I have come to realise that we have many unanswered requests in our prayer box because we force our intelligent human choices down God’s throat. As super humans that we think we are, we expect God to abandon His original agenda to honour our cooked up fantasy.
When I applied for NYSC in 2016, I reluctantly picked Akwa-ibom, Abuja, Ogun state and Kaduna because the application wasn’t submitting without the four boxes being ticked as they instructed us to do.
In my head, all that I wanted and prayed for was Akwa-ibom because I felt that I had better opportunities and plenty unfinished business there with sweet reasons that God must honour.
The day NYSC posting letter came out, I sat on the floor and cried out my eyes because God did not grant my Akwa ibom heart desires.
I felt betrayed because during the suspense and waiting period, I prayed, wished, dreamt, fasted, hoped, fantasised, eulogised and craved for only Akwa-ibom. The only thing I didn’t do was to bribe one of the Angels to beg God on my behalf.
I was posted to Abuja. I hated the city because of stereotypes I had formulated and perfected in my big head courtesy of Nollywood.
The only person I had the strength to share the news with was Danny Dammy. He spoke sense into my stereotyped head and hammered on the importance of gratitude being a vital tool in life. Though not totally convinced, I packed my bags and baggage and hurried off to the undesirable location ….It is not like I had a choice anyways.
I spent half of the journey crying and worrying inside the bus. That has been the only journey that I didn’t have appetite for the chop chop of life.
Most times, what I desire is not the best option available in God but I am always too consumed with my immediate wants that I have perfected the act of forgetting to be grateful for the best that He generously provides.
I had intelligent reasons for wanting a particular place but all those reasons have suddenly vanished and become immaterial few years down the road. Maybe it is because I have seen a tiny bit of the future…
Working in the will of God should not be so difficult if we just allow God to be God while we assume and deploy our responsibilities as short sighted human beings in comparison with God’s big eyes that can see the end from the beginning.
As you step out this week, I want you to make a conscious effort to worry less and be more grateful.
Even if you worry yourself on behalf of the whole world, your worry will not change the price of garri in the market but will increase the volume of the fluid in your head.
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