It was the first class in the new session and the lecturer came in and after the usual greetings and welcome, he announced that the class will begin with a simple test. He had prepared a question paper for everyone and began to distribute it upside down. The students looked at one another and wondered what lecturer begins his class with a test!
“Start!” And everyone gradually turned over their question papers to reveal the question. Behold, the picture below was what was on the paper…
Then they wondered what they would do with it until the lecturer spoke out . . . “Describe what you can see”.
Is that all? Simple and several thoughts ran through their mind as they starred and studied the paper. I’m sure you’re also attempting a description of this question… What are you thinking? Most likely what those students thought and wrote down.
“A plain sheet with a black dot at the centre? What is it doing there?”
How nice would it have been it there was no dot at all. Some even saw and predicted the dimension of the dot. They looked intently and wondered what else they could say about the single black dot. Suddenly someone brought out a microscope and with that, he was able to describe in a little more detail what the dot looked like. I’m sure you’re wondering also what this dot is looking for on that sheet as well.
Life – A white sheet with a single black dot!
Then the lecturer spoke up… This is how life is! Regardless of how nice and white every area of your life is, we end up focusing on the dark spot. Something tells us the white paper should have been completely free of the black spot. We look at our lives and the devil or even people hand us a microscope to focus on the black spot and when we report, our reports centre on or at least begins from the black part.
We tend to remember more the areas that are yet to be white while forgetting the several spaces of white area!
Married without a child!
So you’re yet to give birth to a child after 5 years of marriage… Yes, I must admit it’s a black spot presently. In fact, several people have handed you a microscope and helped you see why this dot is so black and they’ve helped analyse the details of the single black dot! But one thing you didn’t do is remember the several other white spaces around . . . That you’re married, that you have a spouse who trusts you and still believes you will both have children, you have forgotten that you have never had a quarrel with your spouse that you had to drag one another to the pastor? Or did you forget that you have a job and your spouse also has one, a good one at that? Did you forget to thank God for safety, day in, day out? Safety on the road, in the kitchen, safety for siblings & parents, safety everywhere…? What about the many other families being helped by your life & home? Are all these not worth praising God for?
Graduate without a job!
Or you graduated and it’s been 2 years now and you don’t have a job and that black dot seems so big you forgot to look around at the wider space of white around? That you went to school and didn’t have an extra year? That you finished & graduated even if it’s a 3rd class? That you had enough resources to complete your education and to graduate well? You may have even forgotten that all your other colleagues are still in school due to strike actions or such things. What about sound health that you have enjoyed? What about your aged grandparents that are still strong and active? You forgot to thank God for your family who is very supportive… Or at least your best friend who believes you will still get a good job. What about your fiance that believes in you despite you don’t have a job yet???
What is your own present dark spot?
What more should I say about the sister who is 30 years already and not engaged yet? Or the brother who is waiting on God for a life partner and hasn’t heard anything? What about the young man who applied for postgraduate degrees and has been denied 3 times? Or you that applied for a business proposal and was rejected? Or your promotion delayed? Or one of your children failing at school? Or you’re struggling with your health . . . What category are you my brother? What is the dark spot presently in your own life my sister?
Surely . . . The issues that are not yet solved is small compared to the many great things happening around you. If only you think deep and reflect, you will find several reasons, several indeed to be thankful for.
And finally, as I sat in church a few weeks ago, the Bible commands us …
Psalms 150:6 (KJV) Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Psalms 150:6 (NLT) Let everything that lives sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Do you still have breath? Are you still alive? Give God praise. Look beyond the single dark spots and thank God for the several things that are working well. So whether there is a dark spot presently obvious now or everything looks fine at the moment, remember to ignore the things God is yet to do and praise Him for that which he has done. Be grateful for and concentrate on the wide white space and leave the single black dot!
🎶🎶 He has done great things
He has done great things,
He has done great things,
Bless his ho-ly name! 🎶🎶
Praise Ye The Lord!