Words for 2018

September  2018

Somewhere- Where is that anyway?
Defined “Somewhere” means: some unspecified place
For Dorothy, it was “over the rainbow”. For Abraham, it was an unknown land which he never saw in his lifetime. For you or me, well, we may still be trying to figure that out. We have a place or destination in our hearts and minds, yet we feel further away than we were when we started. However, that is far from the truth. The reality of our situation is that we are closer now than we were when we started.
Nonetheless, the journey to “Somewhere” can truly encounter its ups and downs. And, through it all we are to consider it pure joy. James of the New Testament reminds us,
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
The challenges along our path are not meant to stop us. They in fact are to make us stronger and build our capacity. “Somewhere” for many of us is a pretty big endeavor. We must be ready and prepared to walk in the responsibility that comes with “getting there”. It will not be a time of rest and relaxation, but a time of taking on new challenges and engaging in new lessons of learning.
As we sojourn on our way to that place, like Paul we must find ourselves to be content with the truth that we are in God’s will. We may not always understand where we are now, for that “where” may not be the “somewhere”, but we know it is necessary for us to be there.
“11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13)
For those of us who understand “Somewhere” to be a place, I would like to present to you a new way of interpreting it. “Somewhere” is more “a state of being, a mindset, a position of the heart”. Yes, we will go places, see people, and do things. The way even now is being prepared. The locations are waiting for us to arrive. However, “Somewhere” is where we need to go first so that we “be” to “do”.
“Somewhere” is a place of peace, contentment, joy, assurance, and hope. It is the Mount Moriah of your dreams- a place where you go to worship and sacrifice. To lay down the burden of the promise and take up the joy of its purpose. Moriah means, “seen by Yahweh”. This is the place where God truly sees the intent of the heart and its motives. This is where He proves that He can trust us in partnership with Him “Somewhere”. It is when we have reached “Somewhere” we are able to go in and take what belongs to the Lord and leave what is idolized by man. We will accomplish what we have been sent to do.
Be encouraged and walk in peace while on your journey to “Somewhere”. There are many joys to be discovered along the way. Keep the faith as you continue the path set before you. And remember, it’s a good time to be you!

Angela Henderson

It’s a good time to be you!!

Angela Henderson, Founder - Uplift Ministries, Charleston, SC