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Minister Christopher Coleman

The end of August is usually a happy time for me. It marks the beginning of the fall season (my favorite) and the month I was born, September. Things were a bit different last year, as I was met with one of the most difficult challenges I have ever faced in my life, the murder of my father.

This has been a challenging season for my family and me. We have a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the incident and we’re still coping with the void. Lately, I haven’t felt comfortable around my mom and siblings because they tell me that I look a lot like my dad. At one point I thought about distancing myself to keep from hurting them. (I don’t want my presence to remind them of my dad).

As you can imagine, I have had many racing thoughts about what happens next. I’ve tried to figure things out on my own and yet the path remains unclear. One day, as I was walking, I heard these words, “It’s not your job to figure it out; it’s your job to follow Me.” I instantly felt the pressure and anxiety leave my body. 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. -Proverbs 3:5-6 —–> WHEW!

God reminded me in that moment that nothing takes Him by surprise. He saw the event before I experienced it, and He has things already figured out for me and my family. All we must do is follow Him. So, I’m learning to acknowledge Him each day and walk in His direction.

If you are facing a difficult challenge, don’t try to go at it alone. Our loving Father is here, and He is concerned about every detail of your life. Take a moment and ask Him for direction. He’ll show you the next step to take. FYI–don’t expect Him to show you the entire path at once. This is a faith walk! 

I have great joy knowing that even though my earthly father is gone, Abba Father is very present with me. He is with you, too!

Be encouraged.

7 thoughts on “Just Follow

  1. Touching message! I tend to get discouraged during the month of June because I lost my Father, June 14, 2007; my Mother, June 23, 1991, and my Step-mother, June 9, 2002. Also, my spouse’s Birthday is June 14th, so I always try to Celebrate Life, because those were 3 GOD fearing individuals that would not come back to this place if given the opportunity. They lived their lives honoring GOD every day, and I keep the memories near and dear to my heart, and stand on my father’s favorite scripture Matthew 6:33! GOD Bless!

  2. Abba Father is there until the end. Soon your family will be so glad that you look like your dad. His memory.and his presence will always be there

  3. WOW
    Sure was short, but O so powerful,
    We hear scripture quotes all the time, but then
    the moment comes when we hear with revelation and we receive it, that’s deliverance right. Hallelujah, thank you Jesus.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Whew!!! Thanks for the reminder young man. During this time of the year I dread. My brother passed during the week of Father’s Day. I miss him dearly and I know his 4 children and wife do also. It’s been 11 years, but feels like yesterday. Praying for you and your family.

  5. This is a powerful and encouraging incident. God does not put anymore on us than we can bear. And yes, Abba Father wants nothing but the best for his children. This Christian life is truly Faith driven.

  6. Awesome. That was inspirational and encouraging. May God continue to favor your life with wisdom. Continue strength and love in this season of your life.

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