16. Well, You Have Outgrown the Wilderness

Joshua 1:2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel.”

This Is for You, Yes You.

Well, you have outgrown the wilderness and have come a long way. Just like the pupa that naturally transforms and grows to a butterfly inside the chrysalis, it outgrows the space as it reaches its final stage of incubation. It then cracks open the chrysalis to fully emerge to an adult butterfly.

You have come a long way and have transformed your life. You moved up and left it all behind, the grumbling, defiance, impatience, anxieties, doubts, low self-esteem, arrogance, procrastination, self-sabotage, bitterness, pride, stubbornness, etc. All that dead weight of negative past pains you kept alive that locked out your opportunities. It is all in the past. The mind is no longer conflicted, and the heart is no longer troubled.  Even though you may have fallen countless times, you got up and stood tall and reached your light. You learned a lot about yourself. You know yourself on a much deeper level. And you truly see why you had to go through the journey. The hardship that you endured, the lonely days, the tears you wiped alone, but you pulled through anyway and continued to show up. You have stopped working haphazard, and foolishly publicizing your dreams prematurely. You are now discipline, focused, determined, and keeping your cards tight to your chest. You may have not reached your destination yet, but you have achieved great milestones that have been propelling you to your biggest goal. Be proud of the changes you have made so far. You have done it.

Now you understand and accept that your purpose is bigger than you, and you cannot do it alone. Without a doubt, you truly know and appreciate the work that God had already done. God has prepared a team of mentors, leaders, and supporters that have already walked their paths paving the way for you. At the right time, you will cross paths with them if you do not quit. You can now easily identify who is or is not with you. All those ravenous wolves in sheep’s skin are no longer part of your life. You are now not easily swayed, blindsided, and misled. The “naysayers” are gob smacked with disbelief to see you sprouting in adversities. The hurdles you jump, the mountains you climbed, and the valleys you crossed, no one believed you could make it.  They were certain you will fail. In fact, they bet on you failing and quitting. Look at you, you have grown, and have matured.

You hid in the dark while pushing others ahead. No more leading from the sidelines. The stand is prepared and is prepared just for you. Be a Leader you were born to be.

Light the way!!!

Thank you.

Keeping the vision alive is how we can overcome the hurdles we encounter in our transitional passages. We saw the Israelites surrendering all and showing up thoughtfully incorporating the new ways to their day-to-day life. Finding out that the burden was no longer heavy. They were now slaves of righteousness. 

The time came for Israelites to cross over the river Jordan “Joshua 1: 2 (“…arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people…”) and be closer to their destination. They were no longer departing in fear (Exodus 12:33) nor going out defiantly (Exodus 14:8). They crossed in harmony respecting and following their leaders (Joshua 3:3-4).  And one can only reach that stage when they cooperate and be in harmony with themselves first and with others in all areas of their lives.

I feared letting go of control. I doubted my choices and questioned my motives. It was fear that led me to be controlled by urges. I asked myself many times if I was doing the right thing. What was going to be different this time, I asked? There were times I asked, “why me? “I mean, was there no one better than me?  There were church goers and well astute people who have already established themselves. In my mind, God was just going to twig few nuts and bolts in them. There I was, needed all kinds of tools and a team of labors. The amount of time and attention to work on me. You know what? God saw what I did not see in me. That, there was still life left in me, a tiny spark He ignited to His liking. It was time to come out of the grave.

Therefore, God is encouraging you to be kind to yourself. Love yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically and be in harmony with others. Appreciate the partners He brings forth with different skills, experiences to grow your vision. Respect the role each team member plays. Unity opens bigger doors of opportunities and strengthen teamwork. When you flock with your kind, you can withstand obstacles and continue to climb to achieve new greater heights. You will know you have matured when you reflect on your achievements as a team without blowing your own trumpet. Giving praises to God who made it all possible for you and laying no claim to yourself. Here is our God flexin’ His glory, showing us that when we are united, pliable, and cognizant our journey becomes peaceful.

Move forward, you’re closer to your dreams.

14. Show Up for This Day Thoughtfully

Isaiah 60: 1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.”

Change is the daily exercise of shedding off the old you, awakening and adapting to your new self. Emotionally you are maturing and handling yourself better. More importantly, you are now able to control your mind.

Let us go back for a moment.

For four hundred years, the Israelites were living as slaves, following the command of the Egyptians building the economy of Egypt. Segregated and deprived of civilization. Emotionally broken and abused. Spiritually in the turmoil of hoping on what was promised to them by the Lord God of their forefathers. But, when it was their time, God remembered them and freed them. And He took them through the journey of transformation in the wilderness. Establishing Himself and developing new systems for them to govern their Promised Land. Training their minds to gradually transition out of the slave mentality and evolve to a victorious mindset. Taking them through wars to emotionally sharpen their brains, and strengthen their hearts, as He prepared them to take over the Promised Land. Building confidence in them to adapt to their new roles of authority. Teaching them resilience by constantly moving them from one place to another. Putting them through trials, testing their faith, and developing endurance in them by leading them to places with no water. Introducing routines, yet instilling prudence for them to awaken even in those normal repetitive daily activities.

To be awaken

Exodus 33: 8-11 “Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise, and each would stand at his tent, When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door”

Dr. Fawzy Masaoud, a Senior CBT Psychotherapist from London UK, published on his website insightful articles about “mindfulness.” He states in one of his articles that mindfulness is developing awareness. And further describes that“It uses mind-body-based training, called mindfulness practices, to enable us to bring out attention, deliberately on everyday activities so that we can turn into our thoughts, emotions, moods, senses and bodily sensations as they are right here, right now. Mindfulness practices allow distressing emotions, thoughts, and sensations to come and go, without feeling that you must suppress them, run away from them, or fight them. You learn to stay in touch with the present moment, without being driven to ruminate about the past or worry about the future”

Some of us have encountered trials in our journey of transformation that led us to feel discouraged and confused. Where we ended up dragging ourselves through the day, emotionally and mentally unmoved. Crushed by the false assumption that the journey would not be as challenging.  And never expected the effect of the rupture from letting go of the old ways.

But when we learn to daily appreciate our blessings and try not to spiral to old negative patterns. Mainly, reflect on the good that God did and daily give thanks to God with prayer. Then reaching acceptance gives us the grace to know ourselves on a deeper level. The Israelites were the blessed children of God who lifted no finger to fight for their freedom in Egypt. They did not sail on ships to cross over.  God divided waters of the Red Sea for them to cross over, Exodus 14: 22 “And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left”. They crossed on foot. In the wilderness, God took the responsibility of providing food day in and out. They never dug the ground searching for water.

Having a good judgment prepares you to positively show up in those normal repetitive daily activities. Gradually you start to accept the change and appreciate small things that in the past were taken for granted. Continually transforming emotionally, mentally and exploring all opportunities. Routine no longer becomes senseless as you get awakened to the benefits of it. The mind is at peace as one explores the new ways with humility, love, and respect. Inflexibility diminishes and one grows to be open-minded focusing on the positive aspects of their lives. Flowing unforced with the movement of time. Your past no longer has any effect on you. And, you will know you have evolved when you can only withdraw good from your bad past experiences. Attentively showing up to this moment, this day with dedication and grace.

Thank You, God, for the blessings of this day

To read more on Dr. Fawzy Masaoud- Mindfulness articles, please visit https://psychotherapy-londons.com

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