Over the weekend, our area was hit with the season’s first snowfall. During the storm, the roads were not treated; thereby making driving anything less predictable. Usually, I don’t go out during a snow storm for I hate driving in the snow and can’t stand cleaning my car off. Yet still, I went out anyways for I had already given my word to my friend and godson that he’d be able to go to his best friend’s birthday party. Grant it, he’s only 5 years old and I’m the adult, but still I knew he had his heart set on going and I didn’t want to disappoint a child.
All day long, I checked back and forth with the weather channel. The numbers kept going up and down stating we’d receive between 1-6 inches of snow. While lying in bed listening to the news reports, I really hoped it wouldn’t be the latter. When I looked outside, it didn’t seem too bad, so I took the chance of trying to drive out to the party. From the minute I cleared away my car, I knew this was a bad idea. It was cold, heavily coming down and I was really in no shape to drive. I had a bad stomachache and my nerves were shot to say the least. My anxiety about driving was starting to kick in; yet still, I persevered onward.
Driving on the streets were horrendous. With all of the chatter about the weather, the proper authorities did absolutely nothing to treat the roads. As a result, people were slipping and sliding down the streets doing 20 miles per hour. What would’ve taken 30 mins of driving on a regular day now took almost an hour or longer due to the untreated road conditions. While driving, I slid a few times. Each time, I was petrified that I’d crash into another car or worse that I’d hit someone. I always listen to uplifting, Christian / Gospel music while driving, yet each time I’d slide down the road, I’d turn the music down and say a prayer speaking life and safe travels over myself, my family and my car. I also said a prayer for the other drivers on the road as I was getting a few angry drivers speeding pass me driving at my slow speed of under 20 miles per hour.
Finally through the slushy road conditions, falling snow and my complaining godson who was also bummed out over how slow I was driving, we made it to the party safe and sound. I wished I was home but elated to be safe in one place. Seeing his joyful face running around the party dancing with his friends made it all worthwhile. I said a quick “Thank you God” as he looked over at me, smiling with a mouth full of pizza and cupcakes. It was a very happy moment for me and I was glad I got through the messy weather conditions to witness it.
After the party, we said our goodbyes and drove back home. I still paced the car at the same speed but this time around, my godson was worn out from all of the fun he had with his friends. Instead, my friend and I sung along to the songs and chatted amongst ourselves. We shared our thoughts and a quick prayer to God thanking Him for what he’s done for us and what He will do for us in the future. Before we knew it, we were saying our goodbyes and I was heading back home. I couldn’t wait to get out of that nasty weather.
Driving home was no piece of cake. I slid again almost hitting the back of another driver while coming to a red light. Thankfully, the car stopped just short of hitting the car in front of me. I cried a little as I thanked God for this blessing. As I continued down the road, I witnessed the end results of a horrendous accident. Boy, was I even more thankful to God for blocking my car crash. Both of the cars in that accident were completely torn apart. Although I could see their cars were destroyed, I said a quick prayer of healing for the drivers and deliverance of their lives. As I finally got close enough to the accident, I witnessed a miracle: the occupants of the vehicles were standing to the side of the road seemingly unharmed. Thank you God for answering my prayers!!!
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life…”
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,”
(John 10:10, 14 NLT)
After witnessing that miracle, as well as my own, the remainder of the ride home seemed pleasantly calm and joyful. I was so grateful to God for his protection and excited to be nearing my home. I parked the car, ran into the house to the happy, leaping yelps of my dog. He was happy I was home and so was I. Thank God for getting me home safely and in one piece. I replayed the day’s events to my grandmother and we both thanked God for covering me. I listened to more music praising God as I prepared dinner.
“Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right.” (Psalms 119:172 NLT)
I’ve said it three times already before in this “Speak The Word” series (to refresh your memory, click any of the links below):
- Speak The Word Into Your Life & Watch What Happens Next
- Speak The Word Pt II
- Speak The Word Pt III: Believe What You Speak & It’ll Come To Pass
Each time, I’ve shared with you my experiences of how God moves when you speak words of faith, encouragement and empowerment over your life. Today, I’m telling you that speaking scriptures and prayers are just the tip of the iceberg. You must also believe in your heart that what you speak will come to pass and proceed as if you’ve already received the glory. You cannot expect things or circumstances to change in your life if you are unwilling to open your mouth and seek God first. You cannot expect deliverance over dead situations if you are not willing to turn to the creator of life and death and trust that He can do it. Only God has all the power!
He’s always right there for us, patiently waiting to see if we will trust in Him, turn to Him and allow Him to solely work through our lives. Although God gave us authority over this life, we have no real power. The power lies solely in God. However, we do have the right to control our tongues for the power of life and death lies in what we say. If we speak the word of God over our lives, obey His commands, believe in our hearts that what we speak will come to pass, then we can experience God’s awesome power.
“The tongue can bring death or life…” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)
“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4 NLT)
I pray today that you receive encouragement from my words. May my experiences bless you and give you the strength and courage you need to turn solely to God for any and everything you desire and require. I pray you let go of your own understanding and allow God to teach you His ways. I pray you diminish your idea of control over your life, pick up your cross of imperfections and allow God to lead the way. The Bible says that, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NLT). Nothing gets done by our own might for everything comes from Christ our Lord and Savior. So I ask God to show you His power, teach you His ways and allow His authority to truly show you who you are and who you were always meant to be. May all these things be counted done in Jesus name Amen.
Sincerely with love,
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