by Calven Celliers
As I wondered around the garden earlier this week, I was drawn to one of the potato bushes (Lycianthes Rantonnetii) and its myriad of little white blooms. It really is looking so beautiful at this time of year. Whilst still a fair distance away, however, my eye was suddenly drawn to a distinct, but small, cluster of purple blooms in this sea of white. I strolled over for a closer inspection. How beautiful. Yet how bizarre. On this huge bush of white blooms was a small sprig of purple blooms, that really stood out.
As I stood there admiring this awesome sight, I found myself contemplating how all through the Bible people had to stand up against the norm because of their faith, and thereby stay true to their personal experience of God.
In his letter to the Church at Rome, the apostle Paul touches on this very theme when he wrote:
“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2NIV)
One of my favourite quotes that relates quite nicely to this verse says that, “Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them.” At a time in world history when it’s so easy to get bogged down by all the negativity being shoved down our throats, we need to remember that the key to escaping the world’s grip of conformity is the metamorphosis of the mind. This is accomplished through God’s gift of the Holy Spirit who is working to change believers’ hearts and minds from within. With the light of God’s abiding presence shining through your life, you can offer a glimpse of the life-changing hope, peace and joy that comes from knowing Christ. In a world full of darkness, the light which shines through you is often the spark used to ignite the reality of God’s love in another person’s heart. When the forces of evil try to use doubt, insecurity or condemnation to make you shrink back, remember this is not God’s will for your life! Your purpose in Christ is as distinctive as your fingerprint; and you do not have to settle for being mediocre or ordinary. Your uniqueness is part of what makes you extraordinary; so, do not let yourself or others cause you to live small. God knew what He was doing when He created you; remember you serve a big God who desires to do big things in and through you. God never intended for humans to be cookie cutter people who all think, feel and live exactly the same. You are uniquely made.
You were not called to just fit in or be invisible – you are not just another face in the crowd. Be a sprig of purple in a sea of white blooms. At a time when it’s so easy to get overwhelmed, make a conscious effort to not let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, and you and I are called to be the light of the world; so, it’s time to shine and bring honour to the calling to stand out!