IT didn't kill you.
It may have gut punched you BUT you're still breathing.
The Between is mean. It represents life's harshest blows to the head and heart. IT is supposed to smash you to pieces and bits, destroy you, and annihilate you. IT can only do these things if you let IT make you call it quits. Whenever you're faced with what gets in the way of love and gets in the way of your dreams, you have to process your emotions about your present while refusing to let your future go. Each time IT knocks you down, you are at a crossroads. You can stay there OR you can get up anyway and when you get up, you can use what knocked you down to propel you to your goal or you can use what knocked you down to be your excuse as to why you won't go further nor go harder. Don't think that IT is supposed to go away. IT does not. Instead, IT will transform, come again, go away, transform, come again, and go away until you get it in your head that IT does not determine who you are. Instead, you determine who you are and what you'll have in spite of IT.
Meditation is more than just a certain stance and a chant of language. Whatever position you find yourself in (standing, sitting, walking, running, etc) be sure to think or say what the word of God says while you reflect on it’s meaning. Most would suggest to wait until you find a quiet place but the same way we are totally removed from what’s going on around us when we daydream is the same way we should be able to reach in and grab God’s goodness at any time we need to. Our lives are so busy and sometimes, it’s just too long of a wait to get to a quiet place or it may be too hectic to create a quiet place. Certainly, God, his Word, and his Spirit are not limited to reaching you based on who or what is around you.
The practice of meditating on God’s word is found in the bible 14 times and it’s not necessarily defined like today’s society would instruct but it does revolve around what’s in your mind. Meditating is necessary so that when people and things would arise to tell you that you’re not who God says you are and cannot have what he has said is yours, you have enough strength in your spirit man to know, believe, and declare a lie as a lie. This is important so that you hold onto faith and refuse doubt. Holding onto faith is important so that you can see just what you believed. When you constantly focus on the “What If” or the negative aspect of something happening, then that negative thing finds a way to show up in your life. The mind is where everything begins and ends and the heart gives you the courage to hope and believe in good things or it will be broken from the negative things you’ve allowed your mind to believe.
Most times, we don’t remember to meditate on God’s word when things are bad. We get so wrapped up and caught up in what we feel that we are far removed from what we think but with practice, this habit will cease.
To get started in meditating on God’s word, try taking a quiet moment like when you awake in the morning and take a minute to think about what God has said in his word and how it applies specifically to you, who you are, and where you are right now in life. Take as many of these quiet moments as you can, especially the times you know for sure you’re definitively going to be by yourself! It could be over a cup of coffee or tea, on the way to work, while you’re in the shower, while you’re waiting for your next call, or even while you’re cooking dinner.
Then, take that same type of practice and start to purposely think on God’s word when you’re doing other things that require you be in the midst of noise and people. Be sure to practice when you are and aren’t alone so that you are well balanced in thinking on God’s word (which will be reflected in your life) no matter who, what, when, where, why, and how.
Sometimes you may very well need to repeat out loud what God has said so you can hear it as the biblical definition for the word meditate means, “to speak, to utter” or if you have people around you, “to imagine”.
I’ll start you off with Psalm 1:3, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper”.
This is one of my favorite scriptures because it tells me how big and sure God is and because of him, I cannot fail. A tree that’s planted by the riverbank is constantly nourished from the water. It’s never dry so it always produces something that is needed at the right time for the people. Even in all of it’s giving, the tree remains full of life personally even though it’s constantly giving and in turn, everything I do, whether it’s for me or someone else, is a success. Who wouldn’t want to be like this tree?
There’s a way to get what you need right away. Just pick a scripture that touches your heart and repeat it.
Grab your scripture.
Understand it’s meaning.
Think about it as often as you can no matter where you are.
Let the love you feel from what God has said in his word fill your entire heart, mind, and soul until you are changed for the better.