Monuments, milestones and memorials we all have had need for remembering a special event, a life-changing moment, or an extreme stepping out in faith.  I teach this in my workshops and it’s interesting how soon we can forget to apply principles like these in our own circumstances sometimes.  Thankfully, I was recently reminded by a dear couple I love and respect very much.  I guess we tend not to recognise sometimes that the things we do when we are obedient and step out with God is a big deal and needs to be remembered.

I recently had gone through a trying time and was prompted by the Lord to praise Him in the midst of the difficult circumstances.  In my quiet time, I asked the Lord what He needed of me.  And I felt He was saying, “Belief… I need you to simply believe and trust Me with everything, in the midst of everything.”

I was waiting for a breakthrough in a particular situation and was getting the run-around when I called inquiring of the status of this activity.  Frustrated and a bit discouraged, I felt the Lord really just wanted me to continue to press in toward my release.  Now keeping in mind that I had already formulated a back-up plan in my mind—I decided at that moment and purposed in my heart, that I was not going to invoke my ‘Plan B’.  In-fact, I was straight-up with the Lord and put the ball back in His court so to speak.  I reminded the Lord (as if He needed reminding) of the implications if this situation was left unaddressed and asked Him to provide.  I wanted to see Him do His thing in the middle of my negative moment.  I kid you not, after 4 hours on the phone with various departments and numerous individuals (not to mention sitting in “the queue” for a total of about 25 minutes) I was growing impatient and visibly annoyed.  Then God laid a song on my heart that I learned as a child.  “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart”, and I began to sing and wait with a genuine smile on my face.  I was able to be courteous and kind even when the individual on the phone was not.

At the end of it all, my situation was dealt with favourably and God came through for us yet again proving His faithfulness.  Based on the conversations and on the background on this situation, in my heart I know it could have gone either way.  The verdict was still out and the outcome was still hanging in the balance.  We prayed continuously for a breakthrough and received it with much perseverance.  Then it hit me.  I could have missed out on this great opportunity of seeing God come through for us had I taken things into my own hands and invoked my Plan B.  It would have shown God that I couldn’t trust Him and that I didn’t believe He would do it for me.  I’m sooo glad I passed that test.  And to think, I almost didn’t.  So in light of this monumental moment in time where I consciously chose to trust God with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding, I placed a rock on my desk with the date and a brief description of what that date means to me.  Keep it simple, but use physical place markers in your life to ensure you remember those wonderful things He has done in you and through you.  They’re important and worth highlighting.  Enjoy!