Happy Tuesday Everyone!! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day! I wanted to share a message that I heard over the weekend from my pastor and I could see how it related to my life.
In the book of Judges, which is one of my favorite books in the bible, there’s a story about a man named Samson. Samson was blessed with strength and being a judge of his people. Samson like all of us longed for relationships….intimate relationships with the opposite sex.
Samson tried and tried multiple times to find “the one of a kind” relationship only to become divorced, become a single man, go on a rampage lighting up fox tails and having them run through fields and burn down crops/land. People feared Samson as they should, he was a judge, a man of God.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on your own life. What is it that God has blessed you? Do you know who you are in Christ? Where are you trying to go? Is what you want/desire within arms reach? Is it addicting? Is it causing you to drift? Do you truly need it?
I recall there was a point in my life where I was just like Samson. Blessed with musical talents but I didn’t want to be known that way. I wanted to search for someone to know me intimately but that desire kept pulling me away from God. As the relationships drifted away, I too drifted away from God, my first real love. It wasn’t until I moved away to start over, I found out I was pregnant. Felt like I’ve hit rocked bottom. Just like Samson, there were many warning signs but ignored them in my pursuit of happiness. There’s nothing wrong with chasing dreams but its all in good timing.
Finding out that I was pregnant was like Samson, bound in chains, lost his strength because they cut his hair, lost his sight; in my case, I was a single parent, not certain how my parents would take the announcement or even my church, not certain if the father would want to be involved or would be a consistent person but at the end I still prevailed in the name of Jesus. Towards the end of Samson, Samson called out to God: “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again. O God, please strengthen me just one more time. With one blow let me pay back the Philistines for the loss of my two eyes”, Judges 16:28. I found strength to keep going with life, gave birth to a beautiful little girl, have a solid community who supported me, family who forgave me, a joyful song to sing and a Godly Father who showed me grace and mercy.
Samson story ended that day, but the best take away is that God is listening and always near by. We are over comers! I was gonna say don’t allow the distractions to take a hold of you, but its life, it happens. But how you react is the important step you’ll make once you’ve hit . Stay in constant communion with Christ, you’ll become more aware of our surroundings and distractions.
Remember God is always here. You are always welcomed back into his loving arms.