Dawn of the Valentine’s
There’s a particular grandeur about every one of us. We may know about it or someone tells us of sometimes. But for God the whole person is essentially and beautifully termed in the Bible as wonderfully and fearfully made.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalms 139:14)
However, typical human eye merely notices some parts of it, as the phrase goes, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Either way, fact is, we at times recognize some ideal qualities on or in people, and that’s excellent. As a matter of fact, it is always precious when we acknowledge those around us out of love. It never hurts to tell a friend, family, or random someone how stunning they look, or how kind they sound, or how gorgeous their eyes are.
But, turning to reality, sometimes the world is full of misdeeds. Yet, this is where we humans have been assigned to spend their mortal being. Occasionally, we just don’t get the point, and when we don’t, we miss out on the reason for living. Like in Adora’s case; the simplest word that could have described her was ‘beautiful’. But her little mishap was that she never knew it. And having lived around people who didn’t know how to appreciate each other made it worse.
Most do not know that our minds have a heart and our hearts minds. And because of we don’t know, it is not easy to discern one’s predicaments. Adora’s mom never perceived what her lack of appreciation did to her daughter. All she saw was a foolish and ugly girl, and when Adora looked at herself in the mirror, guess what she saw…the same girl her mother alleged she was.
Her heart and mind fed each other with these unbecoming thoughts that blurred her legitimate image. With that, she never dared to take care of herself; wasn’t keen on washing her hair, nor even applying Vaseline on her lips. And she justified her reasons for not pampering herself…, it was useless, she was ugly!
When Adora hit rock bottom, she ended her story, by committing suicide.
This is a reflection of how sometimes we get tired, exhausted, defeated by imageries about us which stop us from living our lives as designed by GOD.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
At this point, we could probably point fingers at Adora’s mother, for pushing her own daughter to the wall. But just Stop for a moment! What if she knew no beauty herself? What if this traces back to their familial lines? What if no one in this family ever knew love? If that’s the case, then how do you expect her to give what she doesn’t know?
But again, how is it possible that a whole family, a neighbourhood, or even a community, might not know of such important merits?
One would wonder, yet, this is partly our reality. Our society is heavily bullied by foul languages and nuisance. It is a society that does not give high regards to appreciating people. It is a community that knows no sister nor a brother. While some fail to appreciate each other for jealousy or envy, others simply have no idea, what lack of positive complement can do to a person’s life.
Apparently, the church is lugging behind in this area, not realizing that it is supposed to be the hub of benevolence.
One would find it hard to believe that with 70 percent Christians in Kenya, Adora did not have one, just one believer nearby to turn her life around. She most definitely had a good number. But just a number that watched the bad guy rob her off her dignity and worth, and stripped her of her right to live, be loved and love back.
While Adora is gone, her mother is still alive. However, she could be lost in a dark tunnel. And mind you, she could be seeking for a way out? Why don’t you shine your light at the end of that tunnel! Let her know that it is the dawn of the Valentine’s, and she happens to be one, and that you, are ready to rekindle a gleam of light within her.
“Finally, all of you have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” (Peter 3:8)