Preparation beyond closed doors
I have heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand for a long while now but never before had it occurred to me in the way it did when Pr. Zondo delivered his sermon at the Ideal Woman gathering on Women’s day in Delmas. Stay with me I am not going to preach to you, this is not another spiritual circle content so please stay on my lane. Has it ever occurred to you how a young boy may carry five loaves and two fish for lunch? A loaf maybe with two fish would make sense, but five! This was extraordinary, as I listened to the teaching I heard a different message, one that spoke to me and said, “prepare beyond closed doors for your moment of significance”. This is what I desire to share on today, closed door preparations.
Lesley Brown states that “it is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one that to have an opportunity and not be prepared”. How many times do we visualise and dream of the moments of opportunity yet in practice the moments only remain in our minds. We seldom take steps on the outside to prepare for the challenges that will redefine our lives. Recently on the news I was watching the British golden girl Dina Asher Smith who won three gold medals at the European Championships and set new world records. In her interview she dedicated her victory to her family but above all to her coach that she has been training with since the age of eight. Dina is twenty-two and this therefore means that for fourteen years she has been training for this moment that has set her on a global stage as one of the greats to watch following the retirement of Usain Bolt last year.
The point I am putting across is that “preparation time is never wasted time” what are you doing behind closed doors? What are you strengthening yourself on? Be reminded of the truth that we are what we focus on. We are the sum total of the investment we deposit in our consciousness. It might look like nothing will give now but put the hours in the trade when no one sees and be assured that there is a door waiting to open for you. I would like to leave you today with these words from Omar Khayyam in “door without a key”:
” Alike for those who for To-day prepare, And those that after some To-morrow stare, A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries “Fools! Your Reward is neither Here nor There!” Oh, come with old Khayyam, and leave the Wise To talk; one thing is certain, that Life flies; One thing is certain, and the Rest is Lies; The Flower that once has blown forever dies. Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument, about it and about; but evermore Came out by the same Door as in I went. With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow, and with my own hand laboured it to grow: And this was all the Harvest that I reaped “I came like Water and like Wind I go.” Into this Universe, and Why not knowing, Nor Whence, like Water willy-nilly flowing: And out of it, as Wind along the Waste, I know not Whither, willy-nilly blowing. There was the Door to which I found no Key: There was the Veil through which I could not see: Some little talk awhile of Me and Thee There was — and then no more of Thee and Me.”