First, let me tell you about Fay. She was my counselor & helped me thru the most difficult time of my life. Her counsel stopped me from ruining my life. I now consider her not only a dear friend, but a mentor.
It was a visit with Fay a while back that changed my view on the parable of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. We talked a lot about what the oil represents. How it represents the things we do in private; preparations for His calling.
I tend to live out loud. I don’t have a lot of secrets, but the Lord has been working with me on the things I do privately. He took me back months to that conversation with Fay. So, now I’m doing things in private that I cannot share with the masses just yet. Not that it’s because they’re anything exciting. It’s not even because I fear failure in these things. It’s because I’m working toward my dreams in quiet ways. I’m putting in the work. It’s hard. I want to be ready when the Lord calls upon me. I want to be prepared like those 5 Virgins in the parable who had EXTRA oil. I don’t want to miss out on any opportunity because I’m unprepared and unqualified.
“Don’t talk about it. BE about it.”
– Donnie Moore
Maybe when we hand Jesus our troubles and disappointments, He can turn those things into oil, too. I find that I can cope better with my struggles when I think of them as being put into an oil reserve, preparing me for my future.