dlightsom

Christian youths mentoring, entrepreneur, gospel

Great expectations

It was summer of 1989, I was then in S.S.2 (senior secondary school) and all was set for me to visit Lagos, Lagos? I thought to myself was going to be real fun and maybe I could also pick some some money on the streets. Who would blame a young teenager like me, after all everyone that come down to the village from Lagos has given us a ‘facade’ screaming all was well and rosy.
My senior causin lived in Lagos, and since he was fund of me and I saw him as a ‘biiig’ man, I was only too excited when he asked that I visited him during my holidays. My causin was  married but his wife li ed in another part of the country with their children.  To me, my causin was the best person on earth for having invited me to see this fairy tale of a city called Lagos.
However, my mother made every thing ready for me to actualise my dream. A local long-distance taxi driver who would pick me from home and drop me off at my causin’s address in Lagos was contacted. As the D-day drew near, my immediate elder brother, who was so excited about the trip, got me an empty rice sack to apparently bring his own goodies.
Having never left our home town before and to the big city of Lagos, I didn’t sleep a wink throughout the preceeding night due to my excitement. After what seemed a very long time, it was finally dawn, 6am the driver arrived and so began my journey to the big city of Lagos.
The journey to Lagos took about 7 hours and my joy was clearly seen. I thought to myself, me, Lagos? ha! ‘Dem go take’ (meaning that I’ll be the synosure of all eyes on my return). There goes the sign-‘WELCOME TO LAGOS, LAND OF AQUATIC SPLENDOUR’. Hmm, my first thought on arrival was how I was going to have all the fun in here. The driver announced to those of us who were coming for the first time, ‘this is Lagos and due to your varying addresses,  I will be droppin one after the other and the last being this young girl’, that’s me.

It must have taken another 2 to 3 hours for this drop-off within town, 1, the traffic congestion, 2, the distances between all the various addresses. I became so exhausted but excited and couldn’t wait to get to my place of ‘rest’. The first thing I noticed on arrival was the brisk movement of people, some were either running after vehicles to get a ride or just packed up inside ‘Molue’. Anyways,  I had my mind fixed on getting home.

At last, the driver announced our arrival at my causin’s office address for perhaps, he could take me home but he was not there. Okay, we set sail to his house address in another far location in town. Lovely building with high fence unlike where I was coming from. Magnificent building and I thought I would have a room to myself.  Once jn this seemingly ‘opulent compound’, we headed for the flight of stairs and soon at the door, knock, knock, knock, but no answer! No answer? How can? Why? What? Are there no neighbours I could hang around with?  So we do I go from here?. By the way, who would pay for my journey? The driver looked in my direction but I rather needed the answers from him.
Perplexed,  he muttered ‘eni ebho ne rhi bhi eko na? meaning this people in Lagos?  Although it was a rhetorical question,  I focused on his lips to find the word I was looking for. To make our situation worse, there was barely a working telephone in those days. If thers were any, the nearest booth would be a mile away and besides who needs a phone whe my great cousin was expecting me. Telephone ke? Wetin concern me with phone?, (what’s my business with a phone?) just needed my cousin that’s all.

After a short while, the driver came up with an answer, bam! we are going to look for uncle Jim he said, let’s go because by the time, it was nightfall. Uncle Jim was from my village and we lived close with a just one house in-between. It is better than remaining outside. As for the driver, he would sleep at the motor park, , insidehis taxi so he would return home the next day.  We got to uncle Jim was a bank worker, and was married with a son. He recieved us with warmth as though he had expected us. The driver explained my journey so far and left. Uncle Jim gave me food and I had a bath.  He lived in a 3 bed room apartment and I felt at home. He wondered aloud why my cousin would treat me the way he did. He however told me that the next day, he would be taking me to one of my father’s younger brother who was a diplomat at the time,  according to him it was only the right thing to do.
The next day, uncle Jim showed me the kitchen and ironed fo me so we set out. Meanwhile, he had a fight  with his wife which saw her out of their home prior to my coming. We rode in his Peugeot 504 saloon car to my uncle’s house somewhere in town. When we arrived, we were told by his wife that he was not available and tgat since I was not invited, she couldn’t take me in. (I wouldn’t blame her for her principles). Uncle Jim pleaded with her to let me spend the night so that my uncle could decide when he arrives, so she obliged. After uncle Jim left, she became really angry saying that instead of me to stay in my father’s house, I was going about disturbing people. Looking back, I really feel sad for the inconvenience I brought them.
On the morrow, she bundled me and my things on my head and off we went to the bus stop. (Remember I said earlier that every one ran after moving vehicles). So we were to board the first bus but because I couldn’t run, it left, when the next one came, I ran with her and of course, one leg of my slippers was on ground while I was in the vehicle.  I screamed and the bus stopped but as we got down to get it, the bus left.  Finally we got one and after about 3 hours, we were in uncle Jim’s place where she left me. I was now the problem of this next door neighbour.

Uncle Jim received me yet again with so much maturity and brotherly kindness. He told me to remain until he had money to pay for my fare back home. All along, there was still no word from my dear cousin. I ended up spending one full week in the house of this messenger of God who sheltered me.
Finally my day came to depart, depart this lovely city without exploring the city, depart with pain, rejection and dejection, depart not taking nothing, seeing nothing nor feeling nothing but disappointment. I was happy to be home with my family where love resonated. Although uncle Jim shared what he had with me, he couldn’t meet the very purpose of of my visit.
Many years later, I realised that the expectations of man may be many but disappointment may also be very inevitable. In one of my trips to America,  I spoke with my uncle’s wife and could feel the thrill in her voice. She asked if I was still pretty, or fair complexioned, (funny). We talked alot about everything, its so wonderful when the tides turns in one’s favour. I do not hold grudges but its my right not to forget to teach it to others.

