“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

The summer after my first year of Bible College I found myself on a plane to Spanish Town, Jamaica to minister with a group of friends. There was one problem, I felt worthless and broken. I felt lost and questioned my purpose.

I arrived at the Buffalo, New York airport at 4 am. I was excited, yet hesitant, because it was my first time traveling outside of Canada and the United States. However, my flight was delayed for over three hours due to stormy weather.

Delays and Darkness

As I was boarding my flight, I sat down at my requested window seat and looked at my reflection in the window. It was the reflection of a failure. I couldn’t hold in the feeling of disappointment any longer, despite all the people surrounding me, I lost all sense of pride and started to cry.

I expressed to God,
“This is how I feel right now.” “I feel like my ministry has been delayed.” “I feel like clouds and thick darkness are surrounding me and fear my tears are going to drown me in defeat.”

As my eyes gazed out of the window, I watched as the plane lifted off the ground. I can still sense the feeling of hopelessness of the moment. Then, something wonderful happened. As we were going thru the turbulence of the storm and rose above the clouds, I saw the most awe-inspiring horizon. There were beautiful colors cascading the sky, from the brightest orange to a vibrant pink. When I looked below the plane there were obscure, stormy clouds, but, as I looked ahead, there was a vivacious light illuminating the darkness.

Over The Horizon

God spoke to me at that moment and said,
“Just as the plane rose above the clouds, you will rise above your storm. There are new horizons for you to reach. Look over the horizon, for your eyes cannot see the end of the sky, nor is there an end to my mercy or a limit to my grace. My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

That moment with God changed the trajectory of my whole life and I was forever changed. When I arrived in Jamaica, I arrived as a completely different person and I have never looked back. That day, I accepted a call to go over the horizon.

His Grace Is Sufficient

Some of you ladies have been through storms in this life that you never thought you would survive, and yet you have. You are here today, a survivor. I know there are women reading this right now who can relate to my story. Perhaps you feel broken and hopeless. Maybe you have endured tremendous pain and heartache, but you somehow found enough strength to make it through another day. You have a desire for a greater horizon.

There are great things in store for you. God has called you to accomplish something unique for His glory and His grace is sufficient for you! Today, look over the horizon.

Prayer: Lord, all I can see right now is the storm clouds. I pray that you will help me see Your horizon that is full of purpose and hope. Propel me forward, I desire to reach to those things that are before and leave the past in the past. 

Angela Overton
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Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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