If you have read my book, THE PLANTING SEASON, then you know that Praise Before the Harvest is one of the chapters.Others will call it praising in the hallway, before God opens the doors you’d want Him to.
A few weeks back, I found myself wallowing in self-pity and getting anxious about whether my dreams would come true. You know that fear of failure and dire desire to have something good come out of your life? Yeah, I was having one of those moments;thoughts racing in my mind about why things weren’t working the way I wanted them to.
The norm for me in one of these moments is to either stress eat or get into a ‘depression session ‘,whereby I choose to think about everything negative that could happen. Thankfully, in the last year or so, I have overcome stress eating and learnt to face my emotions.
However, there’s this new demon that has waged war on my mind, called negative thinking. Not that I haven’t experienced that before, but now that I have become more intentional about fighting for my peace of mind, it has become more chronic.
Isn’t it funny that,when you overcome one bad habit(e.g for me, stress eating) the enemy presents something else?It’s like you can never rest!
Anyway, back to my story. When the negative thoughts started spilling in my mind, I knew I had to do something different. I didn’t like my energy and mood at the moment and definitely didn’t want to feel that way for the rest of the evening.(I had a class afterwards)
So I plugged in my earphones and chose to listen to some uplifting music. The first song I listened to was ni wewe by Guardian Angel and Esther Wahome. I had downloaded it a few days back, after I heard once on TV. It is simply about praising God. No asking(not to say that asking from Him is bad) or complaining, just praising.
In that moment, I just closed my eyes and thought of how amazing God is. His love, His faithfulness, His blessings, care, miracles, patience, forgiveness and all the beautiful things about Him that you could think of. I kept selecting songs of praise and thanksgiving over and over and I sensed how my mood was changing.
I had managed to shift my mind’s focus from my problems and pity party to the awesomeness of God. It made me realize how we often wallow in our problems, complaining, continuous asking and asking, yet we forget to praise.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.Philippians 4:6-7(MSG)
Praise reminds us who our powerful, kind, generous, loving… God is.
Praise crashes the devil and all his evil tricks of trying to trap us in the dark cave of self pity and depression.
Friend, choose to praise God today. Instead of wallowing in your issues,praise Him. Shift your focus.
Of course, always tell God what you need but don’t just stay there worrying about when things will work out and get swallowed by negative thought. Choose praise and notice how much your heart will be welled up with joy.
We choose joy, not because everything is perfect in our lives or we have received our harvest, but because of who God is. Situations may change, but God doesn’t change. And so, we stay joyful.
Stay blessed friend, have a moment of praise today and if this post spoke to to you, kindly share it with somebody else.