This true life story is just to ilustrate the many great expectations of man, the word of God says our expectations  shall not be cut short. Though it’s heart breaking, as the bible says, Hope deferred makes the heart sick.(Prov.13:12), it doesn’t mean that the Lord has forsaken you. When one road closes, there’s alwas another, so don’t die in your disappointment.
You may have come face to face with disappointment, do not loose hope, the Lord is working it out. You must never allow your expectations to cause you to lose focus. You will get there!
Today, I live in Lagos, travel at will because of Jesus who has taken me from the miry clay and set my feet upon a Rock-Jesus! He has turned my sorrows into joy. I am not yet there but I am very grateful that I have come this far.

Please let me know what you have learnt from my story or any of my posts.
@dlightsom on Twitter
ENDOW YOUTHS on Facebook
Tienssy9@gmail.com
dlightsom.wordpress.com

God bless you.
Copyright (c) 2014

Posted from WordPress for Android

Advertisements
Leave a comment »

Talking about youths and the challenges of parenting on NTA 2 channel 5, programme after the dawn

image

Posted from WordPress for Android

Leave a comment »

VISION-THE FORCE BEHIND GREATNESS! (c)

On the first day of creation, the earth was WITHOUT FORM AND VOID, DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. This is Genesis 1 : 1. What a chaotic, uninhabited, an empty and formless world it was. Darkness means that one would have to grope, try to make a mental picture of the way out, or where to find what. Its total stand-still, because there’s no light whatsoever. In our lives, there are moments of total blackout, physically, socially, spiritually or otherwise. When there is darkness, no matter how bright, sharp and clear your eyes maybe, you may not be able to see the person or thing next to you, not to say the least see ahead.
The Spirit of God moved upon the surface of the deep, it means that the Lord Almighty was brooding and birthing the earth. As the Spirit of God moved, VISION was born. God was putting things in order, planning, designing and breathing the earth into BEING-creating spiritually what was going to be real in a PHYSICAL WORLD.
God mapped out and put the earth in place, every breath, an action! Goals were set for even a billion years to come. It was at this time that God started to SPEAK!  Spoke everything including man (let us make man in our own image and likeness….. Genesis 1 : 26) to being. The eco-system and everything man would ever need. Because of this massive mental and spiritual creation, God saw that everything He has made WAS GOOD!
                 Say this little prayer: O Lord! Open the eyes my heart to se ahead of me!
This same creative and illuminating mental capability(Vision), was all the Lord was asking from Abraham our father. Genesis 13:14-15. Why would Jehovah place such a demand on Abraham? The answer?
                            Genesis 1 : 11. “And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herbs yielding SEED and the fruit tree yielding  fruit AFTER HIS KIND, whose SEED IS IN ITSELF upon the earth and it was so”.
This could be considered a BLANK cheque given to man to literarily create the world he wants to live in, business, home, children, school, marriage etc. God has given you the mental capacity to DREAM, THINK, and CREATE anything you want out of life. For some, this ability has been used to create some of the best things in life, the Airplane, light bulb, computers, Architectural designs, cars etc. However others have used theirs to kill and destroy others and rebel against all that is good. You are a product of your Vision. “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7.

After vision comes the spoken word, if you have a vision, speaking it into existence is a great way to get there. It is a powerful tool of creation and those who can call forth those things that be not as though they were, already have it.
At every step of creation, God SAID. What are you saying?  There is power in the spoken word. You have been given the ability to reproduce, Genesis 1 : 22. You have a SEED within you to be fertilised for reproduction. What you do with it determines what you reproduce-greatness or mediocrity, its totally all up to you.
The seed you carry is called the SEED OF GREATNESS, so if you fail to reproduce like the fig tree Jesus cursed, you shall be cut down. To be cur don literally means to be left  behind by your peers. Matthew 3:10 says an Axe is laid at the bottom of every tree so that the ones not bearing fruits is hewn down. What a waste that would be.
This means that God never intended for anyone to be barren-it is against the law of creation, so He gave us times and seasons for example,  day and night.  You are to work during the day and rest at night. Figuratively, your early years should be spent, dreaming, working and running while the older years are to be spent in plenty and to rest lacking nothing.
Anyone who dares to DREAM, THINK, SPEAK AND WORK while there is time, would definitely be fruitful. Fruitfulness is not the exclusive preserve for Christians but for all who would dare. Whether you are a Hindu, moslem, atheist etc, if you dream you can achieve. Man! You were made in the image of God, and as such must fulfil the purpose for which you were made-To be fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth and sudbdue it. Are you working in this light or you are waiting on someone else to do it for you? Hear this, the journey is gradual, may be painful, delayed, frustrating or discouraging but you must determinedly HOLD on to the ROPES, there are no double promotions in life except by divine order.
The Lord gave us a road map thus; Habakkuk 2:2b- Write the VISION and make it PLAIN upon the tables that he may RUN that readeth in.
So I ask, do you have a vision?
Is it written in plain, simple language?
Can your Vision outlive you?
Do not be afraid to dream again if you have fallen before, you only learn new ways not to do things.
Rise up wherever you are, and be fruitful in all you do in Jesus name,  I break the spirit and laziness and mediocrity and declare you free in Jesus name – Amen
Do not settle for less. SHALOM!
I would like to hear from you how the Lord is changing your life through this medium.

This life changing series is coming to you from the stable of
Pastor Edna George – Okon
Christ Restoration Bible Church Int’l Ajah
4A Oluwole Baker Street, Thomas Estate Ajah Lagos.
Email: tienssy9@gmail.com
Tel : 08098009686
twitter:@dlightsom

Posted from WordPress for Android

Leave a comment »