“What you’ve been hiding from can actually give you what you’ve been trying hard to achieve.” I read this quote today and it spoke to me. Hiding? I asked myself the question out loud, “have I been hiding from anything”? Immediately I received the answer, “yes indeed missy you have been hiding.” “From what”? I asked. Answer…”from what you’ve been given… opportunity.”
God has gifted each of us with talents and opportunities. The question is how are we utilizing these gifts? If you are like me, you might be hiding from some opportunity because you really don’t know if you can handle adding another thing to do to your life. I mean, it may take too much work and you just want an easy life (I can be lazy sometimes). You may feel that people really don’t appreciate what you have to offer or maybe you’re afraid, afraid to try something different because you have failed in the past.
As I pondered this quote I went a parable in the Bible that further enlightened me. Matthew 25:14-28. The parable of the talents tells the story of a man who gave three of his workers money (talents) while he went on a journey to handle other business. He entrusted his money to the workers. One he gave five talents, another he gave two talents, and to the last he gave one talent. While the man was away, the first two workers utilized the opportunity to make more money for their leader. However, the worker given the one talent did not seize the opportunity given him because of fear of failure. His fear actually prompted him to hide the money in the ground. He buried it in the ground. He buried it in the ground? Is that what I have been doing?
Because he acted irresponsibly the worker who buried his talent was stripped of it and it was given to another. Don’t allow fear to cause you to miss out on the blessing God has for you. The talents in this passage can represent any opportunity or resource given to you. God gives us gifts, talents, and opportunities with the expectation that we put them to use. Hiding or burying opportunities is not only disrespectful and dismissive, it is irresponsible. Now that we know, we must no longer hide, but we must use what God has given us… Opportunity!
“What you’ve been hiding from can actually give you what you’ve been trying to achieve.”