Sometime ago I was surfing the net and I came across an organization, they didn’t have much online presence but I found a contact number and decided to put a call across to them. Not long after I got a call back and an appointment was fixed, when I got the address I discovered it wasn’t so far away. Before the scheduled appointment, I decided to drive past the building, when I got there, I saw a tall but old building, nothing fancy at all. I started to consider cancelling the appointment. The day before the appointment, the Holy Spirit ministered to me to keep the appointment, I came up with reasons why I shouldn’t but eventually I decided to honor God and go.
On the day of the appointment, I decided to dress down but again I felt led to look my best; I obeyed and got moving. I got to the venue early enough, went through the gate and told the security guard who I was there to see. She then led me outside the gate and asked me to look straight ahead and she pointed at a new and beautifully decorated building and said that was where I was to go and have the meeting. I thanked her and moved on. Apparently, the organization had expanded and had acquired another property. That meeting led to series of interviews and finally a beautiful work relationship.
The English idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover” is a metaphorical phrase that means one shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone. I would have missed out on that beautiful opportunity if the Holy Spirit didn’t intervene, I would have “judged a book by its cover” because it wasn’t what I expected, in fact I wonder how many times I’ve missed out on God’s best for me just because it didn’t come in the package that’s appealing to me; how many opportunities for my career development I have ignored and what great relationships I would have built with good people but I missed out on because they weren’t in the same social class/circle as me, because they didn’t speak good English or dress well enough.
I saw a quote online the other day: “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for”. How true!!!!! It’s safe to say every opportunity and everyone should be treated with equal enthusiasm and an open heart.
Let’s check out Isaiah 53:2-3 (MSG)
The servant grew up before God- a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One look at him and people turned away. We looked down on him, thought he was scum.
In the above scripture the prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus and the way He would be perceived and treated by the people He would come to save. They wouldn’t see His worth or value because they would be blinded by their prejudice (e.g some would say, is this how a messiah should look?).. Isaiah 53:4-5 goes on to explain that though Jesus wouldn’t look like what the world was expecting, He is what we’ve been waiting for and His sacrifice would forever be needed.
Imagine not receiving Jesus Christ because you believe He was supposed to look a certain way, be born into a royal family instead of being born to the family of a carpenter or refusing the gospel just because it doesn’t make sense to you; how can one man’s death and resurrection save humanity.
On our own even as believers, we can’t always discern God’s best for us, what’s right from wrong or what’s good for us from what’s not, so it’s important that we always seek God before making decisions and yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
You can use one of my go to scriptures for prayers for discernment/direction/guidance:
Psalm 25:4-5 (TPT)
Lord, direct me throughout my journey so I can experience your plans for my life. Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you. Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours!
I promised myself this write up won’t be long though I have a lot to say (I have so many personal experiences to share on the same subject matter), I’m praying this seed that’s been sown in your heart just because you read this write-up would germinate, grow and bring about a positive change and turn around in your life in Jesus name (amen).
Well, I have decided I’d do better going forward, you should too.