“All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning.” ~Oswald Chambers
Maya Angelou was raped when she was eight years old. The attacker was her mother’s boyfriend. Just days after she reported the man he was found dead, someone had beaten him to death. Maya was convinced she killed the man by her words. She would not speak again for another seven years.
Closing herself off from the world, she began to read poetry and memorize her favorite writers’ work. She learned how to fashion her own art with the written word. Today her poetry gives strength and courage to many people who have suffered in life. Her books have reached millions of people, with some of her work hanging in the White House. Incredibly she would be awarded fifty honorary degrees.
Her life is a stark symbol of the power of the human spirit to overcome even the greatest of odds. She took something dark and horrible and shined the light of hope on it and the darkness couldn’t overcome it.
"I am"... I said To no one there And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
Identifying with the song, he recognized that he had a choice. He could give up, or he could find the resources to overcome his own fears and obstacles. He chose to find a God given strength within to do what was necessary to turn his life around.
As Oral Roberts shared, this strength begins with an expectation that God is good, that God moves, and that, “he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I believe John Avanzini (seen on Cleveland's Daystar Network) shared one of the most important principles when he shared that God is not moved by need, he is moved by faith, he is moved by action that is taken in obedience to a promise he has made.
Yet many never claim their rightful inheritance because they fail to grasp the significance of what Christ purchased. As the writer of Hebrews proclaims, he is “bringing many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). Paul says Jesus is “the firstborn among many brothers and sisters” (Romans 8:29) and that we are destined to be like him.
When you face the darkness, when you stand against impossible odds, remember that scripture proclaims that Jesus is the “King of KINGS”, not the King of the downtrodden or the King of the poor or the King of the losers.
His job is done, he has crowned you as royalty, declared you a sibling and a son and daughter of glory. Your job is to believe it and to drive back the darkness with the light of your life.