Rev. Cassandra Scatliffe is the Founder of Glory of God International Ministries. She believes that as we continue to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, and lean not on our own understanding and acknowledge Him, not only will He direct our paths but we will walk in the divine victory that He promised to us.
Every project you undertake has high and low moments. During the high moments, you can conquer any giant or climb any mountain. What do you do when the wind of change blows and you find yourself in the pit of despair? Do you say enough is enough and walk away or do you find a way to stay the course? Well, you do not have to give up when you are in that pit of despair.
Everyone at one time or another has spent time in the dreaded pit. You have to decide if, like John Mark in Acts 13:13, you will abandon the mission or choose to remain. Leaving is easy, it takes backbone to stay and fight. You developed backbone in the secret place. So what is the secret place? David says in Psalm 91:1 NKJV, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” So the secret place is the place where you are covered by God. You can be confident on your mission because He goes with you. Psalm 121:8 NLT says, “The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
Well the secret place is a place of fellowship and communion with God. As you spend time in His presence, you begin to see things differently because change begins to happen in you. First, your love for God will grow and that growth will bring change in your life. The things that distracted you will not have the same power over you; your focus will change. The emphasis will be the mission and what is necessary to make the mission a success. As you work, you will find that you are so focused on your efforts that you don’t have time to think about yourself.
You can hide in the secret place. At times the mission gets difficult and like John Mark you abandon the mission because the road is hard and the way is unclear. You cannot tell the difference between friend and foe and all you want to do is run away. Don’t do it. Psalm 27:5 NKJV says, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me.” In the difficult moments, hide in the secret place.
When you live in the secret place, you see the mission with new eyes. It’s no longer a burden. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 NLT, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Yes, in the secret place there is rest. That rest is necessary to keep going. Soldiers are eligible for two weeks of rest after six months of service. Long distance drivers have strict rest time that they must adhere to. Bus drivers have limits of consecutive hours they can work. The secret place is a place of rest. In the same way your body benefits from rest, your inner being also benefits from rest in the secret place.
The mission requires determination. There are so many obstacles that come in your way to derail your mission. You have to choose. Choose to meet God in the secret place. In the secret place, your mission is possible.