Embrace the Breaking

By Ileia Hook (Worship Leader, Bethel World Outreach Church)

By Ileia Hook (Worship Leader, Bethel World Outreach Church)

Could you imagine winning the lottery?

 

Not the scratch-and-win-enough-for-a-double-decker-burrito lottery, the multi-million-dollar-mega-power-ball-I-will-retire-at-thirty lottery. I know that as Christians we don't gamble (like the Roman soldiers vying for Jesus's clothing at His feet, am I right . . .) but stick with me for a second. Imagine being that unsuspecting millionaire. What does your life look like the day before you have everything? Or imagine, perhaps, being an unrelentingly hopeful recording artist awaiting your big break. Think about the days, months, or even years living on pennies and playing gigs at your local coffee shop. What does life feel like the day before Sony comes-a-knocking?

Everything appears the same the day before your entire world changes. Up until that point, things seem to be quite normal; business as usual. And while we may be caught off guard when the wave of immeasurable blessing comes crashing down, God sits back to enjoy the brilliance of what He has orchestrated.

 

Galatians 6:9 says this,

"Let us not grow weary in doing good,

for we will reap in due season if we do not give up."

 

Remember, friend, your labor, your prayers, your humble devotion to Christ—they are not in vain. They’re in preparation for the journey ahead. They’re in preparation for tomorrow—both here on earth and in the divine sense, the new day that will arise upon Christ's return.

So be encouraged and embrace the breaking. Enjoy the fight and be built in both character and stamina…because when "tomorrow" comes, everything changes. We have no idea what lies ahead, so let's commit to trust God with the beauty and thrill of what gifts tomorrow will bring, today.


About the Author:

Ileia Sharae (@IleiaSharae), ex-Chicago native, has found her home in Nashville, TN where she serves as a worship leader at Bethel World Outreach Church. Once spiritually orphaned, Ileia has found hope in the hands of her living Savior, Jesus Christ, and now, forever changed, lives to write and sing the story of His great love.