I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help?
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot, thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even for ever more.
In the past few weeks, if you have been tempted at least once to ask “Where has God gone?” or “Why is He silent?” Please identify by a show of hand in the comment section. If you ever thought that it is because of our sin and God is punishing us, raise another hand. If you ever thought it was because of 5G please locate a nearby mast, climb to the peak and jump down (okay maybe that’s too much). If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, I’m not judging you at all oh! I mean, we are living in really weird times and it’s okay to be a little shaken.
Yeah, so, about the scripture above, imagine yourself as the baby girl or boy of God (because in fact, you are!) He wouldn’t want anything to harm you. Remember when David said “Though a thousand shall fall at his right and ten thousand on his left but it shall not come near him”? (If you ask me the verse I’ll literally pour water on you, because you should know it at this your age) Well, that’s the case with you! God has got you covered girl! (You still need to cover yourself when you go out it public though)
So, about my COVID 19 experience (I will not experience it in Jesus name) I know it isn’t the case of God not existing because I have seen God work at different points in my life, so tilting to atheism is not an option. At a time self erhn, I was even wondering if Aristotle was right when he said God had abandoned the world, because He’s infinitely good and He cannot stand a world that is infinitely bad. (It made sense in my head that time sha, that was like in the starting starting)
Putting Covid19 aside, I want to talk about real things that we all might be going through. There are so many tragedies that we humans go through that literally scar us for life or make us feel so alone. For most of these tragedies I cannot explain why they happen because I do not have the answers. I cannot explain why of all marriages, yours failed. I cannot explain why you are the one with a terminal disease neither can I explain why it was you who was marked to be sacked at a time like this in the world’s economy, nor can I give tangible reasons why you haven’t gotten admission to study in the university after your numerous attempts. I cannot explain why you are the one having financial crisis or why you are always the one in abusive relationships.
All I can tell you is “DARE TO BELIEVE”. Trust God that he is too faithful to let you fail you, that though the mountains crumble and the oceans rage and amidst the war the devil wages constantly against you, you too like Job would come out of this! (Incase you didn’t know before, this is a message of hope)
I can’t begin to list all my troubles right now but trust me; I’ve had a fair share of pain. Not to belittle the pain you are going through or hold a “who has suffered the most” contest but trust me, everyone has their troubles. I know life may have been really tough on you and I wouldn’t even understand the magnitude of the pain you are going through but I know that God would always come through for everyone that trusts in him.
In my 22 years journey in life, I’ve come to understand that we can live life in two ways; defeated and hopeful. I have been in the defeated lane a whole lot of times and believe me; it’s not a fun place to be. On that lane, you’ll find depression lurking around with suicidal thoughts bumping into anyone it can find, and I like to think that it takes the beauty and magic away from life. I was watching a TED Talk very recently and the speaker said that the chances of a person being born on earth at a particular time to the exact family and country he is born into is 1 in 400,000.
This fact leads me to the second way to go through life; hopefully. I know it sounds ironical to tell someone with dashed dreams or expectations to be hopeful but be hopeful! There is an UberFacts report that stated that in theory, if every organ and fluid in a human body is sold, its price would be around 48 million dollars and I was having a conversation with a friend after seeing the report and we assumed that the human mind should be worth 50 million dollars (which of course we all know its way more than that). Let’s further assume that a human being is worth 94 million dollars, that’s a whole lot of money to invest in something you plan on abandoning, don’t you think?
Talk more of the Blood of Jesus that was spilled to redeem you! Facts, if I was God, I wouldn’t kill my son for someone I would abandon eventually! That tells you that he has no plan whatsoever to abandon you!
Going back to the “why am I facing difficulties” talk, or “why is God letting this happen” question; Well, for one, I am not God and it’s not in my place to answer it as it would be an act of “I too know” (For my non Nigerian audience, “I too know” is a name tag given to a person who does more than he is asked to do in a way that a Nigerian finds annoying, and you know what they say about Nigerians having big bowls of arrogance for breakfast). So, in my opinion, it would be better to add it to the list of things to ask God when you meet him eventually. Also, I’ve actually grown a lot this year, there’s a saying that goes “it’s through the pain that we learn” and I know so many people landed on a window of pain but, God knows the end from the beginning and he’ll never abandon any of us.So talking more about having hope and believing that everything worketh together for the good of those who love the Lord, it’s not really an easy thing to do because there are some days when you just want to stay in bed and cry about how life has been unfair to you and feel miserable (at least I used to do). But that’s the reason why the bible tells us not to live by sight because the things we see are temporal (you might want to see the book of Hebrews)
I’d end on this note, it takes the same amount of energy to either believe or not believe that everything works together for your good, but you can affect the quality of your life by whatever your choice is. Remember, faithful is He that promised.
MY NAME IS TRICIA CHILEKE AND I AM DARING YOU TO BELIEVE!
And hey! Just before you go, I have the coolest t-shirts which have I BELIEVE on them. Personally, I like to wear mine on days when I feel the lowest. You can order them here @hurtdaeyez