The first day is always easy isn’t it?
About a year and a half ago I decided I was going to have weight loss surgery. It seems like it was aeons ago, but I made that decision in January of 2017. I clearly remember my first appointment at the surgeon’s office. There were to be a number of different steps to take in order to get the insurance approval for surgery. Among the different requirements I had to meet, I had to be consistent in either losing weight or not gaining any throughout the six months the process would take before surgery. I would have to visit the doctor monthly to ensure I was meeting this requirement. If at any point in time I gained weight, the process would automatically restart and the six month countdown would start all over again. I obviously did not want this so I promised myself I would commit to the program. The first day of the diet was so easy. I was full of excitement of what this process meant; so not eating certain things and committing to a workout regiment was a piece of cake! That excitement faded quickly and when day number 10 and day number 30 and the third month rolled around, I was not as excited and was DONE with the process. I was so ready to have surgery and accelerate the process. If my goal was to have surgery and accomplish my health goals there was no way to accelerate the process.
I tell you this because isn’t that often the case in our Christian walk? We have a desire, an end game and we set out to accomplish it and the first day we are full of excitement and commitment but when we don’t immediately see a result, the excitement fades and reality starts to set in. It’s a journey, a process, a season which you have been entrusted with. Many times these seasons that require an extra dose of commitment come because we are growing. Stagnation does not require commitment, growth does. That’s not to say that you won’t be frustrated because you can’t see an immediate result, because 99% of the time you will be frustrated. It’s when you get frustrated that you have to double down on your commitment and trust Him.
Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
The idea of growth is easy on the first day, but the reality of the commitment requires divine intervention thereafter. I don’t know what you’ve committed to do and where God is taking you. What I do know is that Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Which means that what he has planned for you is good, period. No question about it.
So, go ahead, COMMIT your ways to the Lord, don’t be scared of where it may lead you and how difficult it may or may not be. Keep your perspective clear, you’ve been ENTRUSTED with this season. You’re not going through it, God knows you have what is required to come out victorious and step into your next blessing. I leave you with this:
I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, ‘You are my servant’;
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Take the step, embrace the season, own it, it’s yours. The God of the universe has got you.