Has any of you ever been blueticked? Lemme rephrase that, who has never been blueticked ,like for real. I know all of us at some point have, not once or twice, but many times been blueticked. The pain of it is relative to the urgency of the information you sent and your relationship with the person you sent it to. It doesn’t hurt as much when you’ve been ignored by a +254… contact, but when it’s from an endeared person, it gets you to the core. The pain of checking your phone to see if they replied every two seconds is so real.
The reaction to this situation depends with your personality and better still, it depends with how much you the person. You’ll either send that one text and wait for them to reply, whenever they will, or you will send twenty six texts in WhatsApp, two SMS and a call to back it up. I have times when God just answers my prayers ASAP, and then there are those times when I feel like He’s “blueticked”me or something.
God tells Rebecca that two nations are inside her womb and that the older will serve the younger,period,that’s it, he doesn’t say when or how, He sort of leaves it hanging like that. She keeps that in her heart until when time comes for Isaac to bless his firstborn son, Esau. Rebecca, seeing as if God had forgotten what He had promised her, takes that as the “opportune time” to play God and fulfill the prophecy God had told her so many years ago, she and her son decide to dupe Esau of his right (let’s not talk about the fact that Esau despised it and sold it for some soup first).
The case is different for Mary the mother of Jesus, after being told by Angel Gabriel of what will become of the son she was to conceive. She believed that He who promised was faithful and she actually did not have to manipulate her way to the top or go parading Christ to people. Had she been a parent in this generation, Jesus would have had a rough time of everyday getting lectures about how His peers are making it in life, or being introduced to people with connections to help Him reach where she had been told He would.
Rebecca had forgotten that the same God who had brought some stranger from a far away land with the news of her being betrothed to someone she had never even met was also able to orchestrate an event where-by Jacob (deceiver) would rule over the older, without her intervention. I sort of think that it was a family problem because even Sarah tried helping God after she felt like she had been blueticked.
The problem goes even further than it being a family problem, I would say it is a problem with the human nature in general. The greatest punishment you can give a human being is that of telling them to wait, telling them that they cannot have it now and the timing at which they are to have whatever it is they want or think they need so urgently is not even up to them. You would be still when you are sure that at the end of the month you will get a salary, or after four years you will graduate, or nine months after conception you will be with child, but when the time is not put, it can get frustrating,
Being still might be bearable if you had a place where you could go meet up with Him and ask Him if He got your message, or if there was some sort of a spiritual “typing” you could see after sending in that request,or better still, seeing His “last seen” or “online” but unfortunately, we do not get that. We are only with left hope, which we know does not disappoint.
Looking at these women of faith sometimes I judge them, but other times I identify with them. Many times I find myself going back to God with something I had totally left to Him just months or even weeks ago, trying to remind Him that time is not on our side or that we are behind schedule.It is funny because He is outside time and He can pause, fast-forward or reverse time. I go to Him other times with tears and unsure if it is really Him who said it or I was really imagining my own things, you know, like Eve at the Garden…”Did God really say.”
I am not guilty of sending someone more than five texts messages in a row if He doesn’t reply, for me one will do. The reason is not a spiritual one, it’s a blunt one; I do not want to get my ego hurt. However, when it comes to God, it is a different case altogether, I will send all the red alert messages my head can find, I will cry and scream and speak in tongues if need be, other times I get childish enough to try manipulate my way, but unlike our earthly parents, He cannot be manipulated, if it is not time to answer, He wont. He just says “Be still and know that I am God.”
The most weird thing about all this is that He tells us to be still exactly at the times when we feel that we ought to be doing something, He tells you to keep quiet when you feel like you should be screaming, or calm down when you think that you should be busy working something out . Your stillness in those difficult and testing times will not only be directly proportional to how much you know Him but also to what you know about Him.
If you know Him as some distant and passive person that only gives you left-overs, then you cannot be still, it is like getting to know that your driver does not know the road well in the middle of some journey in the dark. However, when you know Him as a Father, a Friend who willingly gives up His life for His friends, a lover who jealously loves us and will not allow anything unnecessary to happen to us; When we get to know Him as one who is actively involved in our lives, then we, like Jesus will be able to sleep,even slumber in the midst of a storm,in the middle of those “Grey ticks,or even more disturbing, in the “blueticks” . We will be able to fully and wholeheartedly give ourselves away, to Him who has written the number of our days in His hands.
Time will tell if it was God that told you whatever you heard or you just imagined it. Stillness will give you perspective to the things that really matter, it will build up muscles of faith that you never imagined you had. I assure you if it was the Lord that “texted”, He will foot the bill, He is a debtor to no man, He fulfills what He has promised. Habbakuk 2:2-3 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Even in this microwave generation, God’s standards of waiting have not been comprised. It is only in patience and pressure that a stone changes to diamond, a caterpillar becomes a butterfly and a construction site becomes an estate, give it time beloved, be still and get to know Him better,as God. In the appointed time, He will come through for you and you will have the answers to “why the blueticks” and you will conclude that it was worth it all the way. So even when it feels like God is blueticking you, be still and know that He is God.