|The Destiny Diva!|
Written by Elder Alonia Jones
All praises be to God for the New Year! I’m so glad we made it. If I had to sum up the year 2013 in only a few words, this is what I’d say, “Wow, what a year!” And I mean that in more ways than one because 2013 presented a very colorful array of highs and lows for me. As I experienced the highs and lows, there’s one thing that God made perfectly clear to me during 2013: life is a series of phases, and those phases will present themselves in the form of the highs and lows that we experience from day to day.
Among the most difficult lows for the year is the fact that my father, along with three uncles and two first cousins transitioned. I can’t begin to tell you the emotional anguish this caused. But in the midst of the pain, God allowed me to see a number of highs: my husband, mother, children and other immediate family members are all doing well; my daughter graduated from high school and was able to enter college (my alma mater) on a full scholarship; a health concern proved to be a false alarm; and God revealed a business endeavor for which I’d been in quest of for years, causing my territory in business to be enlarged. I can truly see the light at the end of the tunnel now, all praise be to God.
Yes, the highs and lows of life are part of our metamorphosis. But perhaps the most challenging part of embracing the metamorphosis is the fact that its phases may be painful, uncomfortable, full of uncertainty, sometimes unwanted, and even seemingly unfair. Yet, they are necessary, nevertheless. How could that be? Well, when we accept the sovereignty of God, there are many wisdom nuggets that come along with that fact. Through the comfort of God’s Word and His spirit, here’s what 2013 showed me as I learned to embrace the metamorphosis:
· God’s got a plan for me: Regardless of what I experience, God has a plan for my life and He expects me to win – Jeremiah 29:11 and 3 John 2.
· I can overcome anything: Sickness, death, waywardness, lack…it doesn’t matter. God’s given me the power to overcome because I’m more than a conqueror – Romans 8:37.
· There’s a purpose for it all: ALL things – the good, the bad and the ugly –
work together for my good – Romans 8:28.
· I can take it: God will never put more on me than I can bear – 1 Corinthians 10:13.
· God’s got me: God sees, hears and knows all. There’s nothing that has happened, is happening or will ever happen in my life that He doesn’t know about. So if He allowed it, it must serve a purpose and He will also allow me to get through it – Isaiah 43:2-3.
· Peace is mine: There’s no need to be anxious about anything because I can pray about it and let God give me peace – Philippians 4:6-7.
This was more than enough consolation for me, and for that, I shall be forever grateful.
I mentioned earlier that 2013 was the year that God revealed a business endeavor for which I’d been in quest of for years. As He began to show me this revelation, it’s absolutely amazing how He revealed the necessity for everything that I had to go through to get to this point. Believe it or not, for the first time in my life I was finally able to fully understand the fact that nothing I’ve experienced on my road to destiny caught God off guard. I have felt His presence like never before, and I appreciate the fact that He held me when I felt the loneliest, He gave me reassurance just when doubt was about to creep in, and He gave me courage to stay the course when I know I would have, otherwise, thrown in the towel.
Now that God has blessed us with a brand new year, it is my most fervent prayer that we will all embrace the metamorphosis of life. If things look a little bleak, hold on to hope, knowing that it’s only a part of the process that must take place. Also remember that before the butterfly can become the beautiful creation that it burgeons into, it must first go through its metamorphosis. There are lessons to be learned during the metamorphosis. There is growth and development that must take place during the metamorphosis. There is dead weight that needs to fall off during the metamorphosis. There are even tears that must be shed during the metamorphosis. Oh, but when the metamorphosis takes its course, it is then that we can spread our wings and fly. Thank you, dear Lord, for helping us to embrace the metamorphosis.
Elder Alonia Jones is an Atlanta-based communications professional. She is an award winning journalist, as well as an author, preacher/teacher/speaker, entrepreneur and destiny coach. A licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel, she is known as an excellent writer, captivating and witty speaker and challenging teacher/trainer. For more information on Elder Jones, visit her online at www.aloniajones.com or www.Dream-2-Destiny.com.