It's been a while since I posted. Sorry, but there are times in our lives when there is more going on than time to do it all. That has certainly been the case with me. Some things have been awesome and wonderful; some in many eyes you wouldn't slap that label on.
Over these past few months, I have seen God truly move and do things that only He could have orchestrated. During these months, God put a Word in my spirit: Completion
How many of us have started things and quit? Or started something and wanted to quit? I have had that test to come before me many times recently. I was working on a project and what I understood the person to want was not at all what they wanted. We talked and there was an out for me to walk away. Staying meant I would have to start over. I could have blamed the other person for my not understanding what they were truly saying, but instead, I wanted the final outcome to be right. So I sat there and listened. I digested the words we both exchanged. I wouldn't walk away because I heard God speaking to me telling me there was a reason this was as it was, something both of us had to learn, and He wanted me to do this.
So I started over and worked hard to deliver what I hope was pleasing to both God and this person. As I worked on this project, there were so many obstacles that came up in my life. Many of these things personally attacked and affected me. But I heard the Lord say, "Completion." He constantly told me to complete this task no matter what Satan was doing to distract me. And yes, I realized early on this was Spiritual Warfare. It wasn't just happening with me either; many saints of God were in battle.
I remember talking with a wonderful woman during this time who was also battling spiritual warfare. I told her, "To walk on water, we have to keep our eyes on Jesus." It didn't matter what the wind and the waves were doing. I realized they were trying to garner my attention. But I had my eyes fixed on Jesus. He said, "Come" and I was going to the other side. How many of you have taken your eyes off Jesus when you started doing what, at the time, seemed impossible, only to be distracted by the winds and the waves that were there to cause you to sink? If you know the game plan set to take you out, don't let it suck you into being a participant. Worries, distractions, depression, family troubles, and personal attacks are devices the enemy will use to defeat you. To get you talking wrong. Life and death is in the power of the tongue.
I told this woman on that night, "I'm like Nehemiah on the wall. I'm doing a good work and I can't come down." That's what all the negative distractions in life are about. Making us come down off the wall to see what's going on and to stop us from finishing the work. When God continued to minister to me with the Word "completion", He was telling me that when I finished what He had called me to do, He had something else wonderful for me to start.
On the same day I handed off the completion of the work I had begun, God assigned another even greater work for me to begin. It's so exciting seeing what God is planning next! Anyone can start something. How many can complete? God desires people who will stay the course. The race is not given to the swift nor to the strong, but to the one who endures to the end. We are in a race. Sometimes it's a sprint. Sometimes, it's a marathon. Sometimes, it's a relay race ran where I may merely hand off the baton to myself for the next leg. But whatever we do, we should do it heartingly as unto the Lord.
Yes, God may have called you to a work. But can He trust you to complete it? As important as starting something might be, it is better to cross the finish line of Completion. Starting--Staying--Completion. And I didn't have to wait to get to heaven; I heard on that day from the Lord, "Well done thy good and faithful servant." Now He is saying, "It's time to begin again." And that's where I am today: Beginning yet again, toward another completion.
Until next time...
Vanessa Davis Griggs