Maybe there are some things that God spoke to you at the beginning of the year. Or maybe there were some things that you were looking forward to starting or completing by now. You even wrote it down on your vision board, now it’s just sitting there, staring back at you every day that passes. Or maybe this year has looked NOTHING like what you envisioned it to be. (If that isn’t you, what planet do you live on?? Haha. Jk.)
At the beginning of this year I felt the Lord speaking to me about many areas of what 2020 would look like. He told me in a dream that I would need to step out in faith and run with Him despite of what I might lose. In my dream I was being shipped out in military clothes and I asked the sergeant in charge of us if I could go grab something very quickly from my car. He responded with, “No, you can’t bring anything.” I was like “Umm, okay…” So I proceeded to get onto the ship. When I woke up that morning so much revelation hit me. Mind you, I haven’t really dreamt as much as I did the first week of January. Like what??
What He showed me through that dream was:
- To worship God means to SACRIFICE and leave EVERYTHING behind.
- I was a soldier being shipped out for battle and I had to leave some baggage behind. Meaning some people AND things needed to be left in the past. I couldn’t keep bringing them with me to where God was trying to take me this year.
- In my dream I saw a family member and my house, I remember feeling extremely sad in my dream. I was really leaving everything I’ve ever known to go stand in the unknown battle. I cannot imagine a soldier in battle being distracted while an entire army is coming against them. One distraction may cause him/her to lose the entire war.
The same with the Lord, the moment we get distracted from everything that He has spoken over your life, it becomes fairly easy to focus on things that are not of Him. He alone is the PRIZE and the ONLY thing that we should be running towards. For weeks after I had that dream, the Lord would just continue to remind me that when I try to carry things on my journey that are meant to be left behind, it is what makes me take 1 step back when I already took 2 forward.
I also had another dream that I was in a worship service in which we were singing “Fight My Battles” by UpperRoom. I woke up singing “this is how I fight my battles”, which happens to me rarely. That morning I felt the Lord telling me that this year would be a year in which I fight my battles through Him. To say the least, in 2019 many people fought for me in the Spirit, and now it was my turn. I needed to stand in faith and declare every single promise from God from my own mouth.
With that being said, I knew that 2020 would be a year of warring for others and myself. Nonetheless, this year has been just that. So many things have happened that I didn’t picture happening this way. I got married 5 months before I planned on getting married, my graduation ceremony didn’t happen either and I’ve been looking forward to that for years now, and some unexpected losses also happened. Regardless of the way things have happened, I know now more than ever that…
GOD DOES NOT CANCEL HIS PROMISES.
The promises that were spoken at the beginning of this year or even the ones that you’ve been standing on for years now, they are NOT canceled. It doesn’t matter if they do not happen the way that we pictured them being fulfilled, what matters it that He is not a man that He should lie. If anything, what more of a perfect season to watch His promises be fulfilled?
In the midst of the world falling apart and people running around with their own opinions of what is happening, I see our perfect Jesus standing in the middle of all of it. Looking to see who is going to notice Him. Who is going to give Him their WHOLE attention? Who is going to love Him with all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength? Who’s going to commit their self wholeheartedly to the commands that He’s given us? (Deuteronomy 6:5-6)
At the beginning of this year I also declared that this would be the “Year of Mary”. That 2020 would be a year of complete and utter surrender. That I would no longer be the Martha that was just “too busy” for Jesus. That I would no longer place Him on the back burner of my “to-do list”. That I would give myself in surrender to Him, my worldly agenda, my timeframe in which I envisioned Him fulfilling His promises to me. I’d say YES to Him no matter what it looked like and especially in the unknown.
I just want to encourage you that Jesus will ALWAYS have your back. All He needs is your yes and even if your present doesn’t look “good”, He’s the hope that anchors our soul (Hebrews 6:19). He is the anchor that keeps us still in the storm. The future may look scary, it may look foreign, it may look completely new and unknown. But the truth is that He goes before you and makes a way before you’ve even stepped into the promise. Our yes to Him creates ways for miracles.
So put your best foot forth, put your smile back on, this year is far from over. You have an entire future ahead of you. And despite the loss you may have experienced, remember that you serve a God that RESTORES. He is near to the broken-hearted and your hope in Him will not disappoint you. If you’re disappointed, place your eyes back on Him. Circumstances disappoint, He doesn’t. Overall, sis, brother… whoever is reading this:
“The best is yet to come.”