There is an upheaval in our world with the current eye-opening video of a man being murdered by a law enforcement officer and his fellow policemen just stood by without aid to save that man’s life.
The gasps of unbelief across this world that rampantly moved from one heart to another is the reason why there are currently constant vigils, protests, and movements demanding justice for this wrongly killed life. I am sure this man endured ups and downs in his life, regardless of decisions that may have been thoughtful or not; but he nor anyone else should never have a knee on their neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until there is no longer breath or life existing.
Below is the account mentioned above that lead to a worldwide outcry that enough is enough.
Wow, just take a moment to take this all in…
This is an awful abuse against humanity and perplexes our soul. No one should ever have to have their life taken away like this – inane, without mercy, and senseless.
Now, I am sure in our lives we have had moments of despair and times when at our wits end. I pray you or no loved one of yours will ever encounter such brutality as what was witnessed and forced upon George Floyd.
Today, I just wanted to share a message of hope. Yes, it is also a message of reality that in our personal life’s journey we will encounter roadblocks that seemingly want to prevent us from moving forward and easing the hardship. Just continue to press forward even in the midst of unending torment and struggle. Keep praying, keep believing, and keep moving forward with thanksgiving in your heart. I know this seems like a fantasy to say it will be okay and just keep focus on the positive especially when the hurt, pain, and mess is so real. But, all I can offer is my own life’s encounter of how it is to be knocked down and seemingly at the end of a rope. Yet, God! Yes, it is God who is my strength, protector, and encourager in the darkest hours of my life. I pray that in your heart you can accept the humble words from this author to keep your stance when all is chaos and believe in a moment relief does occur. I love you and want you to know even if life is BitterSweet, you will prevail.
This is the message called Bittersweet……
I often times find that our life’s destiny or journey is tied to our name. It is not by chance that my name Miriam means “Myrrh”. On this journey walking into my destined purpose I have had moments of bitter and sweet. Myrrh is a bittersweet substance of great value and extremely costly to come by. I have noticed that the wonders that God has shown me in my life and the greatest JOYS have been Bittersweet and extremely costly to come by but highly desirable to be immersed with…so I offer a piece of work from my heart that the Father gave me in my time of trials and testings which actually brought comfort in the midst of the “press” entitled of course 🙂 “BitterSweet”
….When I got the latest news, I just drifted off into my own thoughts and reflected “Here I am again”. Again, having to start all over again praying for the inner fortitude to pick myself up and walk through the midst of the fire; because I can’t remain in this present state to just become nothingness. As I kept dwelling on the current circumstance I realized that my situation wasn’t unique that others universally were experiencing “the press” and enduring hardships so what was I going to do to get through this time? I am not complaining because what good does it do…the children of Israel complained and look what that got them – death in their wilderness journey. Imagine if they had just trusted without murmur how much more productive they would have been. They would have seen that just beyond their horizon right in their grasp was their promised hope for….but they clouded their minds with gripes during the journey and never got “out of” their plight. So, I choose to focus my energies on the light at the end of the tunnel or in my case the hope that what God says is true in His word is true for me too; “All things work together for the Good of them who love the Lord, to them who are the called according to His purposes”. Also, I am persuaded that if I just stand still I will see the unveiling of God’s handiwork in the midst….whether it’s a storm or fire…in the midst God has provided an ark of safety to carry me through. My life isn’t over even though the pressures of challenges makes this leg of the journey not so “sweet” but very bitter. It’s not pleasant to taste setbacks and unknowns. It’s not great to have to eat of the “Trials of Life” cereal (serial). Yet, sometimes it’s necessary to create the right kind of nutritional diet which will produce a “better” healthier way of living. So, along with this realization does immediately come the comfort of “ease in the midst” and that ease which internally does brings the “sweet”. The sweet confidence that this too shall pass. It may be a moment before the “Passover” occurs but it does and when it comes even though weeping endures for the night; Joy does come in the morning.
It’s hard to explain to an outside observer (one who’s never tasted the BitterSweetness of life’s journey) how one can have a joy in the midst of mourning. Or a peace that surpasses even ones own understanding. It can’t be explained, but only experienced is the theme that constantly plays in the mind of that walker on this path. Yet, along the way there are glimmers of hope intertwined with the thorns of life. And, yes tactfully maneuvering through that roadblock does becomes a skill for the seasoned one. Manageability is the key. This particular person’s makeup is forged with a foundation of oil that smells of awesome desirable intoxicating scents that is stewed into a uniquely enriching fragrance. This fragrance of “BitterSweetness” brings an aroma who’s underlying substance when actually tasted is bitter to the tongue but inhaled sweet to the nostrils. Alas the quandary of the BitterSweet experience.
Life’s journey is like the resin Myrrh that is used as a most desirable gift for Kings. It’s even the balm for a burial. Yes, the death walk requires a balm-like substance such as Myrrh to prepare the body for the next level/state of existence. It’s amazing in my reflections that the Messiah had Myrrh presented to Him at inception and commencement ceremonies and during His Burial rites Myrrh was the resin covering Him and preparing Him for His next journey. Rising up from the depths of the grave He was received unto the Father exuding the fragrance of Myrrh. So, it’s not strange that those who are called by His name become baptized in this same experience. So to try and dilute the experience because it is costly wont profit anything because just like with Myrrh you can’t separate the mixture of the Bitter and the Sweet to seek it’s full value and enjoy it’s total pleasure no eradication of the core substance can be issued.
Only those who have the means to purchase this particular treasure can handle the costs. And yes this is pricey but it’s effective for its purpose. So, As I undergo the walk into the next level of divine intervention and anointed encounter; I must ingest the BitterSweet. I must saturate myself in the oil of Myrrh so that I can be presentable, desirable, valuable and palatable. I will keep my focus on the hymns of the past that others who sojourned this way …”soon I will be done with the troubles of this world, so I don’t feel no ways tired, because I am going up yonder to See my Lord.” And as I continue in this praise I get the energy to continue through the agony of hardship and eventually my soul cries out “If I hold my peace let the Lord fight my battles, victory VICTORY shall be mine.” Ah yes I will take the Bitter with the Sweet. Selah
Expressions from “Essence of Myrrh” Miriam S. Stevens
Shalom Proverbs 3:5-7
Autumn 2008 @Copyrighted
1 Peter 1:7 (NLT), “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
The Thankful Revolution rejoices with you and looks forward to continuing to encourage, edify, educate, and inspire as we traverse along our life’s pathway and choices. Enjoy the journey!
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P.S. Remember, to help us navigate through this life and enjoy a new life that one being eternal with God our Father; we have to make a decision N.O.W. = New Beginnings is our Witness. Below provides a prayer that you can ask the Lord to become your Redeemer, Healer, Savior, your everything to help you on your personal life’s journey – even though it may be bitter some times with God He always sweetens your steps. Love you always! Miriam aka Essence of Myrrh Proverbs 3:5-7.