“Well [chile]son, I tell ya’, life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me back it up and say it again for clarity…I said… “WELL [CHILE] SON, I TELL YA’, LIFE FOR ME AIN’T BEEN NO CRYSTAL STAIR!”
Those are the exact words I would say to you if asked to describe what my 2020 looked like, and I’m sure there are more people than just I who could relate.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this poem, I encourage you to look up the truth-be-told, matter-of-fact-yet-rest-assured/reassured, Mother to Son poem by the late great Langston Hughes. Its exposition is that of a mother explaining to her son that life has given her all types of heck to pay, ups and downs and roller coaster rides-yet, she never gave up and never gave in, just “kept climbin’ on”.
Sound familiar? Chances are, if you are reading this blog then you should definitely be able to relate because this mother probably prophesied our whole 2020, and yes, we too have made it!
It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor -- Bare.
I began my 2020 just like I do almost every new year- at my church’s or A church’s midnight watch service. For me, ain’t nothing like ringing in the New Year in worship with the Holy Spirit. 2020 was particularly special for me as I actually had a plan of what I wanted my year to look like.
Excited about what the year would bring, it was ever so fitting that my church’s midnight worship song was Pastor Mike’s chart-topping hit, “BIG”. Babee, You couldn’t have told me that song wasn’t written just for me; I was ready! But who knew that within a matter of 3 months, a different kind of ‘BIG’ would be taking over?
In a highly anticipated year, one of which so many people started out so excited about being the start of a new decade, who knew that year would come with an insurmountable number of uncontrollable circumstances? Death, dysfunction, chaos, division, disappointment, and discouragement. A global pandemic, an increase in unemployment, blatant racism-it was undoubtedly along the lines of what they call ‘tew much’.
BUT (and I might lose some of you here) all in all…God was/IS still God. In fact, I believe 2020 was His way of showing us Who’s in control because there was literally nothing man could do to control what happened last year-nothing! But because of His matchless grace, He saw fit for US (yes you and I) to enter into 2021, so let us rejoice and be glad!
Here we are just a few weeks into the start of a new year and I think the least we can do to repay Him is to make a point to not let this extended time be in vain.
But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light.
So, what WILL you do with your new time? I know just because it’s a new year does not mean that all of your troubles have gone away, but what that does mean is you now get 365 new days (or however many days are left after the publishing of this blog) to turn it all around, come up with some new ideas, or complete or revise some old ones. Take advantage!
Through much prayer, faith, and optimism regarding my own life, I can only be hopeful that you can find a way to pick up on some of that too. If you’ve made time to sit down and read a blog from someone you don’t even know, then that means 2020 couldn’t have been all bad.
Find the drive within you to keep on moving forward-you got this!…and even though this last year was far from perfect (no crystal stair) and we’re still not completely sure what to expect from the coming months of 2021, one thing’s for certain and two things for sure (I’ve always wanted to say that lol), God still wanted you here which means there is still something for you to do-so get to it! It’s not going to be easy, but he definitely didn’t bring you this far to leave you!
Cue Marvin Sapp-My Testimony (So Glad I’ve Made It!)
So [chile] boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now -- For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair!
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