“You only see the value of what you have got when it is gone.”

A very common yet underrated phrase. We miss the interactions, the hugs, the handshakes, the free travelling habits we had, the church gatherings before COVID-19, but we took all that for granted, it was so ‘normal’ and we got used to it to a point of spite for lack of a better word.

Bringing all this closer home, it was very interesting when our WIFI network indicated full bars but could not connect to my favourite apps like netflix or youtube.I tell you for three good days, we had to wait for technicians to sort out the problem and when it was back up, what a relief! I don’t think the phrase I quote above came alive like it did this week. Through all this, I realized my very patient self was not as patient. I was ready to change service providers and all that, but my husband kept me in check. I am actually not as patient as I thought! I was almost writing-off our service provider for no apparent reason!

Many times, we are quick to write-off without really getting to understand and know the root cause of an issue.We are quick to brush aside and move on, but is that what God requires of us? Back to the wifi issue, the root cause was not the service provider we are currently using but rather, another service provider decided to erect a booster that interfered with the transmission and so they had to get a gadget that would divert the effect and that is how it started working again.

David.Small, not as statured as his brothers and a shepherd to top it all up! God was looking for a King and His father kept showing Samuel his older sons and Samuel on seeing Eliab was like, “Surely, the Lords’ anointed stands here before the Lord.” (See 1 Samuel 16:6). He was impressed by what He saw, but God told Him, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected Him.The Lord does not look at the things people look at.People look at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”  At the end of the day, the one who Jesse described as the youngest and tending sheep was the one Samuel anointed to be King because God approved of Him. (Read 1 Samuel 6:1-13).

Especially during this uncertain season, depression and divorce cases have gone up, people are easily irritable and stigmatization is also on the rise.So much is going on around us that we forget that everything really boils down to the heart.It is all a ‘heart-issue.’ God has not vacated His throne simply because there is an outbreak of this very mysterious pandemic called Corona Virus.He is still on the throne and sees the big picture! We cannot see it because we are limited just like Samuel was while selecting a King.

Proverbs 5:21 says,  “For your ways are in full view of the Lord and He examines all your paths.”

Like the WIFI connection that had full bars but could not connect to internet, most of us especially now have drowned in self-pity and drowned to a point of becoming shallow Christians. We appear very okay on the outside but the inside just cannot connect to God because there is just too many destructions! Let us always remember that at the end of the day, the heart is what counts.He examines the heart in FULL VIEW.Is your heart in good condition? Are you taking for granted the relationship you have with God and others? Take time and sit down with yourself.Examine your heart and ask God to help you see what needs to be done away with.

Invite Him in your situation. Will you?

“…You see the big picture, You hold the frame
Past, present and future, You see the same
I know that it’s very human to want everything my way
But if I don’t get what I pray for, my hope is in Your name.”
Excerpt from the song Situation by Jonathan Mc Reynolds.
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