Waiting hours for a group of people to show up at a meeting can be very irritating and frustrating; especially when the meeting time was not your idea but well, I would not have this to share if they showed up anyway. As I sat looking at the wall clock helplessly, I had a notification which drew my attention to my phone. A usual discussion of someone’s picture on a group…I knew that was not what I needed at the moment but a few comments people had passed about a picture drew my attention to something.
If someone was bold enough to put a particular picture on his personal profile, then the person might have had a reason behind his action. Apart from the fact that the profile is his and therefore he can choose to show whatever he likes there, I believe he felt that picture was worth that spot at that moment.
Everyone cannot think your profile picture deserves to be there because they do not see the way you see. Most times they actually wished they had intriguing pictures like you have but since that is not the case, they settle for ‘picture critics’. ent.
It is common these days to be able to tell how people feel at just a glance at the pictures they share yet still others see nothing but how unpleasant the background is, or how excessive the make-up is, how the person’s laughter is out of place, or even why the person should change it with immediate effect. Is it possible that comments we pass about such pictures could discourage people? This was the question which/ that kept coming back till a friend walked in and brought up a discussion about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
In Nehemiah 2:12, we find out that God put something on Nehemiah’s heart which he told no one. In verse 19, after Nehemiah, together with some others we ready to build, Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem mocked and ridiculed them saying, “What is this you are doing?” Something struck me in Chapter 4:1…when the vision of rebuilding was in progress. The laughter had turned into anger and the question was not about what they were doing anymore.
They asked questions like; “what are these FEEBLE Jews doing?”, “Will they revive stones out of heaps of RUBBISH, and burned ones as such?” The comment that amazes me is that of Tobiah. He said if a fox went up on it, it will break down their STONE wall. Really? I cannot tell the weight of a fox but I doubt its impact on a stone wall will cause it to collapse. There are people out there who have things on their hearts they have the grace to do that you and I have no idea of because just like Nehemiah did, they will not tell us because of the Sanballat and Tobiah attitudes we show at times.
Everyone cannot think your profile picture deserves to be there because they do not see the way you see. Most times they actually wished they had intriguing pictures like you have but since that is not the case, they settle for ‘picture critics’. (There are people out there you know have genuine comments so let’s not rubbish them).
Just like the picture, God might have placed something on your heart that sounds insane to people now but you need to allow them to say all they want because they cannot and will not understand you until the dream starts becoming a reality. In Chapter 4:7-9 of the same book, Nehemiah’s opposition plotted together to fight Jerusalem and cause confusion in it when they realized the rebuilding was progressing…I thought it was just mockery and laughter at first?
Well then if you are giving up on who you are because people mock and laugh about everything you do or have I think it is about time you spoke like Nehemiah… that the God of Heaven will make you prosper, and He will indeed come through once you are doing exactly what He has placed on your heart because their laughter might actually be plots for your confusion in disguise.
Written by; Yaa Serwah Antwi