There is an innocuous phrase used often in the Bible: “It came to pass.” It has a subtle inference that can be extremely meaningful to you. The problem or financial reversal did not come into your life to stay; it came to pass. Whatever the challenge, refuse to be panic-stricken. Life hasn’t ended for you. It flows on in a healing and prospering stream. In the face of any challenge, affirm: “I accept the reality of this situation, but not it’s permanence. – Eric Butterworth Spiritual Economics
While I had heard the words, it came to pass many times in my life it wasn’t until I attended a church service in Bridgehampton, NY about twenty years ago that the depth of meaning of these words captured my attention.
I’d heard that The First Baptist Church of Bridgehampton had a great choir. So one summer Sunday morning, while my mom was visiting I went to a service with my family. I was eager to hear the music and the songs of the choir, but now twenty years later it is the sermon that continues to be a potent reminder that while challenges, glitches in the road, may stop me in my tracks, and often have me initially questioning my ability to move forward, as soon as I remember that, It came to stay, not to pass, I actually sigh into the arms of possibility and glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel!
Inspired Life Practice: It Came to Pass
- Use “It came to pass, not to stay,” as a mantra.
- Write it where you can see it: on a sticky-note placed on your fridge, bathroom mirror or screen saver.
- When are facing a challenge, before you tackle the problem, remind yourself, It came to pass, not to stay. Knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a resolution is possible will open your mind to creative solutions and opportunities.
- Post your comments about what you notice when you approach challenges from the, It came to pass, point of view.
Today’s Power Statement: I am empowered when I remember that, challenges have come to pass and not to stay.