Sunday 5th September 2021 Devotion
Scripture:- Genesis 40:1-23
Topic:- Don’t Drag The Tray
A man was sent to the annual National Convention of his professional body by his Company.
The Convention was a congregation of about 10,000 people.
During one of the days at the Convention, it was time for lunch and people were being served.
This man saw that they were serving people beside him left and right but they were not serving him and the people on his row.
He shouted at the ladies serving and they told him to keep calm that there was enough food for everyone and that it would soon get to his turn.
He watched angrily as they passed the tray containing plates of soup and amala before him again twice without serving him.
When he saw another lady carrying the tray, he stood up angrily and dragged the tray of ewedu soup to take his food by force.
Suddenly, the whole tray containing about 6 plates of soup landed on his head as he dragged the tray from the lady’s hands.
His white cloth was stained, soiled, and spoilt. Pepper got into his eyes and he was shouting, ‘my eyes oo, somebody helps me, my eyes oo, pepper in my eyes oo.’
Suddenly, he was called to the high table because his company had penciled him down as their resource person for the conversation, following the fact that their much-awaited person didn’t turn up.
People around him had to drag him out as he could not open his eyes because of the pepper that was still in his eyes. It was a complete show of shame and a reward of impatience.
Dear reader, many of us are like this man; we feel others are already ‘eating’ success, breakthroughs, fame, popularity, academic excellence, accomplishments and we are yet to be served our own ‘food’ and we are being tempted to ‘drag the tray’ and take our own food by force.
Friends, I know the waiting period is not an easy period. At times, we feel our friends have left us behind.
Many that we started as single ladies together are now married with children and here we are, still single.
Some of us, many of our friends that we got married the same year are through with childbearing and here we are, no miscarriage once, talk less of giving birth, and we feel like ‘dragging the tray.’
At times, many of us feel that many of our friends that we started work together have left us behind as we see their careers blossoming, we feel the only way we can also see our careers validated is to ‘drag the tray.’
Friends, be encouraged! The one serving this ‘food’ of marriage, success, promotion, career breakthrough is not a man. HE is GOD, your Maker!
HE has your own plate of ‘food’ in HIS tray. At the appointed time, HE will serve you, and when you will be eating your own food, those who have eaten before you will watch your mouth as you ‘eat’ with pleasure.
Don’t ‘drag the tray.’ Don’t take a shortcut. If you get the ‘miracle’ by ‘dragging the tray’, you will end up in ridicule as you will later be dragged out in shame as the ‘pepper’ in your eyes will make the end of your ‘miracle’ a show of shame.
If you are waiting on man, hmmm it’s well with you. But if you are waiting on GOD, your waiting period is not a wasted period!
As we continue this year, please wait on GOD. Your ‘food’ is closer to you than you think.
Oh Lord God, help me to wait for Your own divine time of appointment now by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Happy Lord’s Day!