I love to decorate. I’m pretty good at it. I’ve been a little frustrated that I haven’t been able to decorate my new apartment the way I like and this is mainly due to the fact that things are just way too expensive these days. Recently I got four new piece’, I should add that I got them pretty late (by late, I mean the whole living room was set before I made the purchase), so I struggled with deciding where to hang them.
I knew I wanted to hang them in the living room, but where? The walls in the living room were decorated with different piece’ and I hate an over-crowded living room, the only option was the corridor in the living room leading to the kitchen. After much deliberation, I got someone to hang them on the corridor walls and truth be told it is a beautiful sight to behold but I’m not content with the positioning. I feel their beauty wouldn’t be seen and appreciated enough in that corner, it would have been better off in the living room. Since I didn’t want to go through the trouble of re-arranging everything, drilling more holes all over the living room and exposing my mistakes I had to leave everything as it is.
That same day, I sat with my mum and we analyzed my decision, we both agreed the positioning was off. Right in that moment, my mind drifted to a particular scripture:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden, Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”- Matthew 5:14-15 (NKJV)
Ok, so this is what I figured out, one of the issues many Christians struggle with is the need to be seen and heard. We all believe we have something to offer to the world, that there is a gift/there are gifts in us, that we have what it takes to illuminate and beautify the world, that we can make a change with the deposits of God in us, so we strive to create opportunities and platforms for ourselves and by so doing, many have positioned themselves outside the will of God; we have a tendency of messing things up when we try to do God’s part.
If me as a human I’m worried about people seeing and appreciating the piece’ I bought for my wall, how much more God, who created each and everyone one of us, who deposited gifts in us, who empowered us to beautify the world with those gifts and make positive changes around us, don’t we think He would factor the best positioning for us into His plans? Do we think He would just sit back and watch us be banished to the “corridor wall leading to the kitchen” where we won’t be seen, heard or appreciated? Surely we don’t think He won’t protect His interest in our lives. He will definitely create opportunities for us, He will give us platforms, He will make our paths cross with the right people who will value our gifts. It’s just that if it hasn’t happened yet then it’s not time and even when it is time, it’s usually a gradual process; so we need to be patient.
If I could see the end from the beginning, I would have known which piece to buy first and which to buy last, I would have positioned everything perfectly and made no mistakes but my abilities are limited; just like your ability is limited when it comes to positioning yourself appropriately. It is only God that sees the end from the beginning and knows the right timing and positioning for everything; with His leading and our complete obedience we can be rest assured that our gifts and all that we need to maximize them will be provided to us, especially our positioning.