Well, I wanna; But…

By: Antipas Harris
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

A Chinese proverb says, “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.” Life’s challenges often create uncertainties despite our desire to overcome them. However, there is an inner spiritual impetus for us to triumph “certainty” even though the Chinese proverb calls this approach to life “ridiculous.” I call this a divine inspiration to “walk in the ridiculous.”

Challenges that render uncertainties for us include insecurities pertaining to how we might feel that we look in comparison to someone else, measures of success in education, employment, finances, etcetera. As result, we are often tempted to give up.

Life’s changes, moreover, often lead to adjustments, sometimes for life. Normalcy is interrupted in the event of changes in health (illness that debilitates), changes in finances, car accidents, family crises, etcetera.

About six months ago, I was diagnosed with hypertension and fatty liver. My diagnosis came just after my dad experienced kidney failure. In the wake of the family crisis, my diagnosis startled me. Immediately, I changed my diet, began a physical exercise regimen, and paid multiple visits to the doctor to monitor my health progress. Thankfully, I am now overcome the fatty liver and my blood pressure readings are significantly lower. It is amazing, though, how situations and events alter normalcy; fear of the what might happen grips so tight that it is hard to breathe.

I find solace in faith. I have experienced the power of faith in the process of overcoming challenges in the face of uncertainty. Prayer is an essential ingredient to the faith recipe. In addition, we must plan for success.

When my sister Miriam was a baby, she became very ill. My mom’s faith was challenged. The prognosis was discouraging. Mom and dad prayed fervently for her healing. Yet, the duration of her sickness wearied my parents’ faith. Mom said that she convinced herself to accept Miriam’s death as means to help her cope with her declining health. Mom was so discouraged that she started planning Miriam’s funeral and was thinking about what outfit she would bury my sister in. Mom says, she was in the restroom and heard the voice of God whisper to her, “You can plan for her to live just as you can plan for her to die.” The voice quickened my mom’s spirit. She immediately began to believe God again and praise God for Miriam’s life. She began to plan for her to live and not die. Today, Miriam is working on her Ph.D!

The message here is for us to have irresistible faith in God, pray without ceasing and plan to live, plan for success and not failure. Wake up every day and tell self that today I will live every second on purpose. Every second of prayerful planning, every step forward are critical to overcoming adversity. Helen Keller once said, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”

Also, Henry Ford said, “You can do anything if you have enthusiasm.” It does us little good if we pray and plan with little expectation that good can actually come our way despite the challenges. We have to believe God despite the situation. Scripture teaches us to pray, believing that God would grant us our desires.

William F. Scholavino said, “The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.” We must become convinced in our minds and convicted in our hearts that divine success is not contingent upon material circumstances. When Jesus rose from the grave, He did not remove the door to come out of the sepulchre. He came through the material barricade. Also, after resurrection, Jesus did not wait until a door was open to enter into the closed room to meet with his disciples. He entered through the walls. The episode testifies of divine resurrection power to make a way when there is no way. Well, God gave us the same Spirit. Paul says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11).

In today’s economic climate, it is all too easy to give up. The road ahead seems too long. The mountains ahead seem insurmountable. The problems that many of us face seem irresolvable. Success seems incomprehensible. And perhaps they are. Yet, we can face uncertainty with certainty because God specializes in things that seem impossible. Now is the time to believe God as never before. Now is the time to execute faith that is the substance of something that we hope for but never see.

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Antipas Harris
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One Response to “Well, I wanna; But…”

  1. Kay Randal says:

    What a good story! Thanks for sharing.