Akinwale messaged me and was like I have found someone on twitter that you would love. So he gave me the person’s twitter handle and I decided to send the person a message. That person turned out to be the awesome Mobolaji. It has been a blessing knowing her and reading encouraging articles from her blog. Yesterday, she had an event called Feed the Homeless in Ghana which I am sure blessed many people. She is here to bless us with encouraging words today as we come close to the end of #Ourstories
I’m going to be as plain as possible with this post. This was not the theme I had in mind for my first guest post on Mayowa’s blog. However, the night this topic dropped in my spirit, a friend sent me a screenshot and asked me to explain what a preacher had posted on Instagram.
“When the pieces don’t look like the picture… And the process doesn’t look like the promise… #PieceItTogether “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” – Mark 8 :20-21
What are the odds that someone will send me a screenshot with the above message on the same day I was thinking about it? God doesn’t do coincidences, any reoccurrence is a message.
So, to my message gangan. What really is the big picture?
My mum said something to me during my last holiday and I haven’t forgotten it till now. I use it to check myself. We were talking about something when she out of the blue said “If you and your sisters were not virtuous ladies after Christ, I can’t imagine what you’d be doing to survive now.’
You see, it’s so easy to see people doing ‘shina’ (sleeping around) for money and judge them. It’s so easy to point fingers when we’re not wearing the person’s shoes.
This is not to say we ought to start sleeping around for money. Just stay with me till the end.
My roommate and I prayed for and met with someone dear to us who had changed religion. After meeting with the person, I was awed! Again, this experience opened my eyes to the fact that I should never judge till I know the whole story. The long and short of the matter was that He wanted to try if the God of this new religion was going to provide for Him better than Jesus.
Please, read till the end before you start judging.
My heart broke and still breaks for him. For some reason, as I typed this, God reminded me of something I did one morning when I had just 40 cedis left with me (I’m a Nigerian, schooling in Ghana). Frankly, I didn’t know where any provision for that month was going to come from. So, I took the 40 cedis, held it out ‘in prayer’ (more like in tears) and showed God what I had left. I do not know if I thought He was blind that particular morning, all I know was that I was just tired! Tired of this ‘manage manage’ life.
God, what really is the big picture?
Let’s face it. Sometimes, we look at our friends who don’t even care a thing about Christ but have all we ‘wish’ we had. The devil keeps parading ‘the good life’ we could be having in front of us. It’s like he’s saying – ‘This is what you’re missing. This is what you could have had if you were in the world.’
I already said I’d be as plain as possible in this post, so please don’t judge!
In our walk with God, we’re often tempted to ask Him what the big picture really is.
You’d be sitting on your own, not looking for trouble when God will send one mind blowing promise. You’d know in your spirit that this is a SPECIFIC promise for you; but why is the process always a different ballgame?
Why does the process not look like the big picture?
Why does this valley of the shadow of death have to be so dark?
And then somehow we begin to lose sight of the big picture because of the process it takes to get there.
When God showed the process, did He also say you’d walk on roses and hold balloons to get there?
One thing I assured my friend who changed religion was this- “When (and not if) you come back to Jesus, it still will not be a bed of roses for you! Do not think that when you come back to Christ, He’d automatically give you all you want. So, if you’re going to serve Him, you better get ready! Because He will not be a magician that will do ‘abakadabra’ for your every want! But He will love and care for you all the days of your life and will never leave your side through the pain.”
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. – Hebrews 11: 13
Read the full chapter to full understand this Bible verse. How can we really expect to have it all on Earth, is this our final destination?
Even as I school in Ghana, there are things I haven’t chopped liver to do here that I can get away with when I’m home in Nigeria.
So, why do we expect the earth to be all these and more to us? This is not the final bus-stop na.
I love Mrs. Ibunkun Awosika. She’s like the role model of all role models and mentor of all mentors. Imagine this though.
You go for a mentorship meeting with her (maybe you even paid to attend), then you get there and her story sounds like this – “Mehn! You people should just help me thank God! My journey has always been rosy and smooth. In fact, God is a great magician and He did everything I wanted right at the moment I wanted them. It pays to serve this God o. You will not cry a day of your life. Everything will be easy for you and you will always hit jackpot. That’s what I have to say to you today.”
Abeg, be truthful, wouldn’t you feel like you wasted money when you leave that meeting? I mean, did I pay that amount of money just to hear fairy tales?
So why do people love her and always want to listen to her?
Simple answer- because she has a story to share! It’s because she represents the big picture that God has shown many ladies and she shares with them what to do in their own process.
Do you even get me? I kinda feel like I’m starting to write too much, but I’m totally pouring my heart out with this post. Haha, I’ve entered 3 pages and I rarely write this long on my blog; but why not kuku share a long version of my story here. Lol.
There are verses that have kept me grounded through this journey. They have linked me with my saviour at times I felt overwhelmed. I use them to remind myself of what my mum said during the holidays. Rather than follow shortcut, I hold on to these verses.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. – Isaiah 43: 2
This right here is my life mantra-
One thing I ask the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. – Psalm 27: 4
So, on days when money has almost finished and I’m tempted to do anything to survive- I run to Psalm 27.
What about days when my body itches to be touched and the devil pushes guys to toast me for purposeless relationships- I run to Psalm 27.
Days when I cry so hard about things that have not changed even though I’ve prayed and prayed about them- I run to Psalm 27.
Days when my mates ask why I can’t join them to do some of the things they do- I run to Psalm 27.
Let’s just say I run to it a lot. LOL.
Because I have vowed that let anything come, let fire and brimstone fall- I will seek and dwell in the house (presence) of the Lord all the days of my life.
I mean, Jesus is too real. Even more real than these words you read. Till the end, I will call Him saviour and friend.
This is my story.
Mayowa, I hope it’s not too deep, Lol.
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to share.