If I am speeding on the freeway, oblivious of a bump or a gap, it is highly likely that I will be involved in a grisly accident, which could have been avoided by simply being keener and minding those bumps and gaps. If I decide to enter a chess competition, my defeat or my victory will depend on how well I am able to identify gaps from my opponent. Check mate! If I do not accept who I am, at the expense of who I want to be, I will be nervous, anxious and eventually plunge into depression. For those of us who were and are still ‘Prison break’ funs, you know how they got out right? The Gap.
Most times, we turn a blind eye to ‘the gap’ we all have it in one area of our lives or another. If we choose to ignore it, there are consequences. This is guaranteed!
What led me to this? Mark 2:4
…Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Four men brought to Jesus a paralyzed man, but there was a barrier between these people and the mans’ healing; the crowd. Did they stop there? Absolutely not. They created a gap on the roof that they used to bring this man closer to his miracle. Not only was he healed, he was also forgiven. The Gap.
Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man. ”When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.
Delilah, quickly identified the gap which cost Samson His strength…
One more scripture that led me to todays’ write-up?
One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.
The Bible says, Joseph was a handsome young man and Potiphar’s’ wife had her eyes on him. When all the servants were away, she utilized that gap to trap Joseph, but Joseph fled. His integrity cost him his freedom for sometime.
Three scenarios have been highlighted from scripture that show the massive impact of ‘the Gap.’ Let us see what we learn from that.
- How well do you utilize an opportunity? The four men in the first scripture, encountered a barrier, but they had to spot an opportunity to help them get to where they need to be. It is funny because, that scripture clearly shows us that it is okay to create an opportunity, when you feel there is no room for it. When you feel there is no gap for you to fill, create one and fill it! Lets’ take an example. If I realize that a certain service in the online space is crowded, how can I make myself stand out from the crowd? because, seriously, I am not the only Christian blogger in these blogging streets. You are not the only accountant, lecturer, preacher, teacher, parent…but how do I stand out from the rest? The Gap. If you decide to ignore this, you will be a mediocre.
- Who are you talking to? Samson, blinded by ‘lust’ foolishly blurted out his very treasured secret to a malicious woman. This cost him his dignity, his strength and reputation. In this life, not everyone is for you and not everyone is fit to share in your secrets. There are those who appear to be ‘the ones’ but they are just but ‘sheep in wolves clothing’ I know, it can be hard to identify such a one, but it is possible to identify genuine friends. How about you ask God to show you and give you a sign? Queen Elizabeth I once quote something very interesting. She said, “Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.” Samson was carried away, don’t be carried away. Take your time and learn who your true friends really are.
- Where is your integrity? Abel Mutua, one of the best story tellers of our time normally says, “Timing ya Mungu ni the best, lakini ya shetani ni maridadi!” losely translated as ‘Gods’ timing is the best, but the devils’ is out of this world.’ I find it quite practical. How many of you think that stolen things taste sweeter? Raise your hand? I do think so myself. What you do behind closed doors is fun and enticing and all that, but the effect in the long run is not worth compromising your integrity for. Whether you are a corrupt fraudster, an adulterer, a fornicator, a liar…and in the public eye, you are the most holy of holies, trust you me, the truth always comes out. Joseph was vindicated in the end because, much as Potiphars’ wife wanted to tarnish his integrity, he smelt the coffee and fled. Please note, he did not run or walk away. He fled.
I can go on and on and on about this, but I have to stop right there. In this life we live today, there are gaps, which we need to mind. Some come bearing good tidings and some are nothing but traps. God help us ‘mind the gaps.’ Always remember, that you are never alone in The Gap. God has got you!
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