|Posted on October 18, 2016 at 1:35 PM|
Do You Know the Answer to the What If's?
By Tracy L. Darity
On Sunday, while watching one of the services at Empowerment Temple, Pastor Jamal Bryant was preparing for the offering; when the Holy Spirit spoke to him concerning someone in the congregation who had been out of work for 18 months. He said he was specifically feeling 18 months, not 17, 16, etc. It took a little urging but finally a woman with an infant made her way to the altar. She told him she had been without a job for 18 months and had recently been doing temporary assignments to try and make ends meet. I think she indicated that the last assignment had ended. Bryant then asked how much she was making per week, and the woman replied $300. Next he asked for 3 people to bring him $100.00 each. Now keep in mind, prior to this he led his congregation to bless a woman with $1200. She was in a domestic violence situation and needed to move.
As the members of the church were bringing their love offerings he asked the woman with the baby what type of job she would like to have. Empowerment Temple is reported to have over 10,000 members and its services are broadcast over the internet. Bryant is recognized worldwide and I am sure has numerous connections. Making this the perfect opportunity for this woman to speak into the atmosphere what she desired. Honestly, the conversation could have gone in many different directions, from a job offer to an opportunity to return to school on a full scholarship.
Her response, “I’ll do anything.”
Surely, in her moment of desperation she really meant that. As Bryant tried to get a more concrete answer she continued to say, “It doesn’t matter, I don’t care, I’ll do anything I just need to be able to support my family.” He eventually told her to have a seat and think about what he was asking. “If you could do anything in the world, all you have to do is say it, and it’s yours…” Still she had no answer.
This moment was so sad to me because even at the age of 5 or 6, if asked that question I would have blurted out that I wanted to be a teacher. By 13 it was a model, and by 18 a fashion designer traveling the world. No matter what I was actually doing to pay the bills, I always had dreams of what I would love to be if I had the opportunity and determination.
One thing I constantly tell my kids—although I was pushing them towards what I wanted them to do—is you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind to it. They are adults now but that is an affirmation that will never change. It is the same thing I told myself when at the age of 30 I decided I wanted to be a writer. A best-selling author to be exact, because like it is written in Habakkuk 2:2 the Lord’s instruction is to “Write the vision and make it plain…for the vision is yet for an appointed time…”
I’m not sure if the woman ever answered the question, but it turned on a lightbulb for me. We should always have “what if” answers. What if I gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it? What if you could get on a plane and go anywhere in the world where would you go? What if you could have any career in the world what would it be?
What if you missed the answer to your prayers because you were praying for something you weren’t prepared to receive? It’s something to think about. We never know who, what, where, when or how God is going to bless us, so it’s important to be prepared at all times. Most of all, we need to learn how to dream again because sometimes they do come true.
So what say you? If you were in that moment could you have answered the question? Do you have your 30 second speech prepared just in case? Are you still believing in your dreams from your youth?
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Peace and Blessings,
Tracy L. Darity is the author of three novels, He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!, Love...Like Snow in Florida on a Hot Summer Day, and The Red Bear Society. Available in print and e-book. To learn more, visit www.TracyLDarity.com or Amazon.com
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