A few days ago, while enjoying a little down time, I came across a clip of a baby fawn trying to walk. You can tell it had recently come put of the womb and was attempting to find its footing. Now the fawn was young enough to still fumble, yet old enough to not fall. (It only take the fawn 7 hours to learn to walk) go figure right.
After viewing the clip, a revelation hit me. My spiritual journey, like many others, was very similar to the fawns repeated attempts to navigate new terrain. You see, I watched it learn to move it’s legs the right way, recognizing the foundation wouldn’t fail, even when it fell and then finally, moving about with confidence and was reminded of how I began to walk with God. I don’t find it a coincidence this concept applies to both the natural and spiritual walk of man-kind. Like the fawn, if we want to walk, we must have the will to do it. Additionally, my brothers and sisters, if we want to walk in wholeness, we must take time to put in the work.
Firm Foundation of our Future
Now, you may be wondering how I know this to be true and what exactly it means for us as believers? Well, here we go. Let’s start by taking a look at Psalm 40:2, which speaks to God bringing us up from the pit of our past and placing us on the firm foundation of our future. A future in him that is filled with promise, protection and peace. The only thing we have to do is get it and that’s done by walking with him. We see proof of this in 2 Corinthians 5:7, where we are encouraged to walk by faith and not by sight. If we want to experience all that God has for us, we must act it’s here, even when we can’t see it coming. Like the fawn, we must to keep trying to walk until we get it right, no matter how silly we look to others. And trust me, the journey to wholeness can feel mighty silly at times.
Consider this, you’re in a new space, trying to put things in their proper place and adapt to new found functions all while being on display. You either feel like people are laughing at you or judging your “feeble” attempts to heal. The fact is wholeness is not some fly by night quick fix. It is however, the process by which one comes into spiritual, physical and emotional alignment with God. This doesn’t happen without faith, so no matter how silly we feel, we must continue to strive while developing confidence along the way. Get it now? Good! Stick with me. We’re almost done.
If you’re like me, this all seemed a bit overwhelming in the beginning but truth be told it’s quite simple. The day we give God our yes, we slowly but surely (my testimony, maybe not yours) surrender ourselves and submit to his will. This means releasing dead weight, digging up buried baggage and bearing open wounds. God uses this process of purging and pruning to privately prepare us for public purpose and promise. Sounds great right? It is, but the cost is real and there are no discounts or coupons.
Walking in Wholeness
The cost to the promise is in the concept of learning how to walk. A process that involves blood, sweat and a lot of tears. My journey to walking in wholeness isn’t over, in fact I’m still in it as I write to you today. I, like the fawn have been expelled from my private place, the proverbial womb of safety and security into a world of chaos and confusion. But this time, I’m starting from experience not scratch. There’s a reason why the baby fawn comes out wobbling, because it’s legs are already strong enough to walk, they just haven’t realized it yet. That’s why the mother leaves them for a while to find the strength and confidence to walk and when they do, they’re able to walk amongst family and live a promising life. Today, I can confidently say, I am walking amongst my spiritual family and assure you that when God births you into a family, they’ll give you space to find your footing, grace when you stumble and encouragement when you need it. Remember, walking requires will but walking in wholeness requires the will to work. Take your first step and start working toward wholeness today.
Happy Healing and God Bless!
~ MMR ~
Malika Rahman is the Founder/CEO of Be A Great You, Inc., non-profit organization, focused on educating, empowering and enriching the lives of those in urban communities. She is a Licensed Minister and holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. Much of Malika’s personal and professional life has been dedicated to public service, having served as a law enforcement officer for 10 years. She takes prides in her commitment to the community and encourages others around her to do the same. By combining her personal experience, with her professional expertise and spiritual insight, she works diligently to restore the broken and encourages people to reach their full potential in their lives and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Malika has a passion for God and a heart for serving God’s people. One conversation with her and you’ll feel her love for both.
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