusting well to spending so much time around each other.
Reality check: having isn’t about possessions, money or power.
Too often we are preoccupied with what we don’t have and spend our lives complaining about it yet we are in a good place. It is all about perspective and understanding. In Genesis the children of Israel were invited to live in Goshen and escape from the great famine God had predicted through Joseph. They came to fulfil the prophesy God gave in Gen 15:13 that they would be in captivity for four hundred and thirty years.
In Exodus we find them leaving Egypt in victory but later wandering the desert. They spent so much time complaining when Moses asked for their freedom and Pharaoh became obstinate. They spent even more time complaining about food and water in the dessert yet they were loaded with jewellery and fine linen. They were led by a pillar of light and cloud, they had manna provided every day and had the greatest signs and wonders of God provided for a whole people. They were in the sweet spot with God’s plan yet they complained and whined a lot.
They didn’t realise they are true haves…the one’s in God’s heart.
I must realise that I am a have because God loves me, created me for a reason and has given me a lot. I must understand that to him who much is given much is required so God has a big plan for me that I must rise into. There are places of growth in all of us to be fullness of the plan of God and I can only attain them if I stay close to him no matter what. I am a have because I have options and not because I have famous people around me.
As I look around and realise that I am a have because I cannot walk away from the plan of God. I am a have because the patterns of my life are building to a climax that must attain the will of God. I am a have because God has richly blessed me with life and love beyond measure.
Things come to a head when I must accept that I am a have then make my life count.
To think of myself as a have not changes my balance and sense of life and leads to complaining like the Israelites and we all know where that landed them. I must choose to be different and change my life and help others do the same. There are a few things that will make a lasting change to the state of my heart:
Acceptance: Appreciate what I have and have had in the past
Joy: Choose to be content with what I have and grateful what whatever else God is about to bring my way.
Speak out: Notice and stand up for those who have less and need an advocate.
Give: Find someone to share the bounty of my life with.