Written & Published by Lolita Buck
What do you do when God decides to turn your world upside down, when you find yourself in the fight of your life? Do you throw your hands up in the air & call it quits because life's simply not working out the way you imagined it would?
So this is what I call "The God Encounter." Let me try & explain this phenomenon as best I can.
In my life personally I've had maybe three major encounters with God. No i'm not talking about anything angelic or supernatural. I'm just speaking about everyday kind of stuff. So my first encounter was when i was about eight years old. I was introduced to him through Sunday school & attending church regularly. Then as I got older I started to learn about more about him as a loving, nurturing Father. This was sort of the wooing stage of my life. However, my encounters in my adult years have primarily been experiencing him as a disciplinary. Of course there are many facets to God so I'm sure that I've experienced him on some other level as well. But these three have been mainly how he's operated in my life for the most part.
I'm simply saying all of that to say that God is in the mess my friend. He's in the uncomfortable places. In fact, often times he purposely puts us in those places. I think most people discount that it's God because it doesn't necessarily line up with what they had in mind. Not realizing that God usually shapes us in dark, desolate places. Joseph's story mirrors this to the tea. As does so many other biblical stories. In fact, there are way too many to name. So what makes us think our journey should be exempt? As painful & frustrating as the process may be this is the stamp, the signature trademark of every great leader & or visionary.
I'm really amazed at the people who want to do great exploits for the kingdom but insist on a fairy tale backdrop, a glorious stage. HELLO!! Christ's life is the ultimate example. There was nothing fancy or cute about his life whatsoever. In fact, it was brutal needless to say. And to think that we're content with sitting on a church pew with our legs crossed listening to cupcake sermons; dropping a few dollars in the offering plate; and shouting & dancing. Or at least that's how we get down in the African American church. But I think you get my point!
I suppose that's cool if you're just looking for a sub par, mediocre walk with God. And I'd imagine you've already secured your spot at the pearly gates. Assuming that you've confessed with your tongue & believed in your heart that he is your Lord & Savior. But what I'm speaking about is much deeper.
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
But to be honest I'm not mad at you. God just doesnt present himself to me in that casual, laid back way. He's constantly pulling at my heart strings. Challenging me to step up to the plate. Now that's when you know that you've had a real God encounter. When church is simply not enough. When you're ready to get outright down & dirty for the cause! Then God can snatch you up and use you. But i guess you simply have to know where your heart is, because this isn't for everyone.
"Many & are called but few are chosen"
Let me end things by saying that those who are chosen are not selected because we are elite or the creme de la creme. Often times we're misfits, but we have a great love & passion for God and we're willing to put everything on the line. I think that everyone experiences God to some degree because he's omnipresent. But this encounter that i speak about is something special! And unfortunately not everyone makes the cut.
So here is what I want you to ask yourself the next time you're pinned against a wall, baffled by the struggles and adversities you face. Is this a God encounter and if so, am I ready & willing to go to battle? If your answer is yes then get your gear together. Your belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and as they say in the boxing world "let's get ready to rumble!" If not, that's okay life has many rounds and when God says it's time he'll put you in the ring to face your greatest opponent. Until then, stay prayed up & connected to your trainer. So if & when he calls your number you'll be able to bring home a victory for the kingdom.
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude