Are Setbacks Blocking Your Destiny?

During a very disturbed night drifting in and out of sleep, I heard something inspiring that I feel an urge to share. I hope this will encourage someone today.

Don’t let your setbacks hold you back from your destiny!

Picture a catapult. The farther back it is pulled, the further and more powerful the impact. The same goes for setbacks. It’s in that dire situation when you are stretched beyond known limits and find yourself trying to hold on for dear life to a line fraught with tension, that you must NOT try to get comfortable and carve a niche for yourself. Instead of dwelling in the past, focus on the future. Take aim at where you want to be. And most importantly… LET GO!


The Journey Has Only Just Begun

This was a word the Lord gave us the morning before we led worship at a church. Unknown to us, the church was ordaining leaders that day, and the word was a great blessing and encouragement to them.

The journey has only just begun. Just as a journey of a hundred miles begins with one step. To complete your journey, you must take thousands of steps. But fear not, all you need to do is take one step at a time. I am with you. I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with my eye. When you turn to the left or the right, you will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it. I have given my angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. I Myself will strengthen and uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Do not despise small beginnings, and do not be quick to judge the end by the beginning. For I am Alpha and Omega, both beginning and end. I know the end from the beginning. I will complete the good work I began in you. Remember, I am the same God who chose Joseph, Gideon, David, and Mary… even My Son Jesus was born in a poor stable. In your weakness, My strength will prevail. So humble yourself before Me, and I will lift you up. For I am the glory and the lifter of your head.


The Whistler

We decided to take our first break from routine in a long time, celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. Our choice of destination: Munnar, “God’s Own Country”! 🙂

It was dusk, and the forest had erupted with the incessant chirp of crickets as we crossed Munnar town and drove on towards our lovely little homestay, when all of a sudden we heard a sweet yet distinct whistle above the din. Surprised, both of us looked at each other immediately and asked, “What’s that?” It seemed to follow us through the aromatic spice gardens and forest. First here, then there, now gentle, now shrill… so human, yet improbable!

Intrigued, I stuck my head out the window and began to whistle back, and much to my joy, heard the reply loud and clear! So we conversed, whistling back and forth, until the anonymous reply was an exact an imitation of mine. We could “speak” the same language!

We figured by then that it had to be a bird of some sort, like a parrot or a mocking jay. So we Googled it as quickly as we could, and found that it was the Malabar Whistling Thrush, aka “The Whistling Schoolboy”, so named for its human-like whistle.

The next couple of days this bird continued to entertain, waking us up at dawn, accompanying us on our drives, and closing our days with beautiful song. This creature, although so small, brought us tremendous joy.

The whistler brought to my mind my own relationship with God. I wondered if among all the clamour of this world, when I worship, He turns ear to listen, asking, “What’s that?” Is my worship a “sweet, sweet sound” in His ear? When He hears me worship, does it move Him to communicate with me more?

And do I follow Him passionately wherever He leads, listening attentively for His voice? Do I tune into the same frequency, echoing His voice? Does my song give Him immense joy and pleasure? Do I offer Him worship first thing in the morning, throughout the day, and last thing at night?

I don’t know about you, but I wanted with all my heart to be a whistler too!