New Feature “A Kingdom View”: How To Reach Your Purpose Through Life’s Obstacles

Everyone has that one friend that when something is wrong, you can rely on them to fall down on their knees and pray for you.  If you don’t have that kind of friend, I really suggest taking an inventory of who you are surrounding yourself with and making whatever adjustments you feel you may need to make.  That praying friend in my life is Kashira Reid.  She and I lived on the same floor our freshman year of college and have been friends ever since.

Our talks and prayer sessions over the years have helped me through some rough times, my desire is that what you read from her will fill you with God’s love and inspire you to apply it to your life.  Here is the first installment of “A Kingdom View”:

“I’m No Nik Wallenda”
by Minister Kashira Reid

“Now may the God of peace who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood- may He equip you with all you need for doing His will.  May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good think that is pleasing to Him.”  Hebrews 13:20-21

Ever since I saw Nik Wallenda on television that Friday night walking the tightrope over Niagara Falls, I had been thinking about it over and over again.  He wanted simply- to inspire.

While on a trip to Tennessee for my husband’s 40th birthday, I decided to try the tightrope myself!  It was called the Space Challenge.  It went up into the ceiling.  It was dark with neon lights.  It had all types of ropes; ones that required a lot of balance and ones that required little balance.  After taking it all in, I got cold feet and turned to my husband and said “No, I can’t do this. Let’s go.”  As always he said “Yes you can!”  I’m thinking you are so convinced because it’s not you.

Despite the hesitation, I decided to do it.  I stood in line for about an hour until my turn finally came.  I got on the scale, the guy put the harness on me  and up I went.  As I walked up the steps to the first tightrope on the hard side, I’m telling myself “You’ve got to do this, it will help you write the devotion for heyshay.com and its readers.”  Then I thought “shoot I can write it based on Youtube videos of Nik Wallenda, the real tightrope artist.”

I now realize that it wouldn’t have been the same my friends because I learned a lot of great lessons on those ropes.  Yes I said ropes.  I avoided the first rope.  I got scared.  The guy in front of me said you know the other side is easier.  Determined not to look egg-faced, I ventured to the other side.  Little did I know, the other side started on a smaller scale only to end up at the same destination.  The first step I took was on two boards that went across.  Next I crossed a tightrope with boards for each step.  Next, I went across a single with several ropes to hold onto as I went across.  Before long I was mastering them all.  I graduated to going across one without holding onto my harness (but still holding onto the ropes provided.)  Finally I went across one rope only holding on my harness.   There was still a security on both sides of me if I needed, but I didn’t.  I was a big girl.  I did it!  Don’t you know at the end I had the nerve to get scared when I  saw that I had to go and conquer the rope I first avoided.  Then I remembered all the ropes I had conquered and said what am I thinking I’ve already overcome harder ropes.

My friends, isn’t this the way it is with God?  There are some tests that we start out with that look completely impossible.  They are intimidating, lonely, and sometimes long, but God gets us through them.  The tests (ropes) get harder, but just like I could turn around and look at the ropes I had already conquered I was refueled/ reminded that in fact it could be done.  Just stop and think about the tests that you have already overcome.  Nobody but God.  He was like my harness.  The harness was secured in the center of my body and kept me connected on the tracks that slid me from rope to rope.  When God is the center of your body, mind, spirit you will always stay on track.  Think about what would have happened to me if had decided I didn’t need the harness anymore.  What if I had become so confident in my abilities that I disconnected my harness?  I would have fallen friends and boy it would have hurt.  That’s the way it is with God.  If we decide to become disconnected from the harness that guides us along the plan for our lives we fall and I am sure I don’t have to tell you that it in fact it does hurt.  Think about all the times you have unhooked from the harness (His plan, His commandments, His direction), it left you broken in areas that weren’t designed to be broken.  I’m so glad that God is better than my harness.  My harness was manmade with the potential to have a defect, but not God’s.  His harness is true and it is secured not by safety belts, but by His Word, His power, and sealed by His son’s blood.

One more lesson from the tightrope and that is that it allowed detours.  It had several directions you could go.   Some took you all the way around, some in between, and some just kept running you in circles.  However, if you stopped and looked at the connections you could find exactly where your destination was- the exit.  My friends God takes into account that we are going to take some detours, but grace and mercy show us that He knows how to turn those into divine connections.  “All things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Just pause for a moment and pay attention to the connections He’s trying to show you.  Hold onto the harness (His Word, His presence) and enjoy the walk because ultimately the trail is taking you right to your final destination-PURPOSE.

“Now may the God of peace who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood- may He equip you with all you need for doing His will.  May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good think that is pleasing to Him.” Hebrews 13:20-21

 

 

Kashira Reid is an ordained minister and is totally committed to serving the Lord.  She is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and a member of University Park Baptist Church.  She is a native of Washington, D.C and lives in a suburb of Charlotte with her husband and three children (Arielle, Zion, Azaria). 

 

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