Over the weekend, I was reminded of something that happened one night with my granddaughter, Brailee, when she was much smaller. She was around five or six years old.

Both my grandkids were spending the night with me, we had a fun afternoon and then it was bedtime.  Brailee had this thing she did, probably because she didn’t want to go to bed.  She would come in my room at least three times and kiss me on both cheeks and the top of my head, then hug me and say, “I love you, Nana!  Goodnight.”

The night I am speaking of was to be much different.

I lay down fully prepared for Brailee to begin her trip to my room.  She did not disappoint.

Mere moments before she burst into my room, I was talking to God about some things that had been happening. Specifically, about one thing I had been praying about for many years.  Just as I finished my conversation with God, Brailee came bouncing into the room.

As always, she kissed me on each cheek, then on my forehead, then she hugged and said, “Good Night Nana! I love you!”  I smiled and replied, “I love you too baby.”  She started to run back out the door and into her room, suddenly she stopped and turned around.

She said, “Nana, do not give up on ANY thing, not one thing.”

I sat up in bed and said, “Brailee, why did you say that?”  She replied, “I don’t know.” 

She then jumped up on my bed.  She took her little hands and put them out in front of her as if she was pushing something.  She said, Nana, you may have to push really hard.”  Then she did her little hands like she was pulling on something and said, “or you may have to pull really hard.”  As she jumped down off my bed, she exclaimed, “no matter what you have to do Nana, push really hard or pull really hard, do not give up on ANY thing, okay?”

She did not come back into my room that night, but she left quite an impression.

I was reminded of the words spoken over Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:19. The word of God said not one of his words fell to the ground, all came to pass. Everything God had spoken to him manifested.

I was also reminded of Habakkuk 2 which says, Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Proverbs 29:18 says, where there is no vision the people perish.

One translation says where there is no vision the people let go. The very thing Brailee was telling me not to do.

We cannot let go.  We must stand firm in the faith and continue to stand against all odds.

Romans 4:16-19 says, Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”  And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

Abraham believed when there was no reason to believe.  He believed when natural circumstances shouted it was impossible for it to happen.  When there was no way in the natural, he continued to hope.  That is exactly what we must do as well.  Hope when there is nothing we can see that implies it will happen.  We must hope when it is against all odd and impossible.

It is then that we must remember the God who calls those things that be not as though they were. That God is OUR God and if He has said it, He will bring it to pass.  There is no other option if we do as Brailee said and refuse to let go of the promises of God.

It is at that time that we must keep our heart right, our words right and continue trusting God.  We serve a good and a faithful God, who will do exactly what He said He would do. You can count on it. He will not fail you.  Do not let go of anything the Lord has promised you – do not let go.  It doesn’t matter how hard you must push or pull, refuse to let go.  Instead stand and see the manifestation of the Lord.


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