On a normal day, I typically do not have the television on, but this morning I decided to tune in while doing a little house cleaning. The channel landed on Life Today with James and Betty Robinson, who I deeply admire and respect for all they have done for the Kingdom of God and for being such a huge blessing to so, so many people around the world. I do believe they will have an extra special place in heaven as they have spent their lives laying up lots and lots of treasure in all they do for others out of a pure love of Christ.
But then, I kept hearing a familiar voice that I couldn’t put my finger on so I had to go look to see who was speaking. What a treat to see another amazing Woman of God on the screen. A woman that was a huge blessing in my life a few years back when I attended Women of Faith Conferences when they just started out. The lady I speak of is the one and only Thelma Wells. Now, Mama T (as she has been affectionately referred to over the years) has an amazing story of overcoming insurmountable odds, adversity and huge challenges to overcome, walk in victory, and become all God created her to be. She wrote the book, “Bumblebees Fly Anyway,” where she shares the story of how the bumblebee, according to scientific research, should NOT be able to fly. It’s body is too big, and it’s wings are too small to actually fly. However, because it doesn’t listen to any nay-sayers, and simply doesn’t know any better, the blessed bumblebee flies around pollinating flowers and doing whatever else God created it do anyhow.
Moral of the story: although life can often throw us some mighty curve balls to get us off track, disillusioned, depressed, beaten down, discouraged, and stuck in a rut…. we always have the power of choice and His strength and promises in us to stand on. We can either stay down, or we can continue on, buzzing about, doing what God intended us to do when He formed us in the womb and knew us before the foundations of the earth. (Jer.1:5) Another point Ms. Thelma touched on this morning, a point that I recall hearing from her before and hung on to, is this…. John 16:33 says, “In this world, you WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But take heart! I (Jesus) have overcome the world.” The point is, no matter what we do, or how careful we are, it is inevitable that life will share plenty of challenges to deal with. The question is, will we fight and balk and walk defeated, or will we embrace each challenge, do our best to ‘be grateful in all things’ (even the hard times) and overcome each one so that Jesus Christ may be glorified through it all, allowing our lives to be a conduit of light to shine in a dark world? So, next time a challenge comes, fight the natural instinct and embrace it as an opportunity to walk gracefully through it. You never know what kind of divine purpose that challenge may be preparing you for!
Bee Blessed!, shana
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes. 5:16-18