A Modern Tale of being Left Behind:


Unscrupulous happenings, sharp thunder bolts and lightning! These were not necessarily in the tale of a young woman named Laila. It was really very simple, if you understand what I mean. There were no dead people rising from the grave, or earthquakes killing the people of the land. There were no tales of war in a distant country, or stories of locusts eating the grains of the land. The people were not starving, neither were they desolate. If anything at all was amiss, it was only the crazy unpredictable rainy season of the year, where young children forgot their umbrellas at home and their mothers scolded them for it.

Young Laila, being 27, was being chased for marriage. She was as tall and slender as models in modern fashion spreads, possibly even fairer. She was unique. She called herself a "Christian," a distasteful tag very unlikely for ladies of her age. Everyone knew it, even the mad McFischer brothers down the road. But it was only a tag for Laila. She was not living up to her name anymore and she knew it. At first, she was passionate about God. But after a while she thought it was stupid to be like that every time. She needed a break from it all, at least once in a while. Come on, the body was not a log of wood! So every other Sunday she skipped the service at the Baptist church near the river, and she did some other happy thing, like reading a novel or going shopping ~ little things that made her all giddy with happiness. Once in a while people need to find their happy place, right? So she did...and no one accused her.

After a while, she moved on to higher places of happiness. One Saturday she followed Daniel McFischer to the end of the bend, and there they made love. It felt good, not bad. Almost a month later, she got really mad at Klara for not listening to her rantings, and she told all her secrets to the people at the Baptist church. They were not good stories to reveal. But she said it anyway. Once in a while she still attended church, but she was hardly in the presence of God. She was left behind in her mind, in a place where no one really searches...in her emotions.

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I called this a modern tale of being left behind, because that's exactly what it is. Many of us youngsters are already being left behind. It is not necessarily a one-day 'lightning-in-the-sky' experience. Many are still seeking for a sign to know when the apocalypse will happen. Yes, it could be an unconscious search for a sign...you may not even realize you're doing it.

But when you thought God's love was real before and now you're having second thoughts, then you're seeking for a soul-wrecking sign...something that will jolt you out of bed at night and bring you solemnly to your knees. Unfortunately, it does not look like we will be having any mind-boggling thunder bolts or lightning anytime soon. What it looks like is already happening is the war and troubles of our mind. Some are already being left behind because their minds are no longer present in anything concerning God.

From mere observation, many of us constantly battle with thoughts in our heads. Thoughts of how we want to be like every body else. Thoughts of how "if God existed, why do some things happen the way they do?" Thoughts of MURDER without the action. Thoughts of HATE hidden beneath a smile of pretentious love. Thoughts of SUICIDE hidden beneath a religious sense of joy. Thoughts of faithfulness when you know that deep inside you want to be unfaithful.

I remember now that Jesus said that "an adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of Jonah." That sign is that Jonah was buried in the belly of a fish for three days and then released, a prototype of how Jesus died for your sins and mine and got buried for three days, and on the third day He rose up again. That's the only sign which has already been given, nothing more and nothing less.

My crazy bold statement today is that the process of being left behind has already begun in our minds and emotions. If you're getting tired of the walk, buckle your shoes again and stand up tall...don't let anyone or anything change you...remember those words that God placed inside you a while back...

Let's remember the passion...let's remember our first love today. Don't be LEFT BEHIND...

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37 comments:

Danny BaGucci said...

Hah.. another hard hiting one... How easy it is for us to keep up appearances whilst deep down we know we have strayed... Until some day we realize that there has been a slow, ineluctable glide to becoming something sinister!

The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world - John Piper

Kémi Penélopê said...

Ok, I will settle for 2nd while I go back to read...

Afrobabe said...

Yes oh, this seems to be speaking to my heart...I am in that same place of being left behind right now...I go to church and just drift..........

Kémi Penélopê said...

Hmmmm! our elders say, true talk...and as small pickin, I take this line away from here,
"If you're getting tired of the walk, buckle your shoes again and stand up tall...don't let anyone or anything change you...remember those words that God placed inside you a while back..."

Shubby Doo said...

it's like you are talking to me personally *sighs*...

Kafo said...

i'm thinking of the song Slow Fade by Casting Crowns,

how easy it is for us to just embark on this slippery slope and one thing leads to another and then .....


have a blessed week

i guess this is why i have a hard time sitting at church and going thru the motions and being surrounded by those that do the same

NoLimit said...

your post is a blessing as always...sound like a call to wake up from my slumber...I pray for strength to carry on regardless... for all of us(Amen).

Adaeze said...

Wow, your words hit me hard! You are so right. Thank you, wise woman :-)

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Word... Hmmmm

2 Corinthians 13:5-8 comes to mind.. Iike The Message bible version....

"5-9Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won't show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we'd rather the test showed our failure than yours. We're rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn't possibly do otherwise".


God Bless you girl... x

chayoma said...

Wow,
i dunno abt y'all but this post felt like it was for me.It hit the mark yo!
Bless you.
to think a post shed light on mind boggling things....
Just made my day a lot brighter

Sincerely,
chayoma :)

wordmerchant said...

being left behind is all to easy..i will buckle my shoes and stand up straighter..no slouching allowed!

Homie GFunk said...

Wow u're sooo right! I remembr these wise words, "Take heed you who think you stand lest you fall."
In this day, we're faced with many situations that makes us want to compromise but as u said we have to buckled our shoes... And it also helps to have people around you who are also running the race, and laying every weight aside. True accountability goes a long way!

The poets voice ~~~ said...

Very true and wise!
Let us go back to our first love! Amen.

Sarah said...

Amen!

Just found your blog while moving wround on the internet, and i love it. Keep it up:)

God Bless!

