Uber Sessions: Stand, Surrender, Slay. ♕
As I dust off the cobwebs on this little blog of mine (it’s been a while guys!), I sit down with my salted-caramel-soy-latte ☕︎ (yum) @ the local cafe, ready to get back to sharing my heart & recent experiences with you all! I am so thankful to say that I have been working a lot lately (hence why I’ve been so M.I.A.) & although the work itself has not been the thing to sustain me, it has been the people & interactions along the way that have touched me in different ways- fueling ϟ me along my path of greater purpose; ways that were & continue to be, truly divine!
In this current season of my 25th year of life + living in the transient city of Chicago = public transportation & Uber have become my best of friends. More than often, Uber has been my safe haven when finishing up work in the wee hours of the night/morning. I know many people (possibly even you!), may enter into an Uber with the mindset of: “I don’t want to talk to you, driver/stranger. I just want you to do your job & bring me to my destination in the most convenient way possible.”
I have to admit, there are times when I have been here, but I have decided to take a different approach- a way that allows me to enter into my Uber experience with high expectations & intentionality- in hopes of coming out with new found wisdom, fun stories to tell, travel recommendations, or ways to better navigate my own city. Overall, I guess you could say that Uber has allowed me to become a better listener & therefore communicator, thank you Uber.
One particular early morning ☀︎ I was waiting for my Uber outside of Solider Field, exhausted after a long overnight work shift. As I entered the Uber, I was greeted with a big smile ☺︎, unaware to the encounter that was about to follow. My eyes were burning & yearning to be shut, but in my spirit I knew I needed to stay awake, stay present. After sharing a bit about my work & where I was in life, my driver spoke powerful words of truth & encouragement over me; I believe these words were in line with what God was trying to tell me. You see, God uses people & relationships to speak to us & guide us in life ↦ this was one of those moments that was too good to keep to myself! I pulled out my cell phone from the back seat (sneakily, of course) & began to record this beautiful encounter…
“God knows where He’s taking you- I’m telling you. He knows where he’s taking you. & where He’s taking you He’s trying to mold you…wants you to be people-oriented. because by the time you get there you’ll lift other people up. He knows you’ll pick people you’ll train, you’ll develop. So God is training you, just letting you see everything, look at everything around you because by the time you get there you have…because God will never come down to do things; he uses people like you & me, people around us-he uses them. That’s how God is…thank God you have a job!”
--> Your unique path; --> Influential people placed along your route; --> You yourself have been given the power to influence; --> All for a BIGger plan.
“When you are expectant, you're praying, & fasting- He will never appear. When all your power-when you have no more power to do things, when you want to give up, when you want to throw in the towel, that is when just God…everything just keep working for you, everything keep working for you, you’ll be surprised-that is God. So that your life will be a transformation; people will learn from your life. If this person can do this, I can do it!”
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”
“Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap & began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, & with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size-abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! & so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Let us all desire & learn to:
1. STAND confident in God being the orchestrator of your life. Stand. Be aware & ready to move through open doors. Although it may feel like you're being led with a blindfold hindering your sight, trust & stay focused on all the promises that lie ahead! ♥︎
2. SURRENDER it all; all that burdens you, all that you stand in the midst of, all of the unknown mysteries of your life’s plan. Surrender. When things are good & when they are not so good-let us work to trust our creator 100%. When we put God before all things, He always delivers! His perfect love never fails & He loves you right where you’re at! ♥︎
3. SLAY! Let your story be heard & used as a means to influence others; encouragement by example. Think about everything you’ve gone through in life & stand affirmed that nothing experienced was in vain. Those long hours at the office, the strenuous mornings taking care of your children (& finding time for yourself), making just enough $ to put food on the table…it's not as much about the destination as it the journey- which greatly includes the people that played a part along the way! As (the wise) Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” If we only took the time to be patient, turn our heads & look for the beauty in where our feet may bring us, I think we’d see the significance from a more eternal perspective. ➪ You are equipped to do anything & everything so get out there & slay! ♥︎
*I hope you feel impacted, empowered & wide-eyed to what greatness lies ahead for your life!