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Working out for us

At the beginning of this year, amidst the many things going on and alarm bells going off around me, I was at peace. A special peace that seemed abnormal. I thought to myself, “I should be very depressed”, because the situation was rather depressing. When I thought about the appropriate response to what I was experiencing, it was different from my reality. Let’s just say I chose to trust God.

Faced with the ordeal of traveling to a strange land, I was afraid of loneliness. “How would I manage? Who would I talk to? Would God be close?”
I wondered if I felt this way because I was accustomed to being surrounded by many people. “Was this feeling a result of the reality I was about to face?”

My husband was about to undergo major surgery and it would be just the two of us in hospital in a strange land! A comforting verse came to mind; “I will never leave you nor forsake you!” I thought to myself, was this going to work for me?

Every morning, as I dropped the children off to school, they always told me, “Mommy please pray.” An encouragement that later made me realise that the Lord was always by my side.The desperate cry of my heart was, “I need you God!” Thinking about the trip left me feeling all alone. “If it were a country close by, at least I might know someone there”, a thing I kept telling myself. This only made me feel more alone. I chose to surrender the turmoil in my mind and heart to one greater than myself. It was at that moment that I immediately felt overwhelmed by love! The moment I surrendered my feelings and thoughts, I experienced love. People I hardly knew showed me love; they were nice to me, prayed for me, and took care of my unspoken needs. “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, became a reality. As I still walk on this journey in this new land the Lord has been by my side every step of the way. He has manifested himself through the doctors, caring nurses who have become friends and the family I needed nearby.

I want to encourage you, that whatever you might be going through, whatever horror is glaring in your face, He will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter how insurmountable and isolating it feels, He will never leave you nor forsake you! I want to encourage you not to give up, because he promised never to leave you nor forsake you. That is a promise he has made to us his children and he keeps it day by day.

Being responsible, despite indifference

While i was growing up

When i was a little girl , we were taught  to do many things. From house chores to values that i hold dearly. Respecting elders was so much emphasised. It was unheard of to sit while an elder stood, to talk rudely to a stranger. One had to greet an elder,  whether you knew you them or not. No one ever asked why things were done that way. If any elder found you in wrong they rebuked you, whether you were related or not. You even got a spanking from them depending on what you were doing. And they would tell your parents and that put one in trouble.
I am thankful that i was raised in such environments where everyone genuinely watched and was responsible. Where has this gone? Why do we see wrong things and can barely do anything? Is it any of our business.

Today´s generation

Last month i went for a funeral in some place. The person whose funeral it was had lived such a legacy so this attracted all walks of life. The service was in some big church which happened to be full. I got a sit because i was on time but not everyone got a sit. In front of me sat two young girls they looked 12 and 14 years of age. So in came an elderly lady who was about her late or mid 60s, she was standing because she did not have where to sit. When i saw her i thought these young girls will definitely stand up for her to have a seat.
Oh i was so mistaken. They were not even bothered at all. She then got a space to sit but as soon as she sat, the owner of the sit asked her to stand up. She felt so humiliated. At this time am thinking the young girls should be out of their seats. They were not. I then stood tapped her and asked her to take my place. As i stood, i thought to myself what has became of us that we not only think about ourselves, but also don´t value certain things.
Well i did not have so much to do but in that moment, i determined to talk to young people about those things that were instilled in us while we grew up, whenever i get an opportunity. It is time to take corporate responsibility even when you think it does not concern you.
#beingchurchforcommunitytransformation.