By Stephanie Montague
If you’re like me, you hate going to the grocery store.
But hate it or not, the trip to the grocery store has to be made if I want to eat.
It always seems that when I go to the grocery store everyone within the entire 5-mile radius of the market also has to shop at the exact same time. When I go, I seldom need an entire cart of goods…so there I am with an arm basket of just a few staples. Often when I reach the counter, I find that several, if not all, of the lines (including the self-checkout line) are filled with people whose carts are overflowing. As I stand there, I try to channel my inner Zen, my utopia, my calm, and my patience as I wait with my small basket of goods.
There are those merciful moments, those moments of generosity, and compassion that I experience in line when someone says, “Oh. Is that all you’re buying? You can get in front of me.” Oh happy day!
But just like those times when I’m lucky enough to find someone that will allow me to get ahead of them in line, there are moments as we travel this journey called life where we suddenly get to move forward before our time, when we are accelerated and when we find ourselves next in line for that blessing.
John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” This scripture lets us know that there are many times where the enemy comes to steal our joy or take our peace of mind. The thief is our enemy. The thief is one who takes what doesn’t belong to him. Our joy was given to us by God, but that doesn’t stop the enemy from trying to steal away that joy from our hearts. If we find or allow a way in, the enemy will try to make it appear as though our blessings are gone. He wants us to believe that we will be stuck with “nothing” forever.
Not only does the enemy steal, but he’s also a murderer. He wants to kill of your belief that things will turn around; kill the ideal that you are next in line to be blessed. He wants to destroy your faith; to have your faith become shaken as if God isn’t able to accelerate your blessing. However, the Bible lets us know in John 10:10 that Jesus came so that we may have life and have it ABUNDANTLY! God has more than enough to bless us. He has many blessings with our names on them. He will move us up in line to be blessed.
Moreover, Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Isn’t it awesome to know that no matter what, all things…ALL THINGS work together?! Yes, even the bad things, the pain, the loss, the debt and the regret will be used by God for our good! It’s hard to see when we are where we are that suddenly things will turn around…that suddenly we will be blessed. But, the Bible urges us in Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” The word “tarry” would mean delay or move slowly in our time. It may appear to be delayed, but when it reaches us it will be right on time! There is an appointed time. Don’t miss that in this scripture. There is an appointed time and season for everything. Crops have an appointed season and so does our blessings. We will reap in due season!
Think of Daniel. Daniel had prayed earnestly in Chapter 10 of the book named for him. For an 21 days, his blessing was being held up by the enemy; it was being blocking and the angel who was assigned to bring it to him was in a fight to do so. I know that some of us have been waiting far more than 21 days, but even when we are accelerated up front and receive what we have been praying for the time will have been worth it all.
Suddenly we will have favor. Suddenly we are healed. Suddenly joy is restored.
Suddenly our blessing is loosed from heaven and that angel is bringing it on down.