DRAG ME TO THE PITS OF HELL
At the very same time I was dealing with some hardships, my girlfriends sister, another close friend of mine and my neighbor were going through personal issues as well. It took me half the day to pull myself together through prayer, supplication and meditation. I felt ready to tackle the rest of the day, when I received concurrent texts from friends seeking prayers and spiritual support. I’d just finished reading Psalm 119:81 which says, “I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word.” It seemed the exact words needed to comfort everyone seeking wisdom and guidance to face the day. Sometimes, even as you’re searching for the right words to comfort those in need, you wonder if it will have any impact on them. You find yourself suddenly becoming a bit emotionally invested and before you know it, you’re being dragged into hell, without a passport. I imagined Jesus having to endure so much, even as He to helped others, while feeling the weight of the world on His shoulders. Like Him, we want the best for our loved ones and pray they will take the advice we provide. What do we do when our loved ones refuse to listen to our advice?
When I started blogging for my former job, I had a hard time finding my voice. I knew I wanted offer more than the usual health and wellness tips. The need to tackle deeper topics each patient faced daily were my weekly goals, overwhelmed me. It took me at least a year to find my voice and it liberated me from the creative restraints I put myself in at the start of the job. With ideas and thoughts flowing, I fell into a smooth rhythm as the words flowed like the waters of a rushing river. However one day, after a colleague read my latest work, she asked me if I’d read any of the feedback from the patients. My answer was no. She admitted to reading a lot of the comments, because it generated a lot of conversation. I immediately stopped her mid sentence and told her I didn’t want to know if it had any impact on them, for fear my readers would miss the point of each message. How do we even know we’re making positive change when we’re sending a prophetic message to those in need?
In the Old Testament, Father God told the Prophet Ezekiel to send a message to the rebellious nation of Israel. He reminded Ezekiel the Israelites were “a stubborn and half hearted people, but I am sending you to say to them, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says!” (Ezekiel 1: 4) Now look at the next line, Father God, adds, “And whether they listen or refuse to listen, for remember, they are rebels- at least they will know they have had a prophet among them” (v. 5) I’m sure Ezekiel wondered how will anyone believe me? Will they even listen to me? Most importantly, why me God? I ask myself that question all the time. However, Father God made it clear his job wasn’t to make people listen, it was simply to be OBEDIENT and follow the His plan. In other words, Ezekiel only had one job and that was to OBEY Father God’s instructions. Ezekiel did as he was told, however, no one really paid much attention to him. Therefore, the people didn’t listen to God’s message. Because Ezekiel obeyed Father God’s commands, he received favor and blessings. It’s interesting how significantly our lives can change when we fully put our trust in the Lord. There’s NO WAY we will ever fail, by doing so.
Starting my own blog weighed heavily on me, while I worked for my former employer. I knew my words were geared toward the patients living a healthier lifestyle, but I had a deep urgency to reach my audience on a deeper level. Father God indeed works in mysterious ways because the urgency I felt was Father God telling me to be obedient. I can’t tell you how many times I neglected His voice. Doing so, led me to a flood of hellish torment in my life, simply because I kept a deaf ear to His voice. So, He removed my dearest treasures, my son and husband. It was all I needed to be humble and brought to my knees. In the beginning I wondered if anyone would be interested in the new content. I prayed to God that I would be grateful if one person read it. However, getting people to read the blog ultimately wasn’t my job. I simply had to write the words and send it to as many people I could reach. It didn’t matter if it was only one person. I followed Father God’s instructions and did as I was told. You maybe wondering how do I know Father God instructed me to do start my own blog? Unlike Ezekiel, Father God’s voice told him to relate the message to the people of Israel. Instead, I encountered a feeling of urgency of “do it,” that weighed heavily on my heart. If you’ve ever experienced feelings of urgency, warning about a person, or maybe even something urging you to take a different career path, those feelings are Father God communicating with us. He’s letting us know we need to be obey Him. However, with all the distractions around us, it’s very hard to center our thoughts to hear the voice that leads us all to fulfill our purpose. Imagine if we took time to truly listen to Father God, how we can all live truly live a life focused on what God wants us to do? Never again would we have to fell lost, alone and distracted. Instead, by listening and obeying, we’re finally shutting the gates to hell and throwing away the key and avoiding our own self made hell.
Finally, I'd like to make a shout to you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x_R5ygx77Y for the image at the beginning of the blog. It's "From Orthodox Afterlife: Heaven and Hell Revealed," published by Gregory Decapolite. If you get the chance, you want to check out the video, click on the link above. As always, stay blessed!