He loved her and her absence was killing him. He badly wanted to talk to her but daily he talked himself out of it. He woke up this one morning and thought to himself – what’s the worst that can happen? And so, he texted her. The precise one, the kind that goes straight to the point. The speak your truth and speak it out kind of text. “There’s no single day that has passed that I never wanted not to talk to you,” he said. “What stopped you?” she replied. This was her way of telling him that she missed him and she longed to hear from him. Deep down she knew he would understand because he always did. They knew each other in a way only them knew. Sue would look at them and say “you two..” then she would shake her head and walk away.
It’s not the first time we see in scripture that Jesus the son of the Most high, the all-knowing God asking what you would call a very obvious question to a very obvious answer. Remember the story of the invalid man at the pool of Bethesda? and how Jesus knowing that he had been there a long time comes to him and asks him another so obvious question. “Do you want to get well?” The question hanging on my lips right now is why? Why would the omniscient God, pull a ‘what can I do you for’ On Bartimaeus? In fact the Bible refers to him as Blind Bartimaeus as if to remind Jesus that just in case he forgot, the guy was unsighted. Wasn’t it obvious that the guy needed to see? He didn’t need a wife for heaven’s sake, to see her with what eyes? He didn’t need money; he didn’t need a car. He needed to see. Wasn’t it obvious?
Listen, nothing is so obvious in this life. Have you ever wondered why men regardless of how many times they have answered those nagging questions: You know! The “what are we?” and the “where is this relationship headed to?” “Do you have a plan for us?” still find time to ask. “Will you marry me?” I have said this before and I’m gonna say it again. We are haunted more by the words we didn’t say than those we said. If I died today as my friend Murriel wrote, will I have said what I needed to say in my lifetime? In this walk of life child of God, life will present you with opportunities. Some opportunities come in form of questions, questions that seem so obvious, don’t fall into the trap of taking it for granted. Don’t let familiarity cause you to miss out on what was meant to bless you. Make no excuses, make no explanations, don’t give narrations, don’t buy time. You know, the “let me pray about it” stuff? Yet you know you love the guy and you sure you want to marry him, just answer the damn question.
Adam got it wrong at the garden of Eden when God came looking for him. “Did you eat the forbidden fruit?” “The woman you gave me, she gave me the fruit”. Like seriously Adam? Our lives would have been so different had you just said “Yes Lord, I ate of the fruit and I’m sorry”. See, life is governed by the questions asked and destinies’ doors are unlocked by the answers you give. Blind Bartimaeus got that right.
The reason God spoke the earth and all that is in it into being was so that we can understand that we were created in his image and likeness and that we can tap into that revelation and realize that the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverb 18:21). We have the power to create and the power to destroy by the words that come out of our mouths.
Child of God, Speak it out