Monday, March 19, 2018

Agitator

As I was plugging away editing a book while on deadline, a particular thought from the
book inspired me. Oftentimes, betrayal is part of the plan.
Why betrayal, of all things? Because sometimes, it takes chaos to produce greater results. I know, it still seems unfair. But if we could only see the end results, the end is glorious. Many times, pain is part of the plan to fulfill a purpose. Most of us are familiar with that passage of Scripture where Apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh. Some believe that it was literally a thorn; however, if you read further you'll be able to determine that it wasn't literally a thorn. I will not go into much detail, as that would become more of a theological study. My point is that Paul had an issue and he went to God about it not once, not twice but three times. God's response? "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." OUCH.
Pain is part of the PLAN! (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) Oftentimes, we will not get a chance to truly see the hand of God at work unless He allows us to endure something. That trial or tribulation gives God a chance to say, "Stand back, Baby! Watch Me work!"

Another famous example is Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' disciples. Although quite unfortunate and cruel, it was part of the greater plan. And guess what? Jesus KNEW that Judas was going to betray him. He betrayed Him with a physical expression of endearment: a KISS. How wicked is that? But hey; it happens. We learn, and we move forward. It's all a part of this thing called LIFE. When we approach life with an open perspective and a willingness to look at things from a positive standpoint, it will make life a little easier and tolerable. If we look at it negatively, embracing nothing but the negative aspect, then negative is all we'll get.
The word "agitator" dropped in my spirit as I reflected on the thought about betrayal being part of the plan. When I think of an agitator, I think of the part of the washing machine that rotates. I also think about a person who intentionally aggravates (annoys) and agitates someone. In Wikipedia, an agitator is defined as "a device or mechanism to put something into motion by shaking or stirring."  The agitator goes through several cycles of motion to get clothes clean.  It agitates the clothes by vigorous motion and circulation to loosen and remove dirt and stains. With each cycle, the intensity of the agitator gradually increases before the purpose has been fulfilled. The process is very tedious, and it takes time, but the end result is glorious in the fact that you now have fresh, clean clothes to wear. Now, look at it from the spiritual stand point.  From chaos to clean! 


                      Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
                                           
About four years ago, I did a blog post entitled A Great Shaking and Awakening.
It's amazing how God will drop a word or thought in your spirit to prepare you for what's to come.  The day I posted that blog was the very day my sister's health took a drastic turn for the worst.  I made the blog post that early afternoon.  That evening, she was almost unresponsive.  Yet, I held onto my faith.  
Each day between February 15, 2014 and February 28, 2014 (the day of her transition), I prayed and declared her healing.  I believed GOD!  She did not look like the typical "cancer" patient.  She maintained her full, curvy figure and weight. The only thing that made her look like a cancer patient was her short fuzzy hair that was growing back after chemo took it out. I would go up to Beaumont every other day or so, reading the Bible while she was attached to life support.  I read Psalm 121 to her, talked with her, held her hand as I anxiously looked for some small indication of life. 
As her condition continued to spiral downward, reality settled in our spirits.  She labored hard, and long enough. Me and my sister, Oona, looked at each other in that waiting room, and realized that God's will had to be done.  We had to release her to her eternal reward.    
That was February 27th at night.  At 12:32 p.m. the next day, my mother's first born and my big sister, Missionary Donna Washington, entered into her eternal rest, age 50.

What I realized some years later was that, through the SHAKING of her sickness and transition, it AWAKENED the desire within me to become a wellness advocate.  Her transition fueled me to teach people about the purpose of honoring God with our vessels by proper health, nutrition and natural solutions.  It is my mission to change lives, one DROP at a time through the power of doTERRA essential oils and other natural protocols.  It is my belief that if Donna had embraced natural solutions, it is quite possible that she would still be here.  Nevertheless, I am grateful that she is no longer suffering and hopefully, I can help other Donnas.  The agitation of that event resulted in who I am today.  Passion and purpose were redefined through pain and created a new platform.  
Fantasia sings a song entitled NECESSARY.  I would encourage you to look it up on YouTube and let it bless you.  Embrace the agitator of life to shift you into your divine purpose. Don't think that the trials of life are just set out to overtake and destroy you. They're only necessary to MAKE YOU into your BEST YOU.  And the best part is that you're not going through it alone.  God will never leave or forsake you.
I pray that you were inspired!

Shairon 
Scripture:  1 Peter 4:12-13