Random fact: Did you know out of millions of words in the English language none of them rhyme with the word orange?
The other night, while making dinner, I thought a citrus flavor would pair well with my dish, so I searched my refrigerator for a lemon because I knew that flavor would blend perfectly. To my dismay, I could not find any lemons or lemon flavoring. However, I found some oranges that were in my refrigerator so I decided to use those instead. I grabbed one, cut it in half, squeezed the juice from the orange into my dish and threw it away. After adding the other ingredients, I decided to add another orange. I repeated the first process of cutting the orange in half and squeezing it, but this time I left it on the counter. At that time, I wanted to get gourmet so I diced some onions and thought orange peels would really heighten the flavor of my dish. I then grabbed the mangled orange, gutted it, diced the peels and threw the remainder away.
At that moment, my heart grew heavy. I realized so many times that I’ve been that orange—just sitting somewhere minding my business when someone grabbed me, squeezed the life out of me and left me empty. Then, just when I thought I was free from them, they would come back, take what was left of me and cut me some more. I thought about how many “oranges” there are in the world, who were abandoned and left for dead. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me saying, “Dené you are looking at the wrong thing. I squeezed everything out of you that wasn’t like Me. I removed people you were attached to. I broke away pieces of you, all to make you better and pull you closer, allowing you to hear My voice so I can take you to a better place. You, my child, are now the star of a dish, the main ingredient when you weren’t even supposed to make an appearance. I have you always.” I had to stop and thank Jesus for His glory is SO great!
Later I realized, “in Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will.” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV) I find peace in knowing I’m predestined to be the praise of His glory. I am so perfectly made that out of millions I don’t rhyme with anything that has ever been created and my destiny doesn’t sound like anything that has ever been done. For that I am so thankful!
Thank You so much for changing my perspective. I realize that it is not what I see, but how I see it. You’ve taken me through things, but I it was to create the woman You predestined me to be. Father, I ask for continued preparation, allowing me to sit in the refrigerator marinating as long as needed so when I come out, I’m ready to serve. God, I trust You with my life and know every season is for a reason. Lord, I thank You for my testimony that will empower and bless others. God, I thank You again for grace so when I’m going through, I don’t look like the orange that was mangled and empty. You keep me full and robust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to change your perspective. So many times we go through looking at what happened to us or what is happening to us instead of looking at what is happening for us. When you are being prepared and going through, just remember who your Father is. He is always faithful and always comes through! “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.” (Hebrews 12:11-12 NIV)
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Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené’s worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).