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Transitions: Trampled on the Floor

The past few years of my life have been ones of transition, endless waiting and sometimes disappointment. I’ve alluded to and written about it many times. Long story short, I left my job in Texas to start my own business and moved to Atlanta for a three-month transition. In my mind that is all it would take before the business was up and running and I could move to my real destination, Washington, DC (because this is where the business was based). That three months has turned into over two years and I reached a point where I was tired of telling people that I was moving anywhere because I just didn’t know when/if it would happen. As a matter of fact, I actually told people I was moving to Washington, DC nearly two years before I left Texas so in total this has now been a four year wait. If you have had any experience with God you know that many times your best made plans aren’t a part of His plan.

But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Micah 4:12 KJV From my brief study, I found that sheaves are stalks of grain and they were gathered on the threshing floor during harvest time for a two-step process. First the actual grain was separated from the chaff. To do this, oxen would pull a metal spiked sledge that would break the heads of the grain from the stalk or they would just trample them. Next the broken stalks were tossed into the air and the wind would blow the lighter chaff away while the heavier grain would fall back on the floor where it could then be gathered for use.

My time of transition has been like the sheaves on the threshing floor. I went from making a very lucrative salary to making zero, zilch, nada. Months would go by and I had nothing but what I could borrow or get from someone else. My mini-vacations that I would frequently take turned into staycations in my room. I found myself in an “asking” position when I was usually the giver. Shopping excursions were non-existent as my belly became wider, clothes became tattered and shoes wobbled to the side. When I could no longer afford my health insurance, the aches and pains started. I went from being a mover and shaker, featured in Ebony Magazine to feeling insignificant. Finally my car called it quits. Although I grew up poor, THIS was a very unfamiliar position. Throughout this process I have felt a gamut of emotions: happiness, depression, bitterness, envy, contentment and disappointment. I had good days and many bad ones. During the process, I felt beat down and trampled but it was only to extract the good grain. Without the threshing floor, the harvest would be incomplete.

I had to learn more about myself and have many things extracted and tossed so that in the finishing process only the good grain was left in me. Sometimes God humbles you by removing the frills and unnecessary things to get you to the place He has ordained for you. A place where you are truly dependent on Him and can recognize that it is His goodness, and not your own doing, that gets you your blessings.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13 NIV Admittedly during this process, my faith wavered; yet, God remained faithful. Did I get everything that I wanted when I wanted? No! However, He absolutely never failed to supply my needs. This month (July) represents a turning point in my life. After a little over two years in business, I received my first paycheck from my business one that will come consistently versus “some” money at any random month. From my time in the threshing process, I know how to use my money wiser so that when God grants me the increase that I need and desire, I will make sound investments versus temporary gratification. My “giving” strategy will be a lot different because when I couldn’t give I realized that people would always find a way without me. It made me realize that I was a resource and not their “source.” I learned that lesson for myself as well. As I sit in a hotel room now after a second trip of apartment hunting in Washington, DC, I have ultimately learned that if we can only learn to trust God and His timing He will prepare us for our harvest.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for my time in the threshing process as You prepared me for the harvest. I ask that You continue to let those traits, people and other characteristics that are not useful blow off of me into the wind. Help me to be anxious for nothing because You have told me that in due season I will reap a harvest. You have been faithful to Your Word even in the midst of my doubt. God, I ask that You continue to build my faith as I move into the next phase that You have prepared for me. In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to trust Him in the process. Although it’s hard because what you see what’s happening in other people’s lives (marriages, babies, career advancements, notoriety, goal accomplishments, financial prosperity) may seem foreign for your own. Know that He is preparing you for your harvest by extracting those things that aren’t useful for that next phase in your life. Trust that He is faithful to you because it is who He is and who He has always been.

Are you waiting on God and feel as if it is not going to happen? If you examine yourself, is it that God has you on the threshing floor? Share your story with us in the comment section.

Read a related EmpowerMoment: Seasons Change

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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16 thoughts on “Transitions: Trampled on the Floor”

  1. Chancee’, your testimony was a blessing!! I truly believe God is taking me thru a process, teaching me to firmly believe without a doubt, increase my prayers and fasting to Him and let Him set me apart to be totally surrendered to Him. Sometimes God will bring you down and strip you so you can depend and trust in Him fully and solely! I always true success cannot be obtained unless my Lord and Savior is involved! As I believe God for leading me to being debt free and guiding me to the next steps in my life whether career-wise or personal and totally surrendering myself I am very encouraged God promises will be fulfilled. Stay encouraged Chancee’ and I will pray for your new journey in D.C.

  2. Chancee’ I feel the dame exact way about school. I have been telling people I am going to be a Dental Hygienist for about 6yrs, but God hasn’ t allowed me to be accepted into the program yet. Congratulations & thank you for that. I knew my waiting was not in vein, but sometimes you need that confirmation. Im so happy for you sister.

    1. Continue to seek Him and study study study. God wants us to have the desires of our heart. Sometimes the path is a little different but the ultimate goal is to make it to the destination. Let your faith move you forward.

  3. Sister Chancee:
    I can totally relate to everything that you have written today. I’ve known for a long time that the call of God was on my life, and I started running from it. Finally, after what seems to me to be a long time, God placed me in a position where I could no longer run; He stripped me of everything, and I mean everything. The ‘threshing floor’ process seems to be long when we’re going through it; I found out that God will keep us there until we yield completely to His will and to His way. During the time that He has you there, everything that’s not like God is being purged from your very being. But when I look back over my life during this process, I can honestly say that I would not change anything that has happened. I have grown spiritually and my relationship with God has grown deeper; money cannot buy what I have found through faith in God. The harvest is truly on the way, to God be the glory! Galatians 6:9 reads, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint (do not give up) not.”
    Be blessed.

  4. I have enjoyed each of the EmpowerMoments I’ve read. This one has set in my spirit so that it is kind of difficult to write and be still. This encouragement is so powerful that I believe I have reached another level in the spirit. I pray for the continued success for all of GOD’S WOMEN in motion. I pray for continued wealth in your spirits, finances, relationships and other personal endeavors. For God said it is so. May he continue to bless you and allow you to be a blessing to others.

  5. Thanks sis. for the fresh bread. I have been waiting and still waiting on a “move” in my own life. It’s hard,but I got a new look on it and I feel EMPOWERED to stay in this position because I won’t faint ,and will receive my harvest,AMEN!!

  6. Chancee! This is an amazing testimony and SO on time for me and so many other folk that I know. Thank you for breaking it down in these terms and making it plain. As believers we know to be patient and wait on the Lord – but when it gets difficult as it often does – messages like this renew our faith. Thanks!!

    And Congratulations sis! 🙂

  7. Wow, I wrote about the same thing yesterday! I definitely know the way you feel because I’m feeling it too. Hang in there, better days are coming!

  8. What a blessed empowermoment! I agree with Linda as I was reading I could feel the Spirit of God. Chancee you haven’t seen nothing yet!

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