|Bishop Motley Davis |
Pastor of Higher Heights Cathedral of Deliverance
In 2003, I was laid off from work, for the third time. The same year, my legs decided they did not want to work anymore. The Doctors tried to discover what the problem was, but to no avail. They decided I should not try to work until they found what was going on with me. Me, on the other hand, decided I needed to be busy. Everyday, a friend of mine, who was laid off with me, went job hunting. While she was able to walk at a normal or quick pace, I was going at a very slow pace, shuffling in very slow motion, hardly bending my knees. At the end of each day, we would retire at her apartment to relax and work on a game plan for the next day. One day, her roommate, who happened to be home with some of her friends, decided to ask, "How are you going to get hired with your legs not working right?" My reply was, "I'm going to get a job." One of the roommate's friends said, "No one is going to hire you looking like that." We were all looking for jobs. My reply to this lady was, "I'm going to get a job. As a matter of fact, I will have one before you." By the end of the following week, I had a job working in a retail store in the mall which required me to use my legs a lot. Being of a competitive nature, I took the challenge on deciding I was going to be the best Sales Associate that store had seen in a while. As usual, we went back to my friend's apartment, same doubting females still there, haven't looked for a job that day while I came in exclaiming I had one. One said, "How are you going to do that job when it requires you to move around a lot with your legs like that?" I answered, "I asked God for a job that will assist me in strengthening my legs and He did. You'll see."
As time went on, I reported to work faithfully. Did what was asked of me faithfully. Never complained, never looking for an easy way out of doing my share of the work load. My legs became stronger. Before anyone knew it, I was pretty much running half the time - I was hired during the Christmas season. A lot of people were rushing in and I was responsible for refilling stock on the floor.
By the end of the season, my legs were back to functioning properly. The medicine the Physicians had given me, continued to sit at the bedside table without me taking any. I figured why take them for something if they could not tell me why my legs weren't functioning properly in the first place.
When life dealt me a bad hand, I played the best hand I had. I chose to believe God. I never knew God to lie so I depended on Him to get me through this and He did. I knew that sitting around at home on temporary disability and taking medicine was not going to work. I knew within myself, that more mobility on my part was the answer. My act of faith is what caused God to move on my behalf.
Months later, the same ladies that were doubting still did not have a job. I was enjoying my strength, my new job, and mobility. There were others, who knew my testimony and believed God according to what they saw Him do in my life and received great results.
Time has passed since this event. The last few years, I ran into some of these ladies again. Everyone is doing well now.
So what does all this have to do with the title? There is always someone needing to hear your testimony of how you overcame a bad hand dealt to you in life. It gives them a sense of hope and helps them to hold on a little longer because they have something to identify with. Had I not believed God, the people who received results because of the actions they took according to the testimony they witnessed in my life, they would most likely still be in the position of a defeated mind set. And God would not have gotten the glory out of my testimony.
When life dealt you a bad hand, what was your reaction?
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