Appreciating those Behind the Scenes
A while back, news of the Malaysian army setting up field hospitals in five particularly hard-hit states caught my attention. Deployed by the Health Ministry to assist with treating Covid patients, it occured to me just how many people are working behind the scenes to help in this health crisis.
The term “frontliner” has entered our daily lingo since Covid struck two years ago. And while we value the efforts and sacrifices they are making, there is a host of “invisible” armies working to complement national efforts.
These unseen heroes are everywhere – from NGOs like CREST who set up hospitals for Covid patients, to church ministries, grassroots organisations and ordinary citizens participating in #KitaJagaKita efforts.
In a church setting, those who appear on stage get the most attention because they are at the front and they are seen. But those who are not are equally important, supporting the church from the back end. Interestingly, they often sit at the back too… in the AV room making sure that microphones, lights and song projections work smoothly. Other roles often go unnoticed too, such as the ushers, prayer team, refreshments team, security and clean-up.
God is always working behind the scenes
Likewise, our God is one who works behind the scenes to accomplish His purpose. Even though we cannot see Him, He is always working in the background. In our visually-oriented world, we can sometimes assume something isn’t happening if we can’t see it. As they say in this Instagram era, “Pictures or it didn’t happen!”
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But that’s not the way God operates. In the drama of life, God is the director behind the scenes, working “for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).
Is there a behind-the-scenes person we can appreciate today? Let them know that they are seen and not taken for granted. Perhaps you are a behind-the-scenes person who likes working quietly in the background? Know that God sees you, even when no one seems to.
As we each play our part in the body of Christ, may we be strengthened in faith to do His work in all circumstances, whether seen or unseen, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). May we seek to become less as He becomes more (John 3:30), bringing all glory to Him.
About the Author
Wan Phing Lim is a contributor to Our Daily Bread Ministries Malaysia. Born and raised in Penang, she studied Politics before turning to a career in writing. She loves coffee, books and films.
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