Hidden in Plain Sight
Last night the 2017 Oscars aired and it was politically and emotionally charged. Minority actors were nominated in almost every category, a new feat for the academy. But filmmakers and artists from other countries were on edge due to the new political climate in America.
But at the end of the day, this was also about individuals. Like Viola Davis, who thanked her working-class parents for their sacrifices that allowed her to pursue her dream.
I was particularly moved by the honoring of Katherine Johnson, one of the real-life Hidden Figures. At almost 100 years old, she sat on a stage and got a standing ovation from Hollywood, many with tears in their eyes. The tears welled up in my eyes because here sat a woman who contributed to the history of America; the Space Race was one of the things that set America up as a superpower. Yet she never received any credit in the history books or anywhere else really for that matter. All because of her gender and race and someone else’s inability to see past both.
But Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson had their story told eventually. And Katherine Johnson was able to live to see the honor. That’s why we must never doubt that God knows all and sees all. And the Bible tells us we’ll all get the moment we need.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10).
These women continued to serve their country and contribute to science and math without any recognition for decades. I have learned in my walk with God that sometimes you have to be happy with only God knowing how hard you have really worked and how much you really have given up. The people around us may never fully understand and that is OK.
In due season, God will reward you according to how you have served. You just have to hold out and wait for Him. Like Katherine Johnson did.
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:3-5).
These beautiful hidden figures endure discrimination and played by the rules of the time even though the rules were set against them. But today they are no longer hidden figures. God sees you. He knows what’s going on and He has answer. Just wait on the Lord!
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