1 Sam 30:6 But David found strength in the Lord his God
Today I woke up blank, I hadn’t had time to think or process it all. I walked into my parlor and stared at my borrowed phone and my headset pack and I just didn’t get it. I sat on the floor of my parlor and said, “God, I was robbed!” with hot tears rolling down my cheeks. In the past 60 days, 2 very horrible incidents have occurred in my life – my house was sealed by the government and I had to move out in less than 1 month and the most recent, I was robbed on my way to work.
On that morning, I had just received the best news of my life the day before and I was feeling fly; I worked late into the night and decided to get to work early to get work done that morning. I wore my hair down, put on makeup and sprayed extra perfume. I walked down my lonely street, boarded a bike and got to the bus stop. I waited awhile for a bus to arrive; the first bus was empty so I decided to enter the next one which was full. It had 6 men in total and 2 other ladies; I entered.
I remember the moment I realized I had entered the notable one chance bus. I was grabbed in a choke-hold from the back and carried by 2 men sitting at the back of the bus. I was shoved on the floor of the bus, with my head in between the legs of one of the men with his hands choking my neck. My most prized possessions were collected from me amidst multiple threats. From the lights coming through the closed windows and the the movement of the bus; I knew we were still in Yaba and my prayer was, “God, please let them just release me and not carry me past Yaba”. A hand was on my mouth and was continuously pressed down and stepped on. I have not been scared that much in my whole life!
The men finally decided to release us after turning round 5 times and when we were dropped at Fadeyi, I remember feeling empty, blank like what’s this God? The 2 other ladies were also crying as they had been left with nothing and no way of getting home. By a stroke of grace, I was given 500 for transport so I began to see how I can help those ladies get to their destinations. They eventually left with me still where they had dropped us. I was at the side of the road, crying unashamed. I boarded a bus, went to the police station to report and then went to work to inform them of what happened as my phones were taken and there was no way to reach me.
I decided to stop at the bank to block my ATM card and on my way out of the bank, where I learnt my account balance was in the hundreds; I asked God, Why? I said “Most everything be a test?” And I heard a phrase; “Stand with God!” Probably typing this is the hardest thing I have had to do with the right side of my body where I had laid down in the bus, still swollen and sore and being barely able to move my right arm and whenever I close my eyes am in the choke-hold again. But…
The plans that God has for me are for good and not for evil to bring me to a perfect end! – Jeremiah 29:11
All things work together for my good because I love God and am called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28
The Lord is good and his mercies endureth forever Psalm 100:5
In the mini-minute when this instruction came, I was made to remember that the devil is the thief not God and I should take sides with God and not against him.
Many times in life, when horrible things happen to us instead of facing the enemy and challenging him for laying hands on our stuff; we direct all our questions, anger and complaints to God allowing the devil go un-blamed. We blame God and sometimes keep malice with him till we have somehow sorted it out by ourselves. It like God is only relevant when it’s all good and when it goes back we go and privately recover, away from God and return to him after we think we are fine.
But here God is saying, “I am as angry as you are but am not helpless; side with me! Don’t blame me or point fingers in my direction”. We forget in this times that God needs US to go into battle for the victory. It’s US that go into battle to effect the victory of Christ on the cross in our lives. God needs the right words on your lips and the right attitude in your heart to fight this war. The best part is he already won, so why don’t we stay on the winning side?
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. – 2 Corinthians 10
Ephesians 6:13 – 16 Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace.
We feel owed by God; why didn’t God warn me? Or cause the bus to develop a fault? I don’t know but I know that at that moment God had already won the victory for me and he wasn’t in a state of panic.
God isn’t shocked or panicked or afraid or disillusioned by whatever problem you may have or are currently facing and he is in a state of rest. Why? Because the victory is already won for us in Christ Jesus. So why don’t we side with God!
Come out of the sadness and take a stand with God!. Its mightily hard! I have been trying to do that myself and I haven’t been successful but am on my way!
Pray for me folks and choose to stand with God no matter what. I leave you with this song by Tedashi
Chase by Tedashi ft. Tim Halperin
You give, and you take, through it all I will chase after your heart
Not your hand, when my heart don’t understand
I will go chasing you
Hope in you
Forever, forever, oh