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WATCH ME! By Cleo Dailey, III

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)

Cleo Dailey, III (Modern-day Lazurus)

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” -2 Corinthians 4: 8-10

The most popular song of this summer was “Watch Me”, and interactive dance craze by rapper Silento. The infectious song instructs dancers to “watch” the jubilance of the songwriter as he triumphantly depicts his joys of making it in the industry. Once heard, however, listeners subliminally go through a series of dances by which they repeatedly do what they are told to watch. While the song in itself is quite infectious (and, sometimes annoyingly repetitive), the whole premise is to celebrate the rapper, not do the dance. We don’t follow instructions very well. So that made me think…

Life hits us sometimes so hard that we often find ourselves “whipping” and “Nae-nae”-ing to every blow. We find unexpected trials and tribulations, we see bills climb to unnatural levels and our children oftentimes make us wonder what planet they came from. Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to change their prospective. He knew that Christianity was being attacked continually, and that even their very lives were in danger. But he also knew that Who was on the inside of him was far greater than any oppression he could face. It is a myth to believe that we can go through life without opposition. In this life, we will have much trial and tribulation. But we are also told by Jesus Himself to “be of good cheer; for I have already overcome the world.” (John 16:33) We are sometimes like the listeners of this incessant song. In life, God is saying, “Watch ME do it; watch Me fight every battle, showing my all victorious stature,” and yet we become so entranced in the attack that we fail to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” (Exodus 14:13) How many times has life kicked you until you wanted to kick back? How many days have we lived beneath our privilege, making hard what God has decreed in our lives as “easy and light?” Don’t get me wrong; I, too, have found myself in a series of “whip” lashes. I learned that life just HURTS sometimes. But if that was all that there is, then we’d be most miserable. For every confrontational situation, Paul presents an exit. In this, we learn that now is not forever, and we should never make permanent solutions to temporary problems.

A loving God always has a plan. That plan is to never sit idly and watch His children “break their legs” time after time on hurdles they cannot surpass. That is not love, but abuse. Rather, God is always looking for “the greatest victory, effecting the most amount of people, for the longest time.” (Bishop Designate Harold B. Dawson) What does that mean? Simply that what you are going through is not only for you but to give God glory and serve as proof of His might. Stand still and know that He is God. A great potter knows how to keep his hand on the thermostat and his eye on the timer. Know that, and watch God work in His time and in your favor. Whip that!

-Modernday Lazurus

Cleo Dailey, III is a freelance writer and aspiring author who has written for several city and nation-wide publications. He is currently studying to obtain a degree in both English and Clinical Psychology, and the Minister of Music for New Life Christian Church in Peoria, IL.