I've gotten more patient as I've gotten older. I know that things take time and important things may take a lot of time. I am okay with these facts and the process of making things happen, but I think what I may be experiencing in my hometown is not just a slow process. It may be rejection. Let me explain.
When I returned to Detroit a little less than three years ago I wanted to make a change in Detroit using the skills and talents I've been blessed with. I wanted to be part of the changes that were already happening in Detroit.
I got involved and I created. I made plans and went to action. The outcome has been more failures than successes. I know that this is part of creating too. But I must ask is my incessant failure process or is it that I am trying to make something occur that is not suppose to. This theory sticks in my mind most clearly when I see others successfully creating and succeeding with less effort.
I went to the Bible for answers. I am a church girl and though I do not go to church on Sunday, it is with me always. I remembered a story about Jesus. This story was about his journey back to his homeland to preach the word. He had just began his first teachings and decided to teach at home in Nazareth. He was not well accepted. In fact he was rejected. The verses say (New Living Translation) Mark 6:1-6:
"Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. 2 The next Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. They asked, “Where did he get all this wisdom and the power to perform such miracles?” 3 Then they scoffed, “He’s just a carpenter, the son of Maryand the brother of James, Joseph,Judas, and Simon. And his sisters live right here among us.” They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.
4 Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. 6 And he was amazed at their unbelief."
I am not Jesus but maybe his story reigns true in my life a little. Maybe though I have a gift I want to share first with my family, friends and hometown; just maybe they cannot be able to see that gift or hear that story from me just yet. And because of that, maybe I cannot do as much as I want in Detroit yet. That does not mean stop my vision. I just think it means I have to take another road to my vision. It makes me a little sad, but I do trust the process and am open to the po
I have a vision that will always involve Detroit. But I think it needs to be beyond this city to really be what God intends, you know. Just think if Jesus or Buddha or Moses or Muhammad did not go beyond their borders? I may not find honor in my city right now, but I will find it, for sure.