As defined by the English dictionary, a manger is a trough for animals to eat from. Bible records that Christ the King was birthed in a manger. Manger of all places, well there was a reason. Contrary to the common moral lesson of this scripture. I want to shift our focus to “the manger”. Manger could mean different things to different people. To some it could come in form of over protective parents and to many others it comes in as an humble background. Whatever way it comes, it is often what we do not want.
Jesus had to be birthed in such a place which is strange to believe considering the revelation of His destiny. Nonetheless, Mary and Joseph endured the inconveniences, shutting their eyes to other comfortable places they would have preferred. As it is designed, there were men sent by God to visit and gift the new born king. They traced the star and thus was able to find him. Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Mary and Joseph had left the manger before the arrival of the “wise men”? Not only would they have been sad over an unsuccessful mission, but Jesus would have missed out on the intended gift.
“If you run away from your manger, you will lose your gift”.
This was a brother’s word to bro Mike Bamiloye in the movie “the train“. Amongst other things said in the movie, that struck me differently. Man is designed to prefer pleasure to pain. We’re patterned to have taste and preference. As fate will have it, the ones who would have choose often do not come our way. This ranges from our place of birth to our present predicament.
Whatever our “Manger” is, it is only profitable for us to remain there till we have gotten our gifts. It is sad to see people go through pains and discomfort yet come out of it before they get something from it.
We now have increasing divorced couples due to one of the spouse suffering one thing or the other. We have students drop out from school even when they are so close to graduating. These set of people experienced their manger but didn’t wait a little bit for the wise men. They often come out with the phrase “I can’t do this anymore”.
This is not to encourage you to endure pains that can cost you your life. But success often requires a little discomfort. Certain things just need timing to be balanced. Always observe, things that we do not wish for that happen to us do have a lesson for us. If we will be willing to wait a little longer, darkness will fade off to welcome light. Study your “manger” well and discover what gift hangs around to be taken.
Note that mangers more often than not come with discomfort. They are not our first or best choice but they can still serve purpose. Mangers aren’t forever, it is only for a period of time. If the manger itself doesn’t change, it will be a testimony that inspires others. Mangers can be peculiar to people. What’s gold for me can be clay to you depending on taste and choice. Endeavor to treasure your manger as it where your gift is.
Writer: Faith Kehinde