There will come a time when we would feel like where we are is not where we’re supposed to be. It may be a relationship that looks and feels wrong in every way, a circumstance that we completely dislike (if not abhor), or a job that isn’t exactly what we’ve dreamed of.
I believe the servants in the Parable of the Talents can very much relate to this.
I found the definition of a servant to be this – one who is privately employed to perform “domestic” services. And when you say domestic that would most likely refer to routinary chores that one does within his/her employer’s household or property.
There is someone who comes to our house thrice a week to do the laundry and some random household duties. My Mom has eventually created a more or less fixed schedule of her daily assignments and in a matter of days, everything has become a routine for her.
I’d imagine the three servants in Matthew 25:14-30 had their own share of tasks in the household. They had become too familiar with what they had to do every single day up until their master decided to go on a journey and entrusted his property to them (v14).
We all know how the story goes but I’d quote the verses anyway. 🙂
“15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with two talents gained two mroe. 18 But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.”
There are two things I want to point out:
1. Every circumstance that God allows to happen in our lives is NEVER beyond our abilities.
I like how the The Message Bible translation says this: “…he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit (1 Corinthians 10:13)”. So whatever it is that you are going through right now, you are just in the right place at the right time – no matter how wrong everything may seem to you.
2. Testing comes before promotion.
The corporate ladder is labeled as such because there are steps that you would have to take in order for you to get to the top. I remember having to go through trainings, tests, and evaluations before I got promoted to Senior Copywriter, Head Writer, and then to Department Supervisor back when I was still employed.
Notice how the master, seeing that the two servants were able to make good use of the talents entrusted to them (despite the fact that they were not really trained to take care of and invest talents), said “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. (v21, 23). This is exactly what will happen when we become faithful with whatever is entrusted to us – even when we are not trained to do it, even when it is beyond our routine, and even when it is something we do not like to do.
Simply stated – we are to bloom where we are planted. We are to be a blessing even when circumstances are undesirable. We cannot just hide or run away from what God has entrusted for us to do because it’s not what we do best or because it’s not what we want to do. His grace is enough, remember? 🙂
Bloom where you are planted. God knows that the soil where you are now is the soil that’s best for you. Just bloom where you are planted.