Smiles. I don’t even know where to start, but I guess I should start from what made me think about these words.
Some days ago, I was watching a movie. It’s a kids/teens movie but I had a handful of lessons from it. It was about a boy who was born with some deformation and had to undergo several facial surgeries. And despite this, he still looked unique from others. I prefer to use “unique” because we are all special and unique beings, regardless.
His mom homeschooled him for a couple of years. And in other to ensure he grows into living and interacting with other people asides his family, he was enrolled in a school.
It was quite emotional for me watching him being made fun of and bullied. Smiles, I know it’s a movie but truthfully, these are likely experiences in real life. 🙁
One of the lessons I learned from watching the movie. Which happens to be the part that led me to this topic is that, there were many incidences that happened in the movie. And while from a viewer’s standpoint, I would criticize the one that I feel didn’t act right in each of the scenarios. I found out that they all had their reasons for acting the way they did. And eventually, I couldn’t really fault any.
And it just made me realize that sometimes in our own hurts. We tend to be caught up in it, so much that we forget that others have their own fair share of struggles or hurts or tough decisions as well.
The second lesson is that the main character – the boy, eventually made some good and genuine friends in the process. Who loved him for who he is and not what he looked like.
Let’s bring this home. I know we can’t be close friends with everyone. And while we would meet some who choose to walk away or deny being associated with us as it was with this kid. The fact still remains, there will always be a few who are still willing to stay associated with us and love us for who we are and what we stand for.
It brings to mind Jesus’ life. Not everyone stood with him to the very end.
But then, in the midst of the denials He faced. For example, In Nazareth, His home town. From the people who were meant to be a family to him.
“And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”
Matthew 13:57-58 ESV
When He was tried and almost all the people he helped before then, voted against him and chose Barabbas.
“The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!””
Matthew 27:21-23 ESV
When he was beaten and made to carry his own cross when he was still sore and bleeding.
“And they took Jesus and led [Him] away; so He went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called The Place of the Skull–in Hebrew it is called Golgotha.”
John 19:17 AMPC
There was still at least one person who chose to stay with him.
“But by the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the [wife] of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. So Jesus, seeing His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, said to His mother, [Dear] woman, See, [here is] your son!”
John 19:25-26 AMPC
There were His disciples as well, who carried on with His legacy and the gospel we have today.
“Right after Jesus spoke those words, the disciples saw him being lifted into the sky, and disappearing into a cloud!”
Acts 1:9 TPT
So dear friend, when it seems the world is against you. There will always, remain a few whom God has strategically placed in your life to love you and stick with you through your journey in life.
These ones, Cherish them! ❤️
And be grateful to God for these few. Not everyone is made for your journey. 📍Mercy Oluokun
Have a blessed week. 🤗