Updated: May 8
Where) are you today?
Excited, grateful? Or, perhaps you’re frustrated, annoyed – even discouraged?
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, there are times during “life’s journey” that we experience the emotional exhaustion that comes with GRINDING to attain a tangible goal; either having lost sight or being completely unaware that we are the tangible goal God has created us to attain.
If you’re anything like me, you have a vision, yet getting there can often drain us psychologically. For many of us, life is more than a mystery; it’s absolutely perplexing at times. We feel like we’re on a roller coaster that refuses to stop. It’s no wonder we throw our hands up and say, “What the hell is going on” (come on Christians), even if you don’t “say” it, you’re thinking it, LOL
The journey wears and tears on our soul. Not understanding why things happen the way they do causes us to question ourselves and if we’re honest - God. We look at others and compare our hustle to theirs, thinking “Man, I’m working hard too, God. Where’s my harvest”? We try to stay humble, but we think to ourselves: What is it about them that everything seems to be working but here I am going hard for God and my time still hasn’t come?
Any of this sound familiar?
See, it’s never God’s Word, it’s always His way that “throws us for a loop” as my grandmother use to say.
Because we know this about ourselves, I want to share something with you that I believe will not only edify but encourage and equip you for times like these.
It wasn’t long ago, while out on my morning “walk-n-talk” with God, I came to a place that had different kinds of trees on either side of the trail. In that moment, I stopped to observe them closer. I walked this trail many times, but this morning I was captivated by what once seemed common.
The trees on my right were not much taller than me, the roots looked brittle and the trunk bent over strangely, twisting upward to explode into these beautiful green leaves with bright red flowers that blossomed on the end. However, the trees on my left were much different.
The roots of these trees looked strong and its trunk was extremely thick. The leaves looked like little green clusters, and it was so tall that you had to literally step back and fully extend your neck to see to the top.
While gazing back and forth observing the contrast of the trees, I was inspired to see something that my eyes were not previously blessed to perceive. These trees were unified in their category, yet unique in their crafting.
See, they both belong to the “tree family”, yet were positioned differently, holding different postures, and presenting hugely different displays of God’s glorious imagination. In that moment, it occurred to me that their “journey” from seed to tree must have required them to travel very different journeys in order to present the world with an equal yet exclusive beauty - isn't this how we are?
We're all a part of the “human family” yet each of us require different steps, circumstances, and positioning along our journey in order to bring out – unfold, unpack, and reveal our equal yet exclusive beauty. (Selah)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time”. Ecclesiastes 3:11
In that moment I began to respect God’s way a little more. I began to love God’s way a little more!
Sure, there’s been MANY times I’ve complained and compared and let’s be real, at some point I’ll do them both again – I’m a follower of Christ, I’m not Him :)
However, in that moment, in a very strange way, it made sense why nothing makes sense – does that make sense? LOL...give it a minute...
Wow! What a powerful image Treveal has presented for us to chew on as we look at our lives and purpose. Come back on Friday to read part two of this blog to help you live fully in your purpose and influence.
Treveal C.W. Lynch Self-Worth Specialist, Author & Speaker www.iamthepossible.com With extreme passion and transparency, Treveal has been captivating audiences for over 18 years. Through his thought-provoking yet highly applicable messages, Treveal has become known as “the voice they listen to”. As a trusted communicator in both the business and faith-based community, Treveal continues to present innovative ideas that spark the imagination, inspires the soul and calls for lasting life change! As the founder of iamthepossible®, a company built on the philosophy that “I and my possibilities are one and the same; everything you hope to be tomorrow, you already are today”, Treveal is committed to communicating ideas that inspire audiences to see themselves in ways they've never imagined possible!