Buffering Image

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak at church and wow was it an experience. I’m always amazed at how God can use all of my imperfections, shortcomings, mistakes and still get the glory. My message was simply, “Clear the Stage”, and what most didn’t understand was it came from a very vulnerable place, an area in my life that I’m still dealing with.

*Please excuse the time lag.*

I used my experience in theater and compared it to how God works in our lives. One of the things I stated in the sermon was how much like a set change, God takes us through dark places in our life so that he can show up on the stage, and ultimately rearrange things in our lives for the better. As I was up there encouraging those in the congregation, God was dealing with me as I spoke the words. It’s amazing how you can be encouraged by encouraging others.

I’m in a season where the promise seems to be buffering. It’s not that I don’t know what God said, it’s just that I don’t see it yet. Do you ever feel like you’re on this stop and go ride with God? Like one minute you’re up and then down the next? Happy today, sad by Thursday? It’s like you know God has something great in store for you, but it’s buffering.

I use the term buffering because it reminds me of YouTube videos and how they sometimes stop playing right at the good part due to connection issues. Now I’m not writing this to say once you are connected to God, everything will be smooth sailing because that’s not true. I believe that you can be in our word, and in prayer and constant worship and still experience buffering. The test is, will we click off?

I can’t tell you how many videos I didn’t finish because I didn’t have the patience to wait on the buffering process to end. Now that I think about it, I probably missed some great plot twists and content because I didn’t want to wait. As hard as this current season is for me, I have to commit to waiting on God.

I don’t want to click off on God. I can’t afford to exit out on Him. As I mentioned over the weekend, I have to be willing to still praise God in the dark, right while the promise seems to be buffering. No matter how tired we get of seemingly going in circles in our education, ministry, business, marriage, finance, etc., we can’t closeout. We will miss something if we decide that the buffering process is too long.

This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3

What should have killed him has become the very reason why he lives. Hospitalized off and on for the first two years of his life, coupled with bouts of depression and mountains of self- doubt, Andre Harrell, II not only chose to overcome life’s stumbling blocks—he used them as steppingstones to his great success. Affectionately known by many as L.A., his passion for arts and entertainment, communications, and writing landed him roles in various stage productions, as well as opportunities to minister through music at various houses of worship. As a recipient of the Louis Armstrong District Award for Okaloosa County, and founder of Kingdom Over Castles, he’s clear on his mission and purpose—to inspire and encourage others to live their best lives now and impact the world at large.


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    February 28, 2020

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      July 14, 2020

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