June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
Let me begin this EmpowerMoment by telling you that God is an amazing God. He protects me from my own crazy self and I thank Him. Exactly two weeks ago I wrote an EmpowerMoment entitled “Turning it Around for Me.” In the EmpowerMoment I was discussing my current situation with my employment.
I discussed how God was revealing to me that I was losing my zeal at work. I was confused and I knew confusion wasn’t of God. I thought that my answer was right there in my face and that I needed to turn and go back to my former employer because my current job was difficult. I started to pray to ask God to let my transition be smooth and let this be the right decision. I thought I was doing the right thing by running back to my comfort zone. I was all prepared to tell my boss that I was leaving, well I actually did tell her I was leaving. The conversation was totally different than what I expected. God was right there the entire time and she didn’t even know she was ministering to me. She discussed that I was so close to what God has for me but if I turn and leave now her exact words were “You will be committing career suicide.” That statement really made me think. She also began to tell me that if I run from the unknown and difficult times then I will never be who I was ordained to be. This statement also pierced my soul. She didn’t take I was leaving as my final answer instead she told me to go pray and discuss it with some people that wanted to see me advance in my career.
You know I immediately remembered what one of my good friends discussed with me about the situation. She said that she hoped I wasn’t in the wilderness and I was going back to Egypt. I laughed until I went to my Bible and it stated “And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would that we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore doth Jehovah bring us unto this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be a prey: were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.”( Numbers 14:1-4) After praying and assuming I had received my answer, God still covered me the same as He had the children of Israel when they wanted to run back to what they knew. I begin to think about how close I was and yet I would rather go back to my former employer because of comfort. The children of Israel forget about the beatings and other ill treatment they received while in Egypt because this uncomfortable place only makes them think of the good times and not the bad. How soon we forget!
If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. (Numbers 14:8) I begin to think about how Israel was so close to the promise land but because the spies told them that there were giants and huge walls in the land of milk and honey they were ready to run. Even though God promised them this land and some even saw the land they still didn’t believe they would ever make to the promise land. I can relate because I am so close to walking into my destiny that it seems surreal. Yes, there are going to be giants and high walls but God is equipping me for success. Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” (Number 13: 31-33) I felt like Israel, I began to ask God how was this my promise land when it seemed as if this journey was becoming too hard. God sent me a Caleb that explained to me that being in the wilderness doesn’t feel good. It’s very uncomfortable. So even though my Egypt seems like it was better than my current situation, it is not in God’s will for me to return. I thank You God for showing me how truly blessed I am and that You are turning it around for me!
Thank You for turning it around for me when I didn’t even realize You were turning it around. God continue to cover me as I go through my wilderness experiences. I know You didn’t promise me that the wilderness would be comfortable but God give me the strength to endure. Please fill me with guidance, wisdom, understanding and confidence to conquer giants and high walls that may be in my promised land. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to let God be God and turn it around for you. Remember even in the wilderness you are blessed. We all have wilderness experiences and whatever your experience is don’t run back to Egypt. I want you to know that the promise land is closer than you think. Don’t run back to easy but embrace the difficulties in the wilderness because you will win at the end. I pray that every woman reading this EmpowerMoment will face her wilderness head on because that’s the only way you are going to make it to the promise land. I EMPOWER you to share your wilderness experience.
Please listen to Fred Hammond and Radical for Christ as they remind us that even in our darkest hour We Are Blessed
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” and Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.