Throughout this process, God has required me to be quiet, not spill all that I’m facing on public time lines and news feeds, but when he asks me to share something, I don’t think twice about doing it. Typically me sharing and being transparent has nothing to do with me (because I’m not ashamed of my shortcomings), but everything to do with you, the reader.
Around 1 o’clock this morning, as I was completing job applications, I had to put the date from when I started my matriculation through my illustrious Spelman College and when I finished: August 2000 – May 2004.
My first thought was, “dang, those were some good years!”
The follow-up thought was, “dang, you’re so far behind the curve. It’s been 7 years since you left school and look at you, still grappling for a chance to achieve your dreams. Never gonna happen.”
That second thought wasn’t mine.
The enemy planted his big, fat self on my cerebrum and started spitting some evil, foul things.
As soon as those thoughts came, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a scripture found in Joel.
And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar… and ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. —Joel 2:25-26
If you are in a place where you’ve been on the pursuit of a dream and the years have seemingly flown by, don’t give up.
God’s time is not our time. 7 years to him is but an hour.
The word “restore”, as used in this scripture, is translated from the Hebrew to mean to complete, to finish, to fulfill, to make good, reward, repay, make full restitution.
God has the ability to restore the time, bring you back to where you would have been, and bless you even greater than you would have been the first time around.
Keep pushing forward, my friends. You are not limited by time. Expect for God to redeem and restore the time that has been “lost”.
Be ye ready so when time seems to SPEED UP you’re ready for the ride!
On the Chase,