Life is surely full of intrigues and questions, deep matters over which human’s comprehension will forever be flawed.
We have given these things all kinds of names and explanations. ‘Vicissitudes of life.’ ‘Being in a Dark Place.’ ‘Diverse Types of Temptation.’ ‘Night Seasons of Life.’ ‘Cruel Hands of Fate.’
No matter what name we to give unpleasant experiences it cannot described but experienced. It takes a person who experienced the dark side of life to feel and not necessarily to describe. In most cases we lack expression or articulation for what we feel. The deeper our pain the lesser the capacity for expression.
Yet in the life, no human being is excempted from the unpleasant experiences of life. We are visited with these things in different measures and seasons. (2 Corinthians 10:13). As matter of fact, faith in God does not guarantee us a blanket immunity against the Vicissitudes of Life. It only guarantees us ‘peace in the midst’ and victory over the same.(John 16: 33).
I remember losing my mum, who was bedridden for 5 years after suffering a stroke, before passing under avoidable circumstances at 67. My father, who had also been struggling with his health died 10 days after and 3 days after my mother was burried. What a month? The month of February. What a year? The year 2009.
Where we do find hope in these moments of these intriguing realities of life?
Here is how I have fared in my dark moments of life:
1. I allow grief to find full expression the way I felt it. I tried not to deny what I felt.
2. I lean on God, knowing that ‘I do not have a high priest, who cannot be touched by the feelings of my infirmary in that he was tempted in every way…’ Hebrews 4:15 ‘His strength is made perfect in my weakness…’ 2 Corinthians 9-10. I remember what Myles Monroe Junior said in the first appearance of the family after losing his mother, father, uncle and 7 others(including an unborn child) in a plane crash, ‘God may not explain Himself but He will reveal Himself.’
3. I return to my company. ‘Peter and John went back to their own people (company).’ Acts 4: 23. In my recent meditation, I have come to the irresistible conclusion that the real meaning of cowardice is doing life alone. My recent experiences have also taught me that when the Book the I Read says, ‘if you fail in the day of adversity, your strength is little,’ Proverbs 24:10 the ‘strength’ there means my own people, with whom I can share my burden. ‘A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17: 17
I am sure you wondering, is Taiwo AKINLAMI also among the Prophets? Not at all, I am still of the PEW and this is my #SOCIOLOGUE this day, powered by the #ministryofclarity
Do have an INSPIRED week ahead
ONIWASU Taiwo AKINLAMI