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May 13th 2019

“Behold I am the servant (or handmaid) of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her” - Luke 1:38

My attention was drawn this morning to a popular song by one Sir Paul McCartney titled, “Let it Be” The lyrics go thus:
“When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness
she is standing right in front of me
speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be.
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.”

Each time I listened to this song, I feel calmed by the words of wisdom. The words simply mean, ‘let God take control’; or ‘let peace and forgiveness reign in our world’. The words also mean, ‘yes, I am ready to serve your purpose or go on a mission for the Lord’. I have always wondered what happened to the successors to those singers of the sixties and seventies, such as “the Beatles”, who had visions of a peaceful world? Are we so hardened, so disillusioned these days that we cannot even hope or sing of a better world? There is no doubt that life, at some points, could be unfair to us; at some other times, it could just be that we deserved the punishment we were given. In both cases, we suffer pains, and it seems everything is over for us. We think of nothing else but to quit and say bye to the wicked world! But today, I have a different message for you. Just like the birth of Jesus Christ requires a “yes” response from Mary, so also a ‘yes’ response is required from us to enable us to move on in life. Thus, sometimes (perhaps usually, who knows?), God waits upon our response before He acts. Our word then counts just as much as His - at least to get us out of darkness into the realm of light, where only the sovereignty and supremacy of God abound. To say to God – “yes, let It Be”, is to agree to the will of God in every situation, while laying aside our own choices. Mary did not understand the troubling mystery presented to her by angel Gabriel but trusted God that it was good, and thereafter, she said, “Let it be according to your word, not according to my troubled thoughts.” Today’s word reminds us to have faith in God in every situation and to believe that all will be well. I do not know what challenges you are currently facing; no matter what it is, commit all into the hands of God, and ‘let it be’. The scripture says, with God, all things work together for good for those who believe (Romans 8:28). Are you ready to receive His touch by saying ‘yes’ to Him, not minding what you are going through? Remember, ‘yes’ in this instance does not mean, ‘yes’ to suffering; but ‘yes’ to a new chapter that God is ready to open in your life. By saying ‘yes’, you are also saying, ‘God I am ready, send me’! When you say ‘yes’ to God, He gives you the strength to fulfill His assignment. At other points, our ‘yes’ simply means, ‘God, take over this cup, however, not my will, but you will be done’. At that point, God takes over your special situation, and His Grace abounds!

Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I say yes to you this morning. Let your will be done in my life. AMEN.

FURTHER READING:Romans 8:28 – 29; Isaiah 6:8 - 9

Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi
Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi was born in Nigeria to Patrick Abuda Obeakemhe and Juliana Fatimatu Obeakemhe, both from Ogbona Town. With a master’s degree in law, she was called to the bar at the age of twenty-two, and she is currently the principle partner of the law firm Mary Lawrence-Dokpesi & Associates. She is also the founder of two philanthropic organizations: the Living Waters Mission and the Rose Croix Foundation. In addition to law, Lawrence-Dokpesi was drawn to spiritual pursuits at an early age, having begun studying philosophy, theology, chaplaincy, and spirit therapy by the age of eighteen. Inspired by her spiritual calling, she has produced ten intensively researched manuscripts on spiritual matters. Although Understanding the Spiritual was the last to be written, it is the first to be published. Lawrence-Dokpesi is a mother and a wife living in the city of Abuja, Nigeria.

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