SHOW UPMay 14, 2023 2023-05-03 12:59
Read: John 5:1-9
“Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” (John 5:8)
I woke up on a particular Thursday morning experiencing extreme dizzy spells. The dizziness was so bad, it kept me in bed all morning and afternoon. As I lay in bed, I wondered how I would host the weekly Prayer Rain of The Fulfilled Woman Fellowship (TFWP). Several options raced through my mind as I laid there feeling ill. ‘Cancel the meeting’, ‘Send a message of apology to the women to let them know how sick you are’, ‘ask someone else to host the meeting’.
Many other options kept surfacing and then I heard the following words in my spirt. “Show up even if you can’t put on your camera, show up even if you can’t pray out loud as you would normally do, just show up as you are’. I got up still feeling woozy, helped myself to a cup of tea and proceeded to get ready for the meeting. I showed up for that meeting and what an impactful meeting it was. I shared my story with the women as I sensed that God wanted someone present to receive the encouragement needed to move forward.
Irrespective of your current situation in life, you must keep showing up wherever you need to, even if you must limp or stagger forward. If I had remained on that bed, I would have missed being a blessing to the women. We miss out on opportunities, when we fail to show up, and some other person takes our place. Jesus said to the lame man, “rise, take up your bed and walk”. Your bed is that affliction, pain, or issue that kept you bound in that spot. Sometimes, God may not remove that affliction, you would need to trust Him, pick up that bed and go forward.
No matter how heavy the bed of affliction you must carry is, make a commitment today to pick it up and show up. keep showing up, you never know when the tides would turn.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at email@example.com
I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.