When you were a young child, did you envision your life being a certain way?
Did you envision certain events happening at specific times or that you would have accomplished certain things by a certain age?
Have you ever had expectations of yourself that you didn’t meet or been in places/situations that you never thought that you would be in?
And finally, are you where you envisioned yourself being and are you the person that you wanted to be?
Take a moment to reflect on your life, your aspirations and where you are now. You might not be in a season of your life where these questions are applicable but have you ever been? If you have ever been in a season of your life that is unfamiliar and unplanned then you have been to Malta. From a biblical perspective, Malta is a place of refuge. It is the place where Paul washed ashore after a shipwreck in Acts: 28. It is a place that is familiar and a place no one ever plans to be. It is a place that is usually associated with negative emotions such as worry, shame or pain because of the simple fact that it is seen as the ruin of many plans and dreams. It is also a place of growth and encouragement. A place that is normally unplanned but is meant to happen. Everyone has their own version of Malta that they endure in life and the purpose of such a place is to encourage you instead of destroying you. The purpose of such a place is to elevate and evolve you instead of downgrade and destitute you.
When we are in Malta, we are given two choices. We can either choose to be miserable or we can choose to be introspective. When we choose to be miserable, we choose to remain in Malta and accept our fate. When we choose to remain in Malta and accept life as it is then we choose to give up on your dreams which will only lead to long-term misery. When we choose to be introspective, we choose to be reflective and take ownership of our future. When we choose to be introspective, we choose to grow from our experiences instead of letting ourselves drown in them. To be reflective is to be able to look at your life analytically and realistically to ascertain the reason as to why you are in Malta. By looking at your life from an analytic and realistic perspective, you are able to see the true reason as to why you are not where you want to be in your life at the moment and what you need to do in order to get there. Specifically, you will be able to know the routines that you have that led to an unwanted result and the patterns that led to an undesirable product. When you know the routines and patterns that led to your presence at Malta then you will be able to change them so that you can live the life to your desires. By aligning your routines and patterns with your goals and values, you will be able to make sure that you are always happy with where you are in life or the path that you are walking. One’s presence in Malta is not a punishment but more of a wakeup call that you need to get your life together in order to achieve your goals and ambitions.
As you seek to achieve your goals and ambitions, you will need the qualities of perseverance, courage, and determination which are all qualities that are developed in seasons of difficulty and great pressure. To remain steadfast in difficult times is not an easy task to do nor is it an easy task to keep one’s vision in mind during these times. Most times, you will face a lot of criticism from your peers and will feel alone even if you are in a room full of people. It is in the moments that you realize that people would rather gossip and be entertained instead of supporting and help you elevate. It is in these moments that you will realize that you have everything you need to succeed and that you have the power to withstand anything that you set your mind to. It is when you are in an unfamiliar place that you cannot depend on other humans for your own sustainability and that the only two people that are always in your corner no matter what is yourself and your God. By experiencing an unplanned or difficult season in your life, you are able to learn valuable life sessions that will increase not only your sense of self but also your character. By experiencing an unplanned season in your life, you will be able to develop the necessary qualities such as perseverance, courage, and determination that will be essential to your elevation in life. By experiencing difficult seasons in your life, you will be elevated to not only the state of life that you want but also the state of life that you need. You might not want to be where you are in your life right but you can choose what you want to do while you are there and that choice will affect the rest of your life that follows. You can either choose to be miserable during difficult times or you can choose to be driven. The choice is yours and the choice that you make will be impactful for not only you but generations to come.
As we pass through Malta, we should always keep in mind that we are destined to be here and that whatever happens is happening for a reason. I remember going to boarding school when I was in the 7th grade and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. I would never do it again but I am extremely grateful for the experience. I was able to learn valuable skills and develop essential qualities that have led me to where I am today. Boarding school was an unfamiliar place and I never envisioned myself experiencing such an environment but that environment made me more adaptable, more social, more relatable and it prepared me to migrate to the United States. I say all of this to say that even though we don’t want certain things to happen, we don’t plan for them to happen nor do we desire them to happen, they had to happen. If they didn’t happen then we probably won’t be who we are today and who we aspire to be in the future.
Until next time,