Yes, I’m still alive & kicking for anyone wondering :) I got back from my visit to Zambia about a week ago, week ago! *does the shmoney* Sorry I couldn’t resist I needed some time to myself before getting back into the swing of things. I’ll be working on a new choreo today (though I’m yet to decide on a song) and my aim is to have it up by next week. For today I just wanna talk, so for anyone interested in a looong-ish read, go right ahead and read on. Otherwise hang tight and cross your fingers for a dance video next week ;)
Over the past few weeks I’ve been more spiritually challenged than I ever imagined or anticipated and lemme be frank, it’s no fun, AT ALL. In fact, it sucks! I was on such an awesome high for a long while and then just like that, I was yanked right down.
After trying to analyze everything, I decided to deal with it by blocking out all the noise. By noise I mean people, social media, music, series etc. Obviously these things mean no harm, especially people, they’re there to support, encourage and advise you. But it’s just way too easy to incorrectly apply wise advice to your situation. Just ’cause you hear really great advice that seems fitting for your situation, it doesn’t always mean it’s the right advice for you.
Everyone usually has their own idea of why they think you’ve ended up where you’re at, and listening to everyone’s ideas can confuse you and do more harm than good. As much as everyone’s suggestions may make sense, it doesn’t always make them right. Finding yourself in an unpleasant situation is not always because of some calculated actions and decisions you made, sometimes it might simply be because your faith is being tested or an even greater reason known only to God. I find these to be the most difficult times to face, and it doesn’t help that it happens when you’re at a peak in your life and everything is going great. When everything you’ve prayed for is finally manifesting and you’re doing everything you can to stay on the right track. That’s when disaster strikes.
If you’ve read or heard of the book of Job then you’ll know he went through a tremendous amount of suffering and pain, only to be so abundantly blessed in the end. From the very beginning of the book it states how Job was a blameless man and the richest person in the area where he lived:
“There once was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.” (Job 1: 1-3, NLT)
Just a few lines after that, we read that Satan had a conversation with God where he claimed that the only reason Job was such a faithful servant and God-fearing man was because he was so blessed with all that God had given him. Satan went on to say that if all those things were taken away then Job would surely curse God and turn against Him. God then granted permission to Satan to test Job in this.
In the suffering that Satan brought upon him, Job had three friends with him that all took turns in advising Job about his situation. These friends all had wise and true things to say but they applied it all wrongly to Job’s situation. For example, Job’s friends were right to mention that God is just and He punishes sin. That is absolutely right, except they were saying this with the intention of making it known to Job that the reason for his suffering was punishment for some sin that he committed. But that makes no sense because right in the beginning of the book it says that Job was a blameless man and God Himself said so too.
Job’s story reminded me that suffering and pain is not always a punishment for things you did wrong. Sometimes there are things behind the scenes that we know nothing about. Job and his friends had no idea about the conversation between Satan and God. Had they known, the test of Job’s faith would not be legit. Coming to realize that was clarification for me that blocking out the noise is a necessity at times because we never really know all the facts, we can’t fully rely on our own human perspectives.
Don’t get me wrong, the noise isn’t always a bad thing, but you have to be really careful with what you choose to believe from it and apply to your situations. In the end, only God truly knows why you’re going through what you’re going through, and only He can give you a clear perspective on it. If you let all the noise dictate how you should handle your situation, you could end up further away from the blessing that’s meant to come to you.