Every day there is a joy to be had, a hope to pass on, a song to sing, I am reminded that God does things sometimes in very strange ways, perhaps I can share a small joyous miracle with you in this blog. The bible tells me God knows our hearts, I had always wanted to be first at something, yet appear to spend my time being pipped to the post – late during last week leading up to first of June I received an amazing email from the National Diversity Awards, looking at the panel of judges these people are huge influencer’s in their own right. This nomination came from an unexpected source the Christian Police Association, I do not know of anyone with my background ever being nominated for such a thing. The Inspiring Role Model I believe is the category and vote do count apparently see https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/Endorse/31601?name=stephenie%20robinson. I prayerfully thought about this as there are three components
- Initial nomination
- People voting and endorsing you
- Having to fill out an extensive questionnaire supplying evidences
there are no guarantees and the Lord seems to have left it to me to decide what to do, I don’t need the glory, I do need the contacts and connections it could mean a real chance to influence at a very high level potentially impacting the world – sounds a bit too big really but we need to dream big to accomplish anything, so this weekend has been largely devoted to form filling and evidence gathering for this competition as this is all happening my son sends me a facebook message “are you ok?” it was an odd comment “of course” I responded in a confused manner.
My son told me what had happened, the public were attacked on London bridge last night Saturday 03/06/2017 you see I live close to London Bridge, switching on the news the full weight of what was happening hit me, suddenly the glory of an award faded I began to think about the madness and mayhem of those with hate in their hearts under the mistaken idea they are doing this for God.
My mind then thought about the diversity awards and a sense of keeness came about my being to do the best I could on this form, you see over many years I have lived with people hating me rejecting me despising me for no other reason than being different from them, and here such hate has turned to terrorism, then the thought a single thought settled, what if we could change the world? What if a persistent soft inoffensive, non-confrontational message backed by the Holy Spirit could break through the hate, break through the church, revitalising,renewing, rebuilding what if a connection through the diversity awards could reach millions how much more could the world change for the better?.
We are all so very gifted and yet never fully explore what gift God has given us, and maybe our lack of faith in those gifting’s is what holds us back in this age.
My heart and prayer go out to those hurt, maimed, injured or died in last nights atrocity at London Bridge, if faith comes by hearing let us all work to change that message to Gods message of peace and love and care for our fellow man and woman. If you have a gift of healing, let us mnot be afraid to use it, or prophecy or sharing a vision or encouraging others to succeed, so doing we will find ourselves and connect with God in a much deeper way.
Funny, as my line managers at work have changed now everything I write they want put through a media check, in light of recent events it felt right this should be written and if the blessing arrives regarding this diversity thing, I will seek to foster further understanding, be blessed and look up for as Paul and Silas has shown, in the worst of times, praising God can create miracles praise is an incredible weapon against the enemy who uses principalities and powers to bring about evil.
Praise is healing, and I praise God for the negative stuff because I know He has something better ahead – bless you for listening.