It’s Your Turn - Arise Daily - November 7

November 7, 2021

It’s Your Turn

by Christina Rose

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. Isaiah 61:7 ESV

Young Joseph was greatly favored by his father Jacob, who gave him a beautiful coat of many colors. His older brothers were extremely jealous of him, and when Joseph began sharing visions of someday becoming a powerful leader that would rule over all of them, the brothers were enraged. They sold Joseph into slavery, where he was severely tested for years. Ultimately, the visions God had shown him were realized. Joseph became a powerful leader that ruled over the land and his family, and he never went back to the pit again. The trials he had been through had led him to triumph. It was his turn.

My coat of many colors hung in the closet, waiting for me to head out into the world again. It was a beautiful, hand-stitched silk coat of lavender, blue, rose, gold, and green that I had chanced upon a few years prior when I was going through harsh trials. Like Joseph’s story, I liked to think finding this coat was a sign that I would also overcome the trials I was going through and that the visions I continually had of great success and joy would be realized.  

Now, as my 60th birthday approached, I was on disability while recovering from hip surgery and the realization of those visions seemed distant. On top of this, my home and marriage were gone. With my children away at college, I was alone and discouraged. I was living in a tiny expensive apartment, clinging to hope, working long hours until I fell ill and needed surgery.

My daughters came home for my birthday with take-out Chinese food. While I was grateful for their company, it was hard for me to hear that their dad had just thrown an extravagant birthday party for himself at the Yacht Club, while I was struggling on disability. The girls shared that many of the guests had attended our wedding had asked about me.  

“I hope you lied,” I said. “I hope you told them that I inherited a fortune and was happily traveling the world with my new husband.”  I then silently said a prayer to keep my mouth shut until I had a better attitude. “If you keep talking, it won’t be long before you’re saying something really wrong, prove you’re wise from the very start – just bite your tongue and be strong!” (Proverbs 10:19 TPT)

After dinner, we opened our fortune cookies. Mine read, “You have a charming way with words, and you should write a book.”  I stared at this fortune for hours, and later that night, I began writing. Within a few months I had written my first book.  It was the beginning of many articles, blogs, books, travels, adventures, and meeting new friends.  It was my turn.

Esther was a young orphan who went through great preparation to become queen. She then risked death by acting to save her people from destruction. She succeeded with glory. It was her turn.  Ruth stood by her mother-in-law’s side when they were both widowed.  She worked in the fields to provide for them. The owner was so impressed, he asked for her hand in marriage. Ruth went from working the fields to owning the fields. It was her turn. 

God’s ways are higher than ours, so at times we may not understand His plan and timing. When we draw on the wisdom of the Bible, we see many examples where what the enemy uses to harm, God uses for good. He can turn the most challenging situation around and give us a fresh start and hope. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV).

Every day is a new day to make new friends, write a book, learn new languages, travel around the world and to speak to someone or even a crowd to encourage them. Today it’s your turn to try something new to glorify God and to testify to His faithfulness. “ For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!” (2 Corinthians 1:20 TPT).

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer, and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership.  She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. She is a world traveler, surfer, foodie, cappuccino-loving chocoholic and a devoted mom to kids and dogs and auntie to many nieces and nephews who live around the world.

Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources christina rose my appeal to heaven book arise daily other than herself.  After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power is available to us all, especially those who need hope and freedom.

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