“But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, "friend, go up higher." Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The morning of the try outs for the Christmas play this year God arranged for a spontaneous special conversation! I happened to be dressed slightly dramatic. Which precipitated this statement from my child. She said to me that it seemed like she always wants to stand on the rock and I want to sit under the rock. It was such sweet timing to talk about desires and natural mans tendencies to need to be noticed, sometimes taking credit for receiving a blessing, ability, or gift. Instead of doing the activity only to bring glory to our Savior.
Hence the symbolism of being on the rock they thought I shared with her was that we both need to be digging a hole under the rock. Under the rock I have no assumptions it is God's will that I will gain what I desire today. I will only give my best and no matter the outcome give my best each day after accepting, praying, and praising God, whether things are my way or not. As the passage says at the top of the page, sit at the back till God asks me to move up or in my analogy sit under the rock learning humility as long as God asks me to. And until He asks me to come out and gives me my tasks that now can be done in humility and grace and love in Jesus name!
That day I saw my child able to think of others during auditions. Able to acknowledge others’ desires for the same parts and a heart to want them to have the joy of receiving the parts. That goodwill towards others wavered as reality set in that God did not have a bigger role in the play for her. As the days went on I saw her struggling with it. We started praying at night about it and she saw the power of prayer! As she prayed she could again be joyful for others and not self focused!
I’m not always willing to sit in the back or be under the rock and wait to be asked to move up; I do pick the best place, the best piece of cake, the best job at school sometimes! I am thankful for Gods grace and patience with me as I try to on purpose to make the choice to be in the back or under the rock til God moves me up and confess when I have not chosen this—which is plenty! This parable is my rule of thumb for pursuing humility!