Telekinesys said...

A dangerous place,
An easy place to slip into.
We need to access ourselves often,
We need to watchout for each other.

God bless.

Telekinesys said...

A dangerous place,
An easy place to slip into.
We need to access ourselves often,
We need to watchout for each other.

God bless.

Original Mgbeke said...

Thank you so much Jaycee, this post is for me and it has helped me reinforce my decision to draw closer to God. I may stumble occasionally but I will always get right back up, buckle my shoes and stand up tall!

PS:- You should totally do a Christian Q&A thread for people with some questions...

Ifeanyi said...

Wow Jaycee, you are indeed an inspiration. You are indeed a gift to world and your writing, may the Holy Spirit continue to show you countless way to educate us.

Have an awsome week.

Lady A said...

Full of wisdom! Amen!

tobenna said...

Left behind....
I'm married and now have a dual responsibility to ensure that neither my wife nor I are left behind.
It requires working at it sometimes and not straying...

StandTall-The Activist said...

True talk. Thanks for blessing us with this Jaycee

adebanji said...

And then comes this great encouragement! What a piece for me to get it all sorted in my mind that there is no other alternative, despite and inspite of circumstances! Jesus is Lord! I bow before Him!

Jaycee said...

Danny...over time, anyone keeping up appearances will get tired of doing that. It's too much work! ...endless nibbling at the table of the world... That's exactly what gets us into things that we know fully well we should not be involved in. But it's only by God's grace that we get shifted back into the center of His love again...

Afrobabe...I don't think I can even forget that post you wrote about being a part of a church again (remember?). Anyhow, don't let the imperfections of "church" annoy or bore you out...focus on truly coming to know and understand who God really is to you...then you can go from there. BTW, it's quite normal or "human" to drift out once in a while, but you have to keep reminding yourself about what the WORD says...(at least I know I have to keep reminding myself).

Kemi...I take away that line too o...for real! How r u na? *Hugs*

Shubby Doo...my very own pesin! I know the feeling of being personally spoken to...*sigh*

Kafo...Slow Fade by Casting Crowns? I'm off to check it out right now...woohoo! Deep words...

NoLimit...I say "Amen" for strength to keep striving for the crown...there are no limits to persistence! :) (your name is critical here...lol)

Adaeze...thank God for His word that jolts us out of our comfort zone sometimes...thanks!

Remi...I like The Message version of this verse. The key message is that its not every test we take that we pass, but what we do after failing is what matters. Remi, you're precious...thanks.

Jaycee said...

Chayoma...I know right? There are a lot of mind-boggling things going on around the world right now (one only needs to take a look at the revamping of the U.S constitution), and this is not the right time to be lackadaisical.

Wordmerchant...just as I learn daily to sit up right like a lady (lol), yes...no slouching is allowed!


HomieGFunk...guess what? There's another scripture that says something like, if we're not careful, on the very last days even the elect will fall. The elect are those who 'know better.' The elect are people who made up their mind to walk in the ways of God, but unfortunately at a certain point in their lives they fell and remained fallen.

The Poet's Voice...yep, we've gotta go back...

Sarah...yayyy! Welcome. Glad u found the Lamp. :)

Telekinesys..."watch out for each other..." That's the hard part...

Original Mgbeke...you know, that's not a bad idea at all! I'm glad your decision is being reinforced, because looking at the world today...I don't think there's a better time. I'm even excited for you right now...lol.

Ifeanyi...honestly, I was saying "hmmmm" while reading your comment. Then I realized that you were praying for me, and I said "Amen." May your light never be hidden and may the Holy Spirit never cease to teach you countless words and attributes of wisdom. May God enlarge your territory, change your name, and bless you indeed, in Jesus Name. Amen.

Tobenna...I think that's so romantic...*giggles* Only someone in love will say what u just said...he he.

Standtall...you're welcome ma'am!

Adebanji...I like this, "There is no other alternative."

Homie GFunk said...

JayCee, one thing that helps me to stay on course is to go back to basics. So instead of trying too hard to be spiritual I just try to go back to a place of simplicity. I ask myself who is God to me? It's funny where the answer to that question can take you.

Rita said...

This is truly inspiring Jaycee...I like the way you pointed out that "Unfortunately, it does not look like we will be having any mind-boggling thunder bolts or lightning anytime soon."

O'Dee said...

True; the only sigh we will get is that of Jesus' death and resurrection.

how are you doing?

babajidesalu said...

Well said.

You can deceive all, so it may appear. However, you can not deceive the creator who knew you in your mother's womb.

Wise words.

God bless you real good.

simeone said...

hhmmm.. jaycee...
thank you..

DiAmOnD hawk said...

i totally feel what you're saying... it's a lot of times easier said than done... i pray for the Grace of God and His Strength to continue walking... and not be left behind...
have a good weekend chica

Debbie said...

This is so touching and so true, left behind in the mind, never thought of it like this before. You opened a whole new meaning with this post.
I just pray for God's strength to keep the zeal for him, his work and our fellowship alive.
Not to be distracted and fall into family routine.

Thanks again for always blesing.

What Nigerian Women deal with. said...

very interesting. love it

Kafo said...

glad u liked the song

this was wierd
1. u posted on Saturday hmmmm

2. u didn't leave us room to comment

hmmmmmmmm

One Naija Dude said...

Captures exactly where I feel like I am at this moment! Serious food for thought

Omo Oba said...

Great insight to what Jesus meant when he said "...except the sign of Jonah."

Jaycee said...

Kafo...lol...I figured that I'd do that because the new post is an "emphasis" on this old one...lol.

brb to comment more...:)

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

so true...
I DONT WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND...