“As soon as Zion travailed, he brought forth his children” -Isaiah 66:8
“As soon as Zion travailed, he brought forth his children” -Isaiah 66:8
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
The ability to wait patiently is one attribute too difficult for some to imbibe. There is a waiting phase in between your dreams and its actualization. A woman does not give birth to her child immediately she gets pregnant, there is a waiting period. If the baby in the womb does not get to full term before he or she is birthed, then a premature birth has occurred; in some cases the child may not survive the ordeal.
The eagle is the king of all birds. While other birds hide from the storm, the eagle flies and rides above the storm. The eagles’ approach to the storm eventually places it in a position where nations around the world adopt it as a symbol of their national identity. But do you know that the eagle does not get to this enviable position just by its beauty. An eaglet has the understanding that it has been created to fly. Prior to its first flight attempt, the mother eagle feeds it with the food from its mouth and makes the place of its nest comfortable with furs and other assemblage. The mother makes sure that the eaglet is very comfortable for this period of time. After a short while, by what I have termed the eagle’s instinct, the eaglet knows that for as long as it remains within the comfort of its ‘well furnished bedroom’ it can never fulfill its destiny to becoming an eagle who rides on the storm. The eagle does not leave the eaglet to decide the time on its own but from experience she knows when to let the eaglet in. The eagle with its beak, removes the furs and ‘beddings’ that have made the nest comfortable for the eaglet. The once lush ‘apartment’ for the eaglet suddenly becomes uncomfortable. The eaglet begins to wiggle as a result of the change that has occurred.
“A time will come when instead of Shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” – Charles Spurgeon
What happened to Brazil? Has been the question asked by many. They were seriously mauled by the indefatigable German machine. Four goals scored in 6minutes! This may hold the record as the highest number of goals scored within that time frame. Brazil, a country that have mastered the act of modern football now holds the heart wrenching record of the worst semi final defeat in the history of the World Cup. This memory can never be eroded not with winning 10 World Cups in the future. It may go down as the worst defeat in the history of Brazil as a great football nation. The third place match was equally worrisome for many Brazilian fans across the world. The Brazilian team was walloped by the Dutch team. How Brazil could be this humiliated on their soil beats the imagination of many.
“The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.” – William Boot
This is so true in our days. There is a visible drift already. How we need to find our back to the cross.
Hackers are on the prowl. You don’t need to grant them any permission before they invade your system and cause unprecedented harm. So much money has been invested to create a defense mechanism against them. Firewalls have been raised and with each improvement in security, these hackers have come up with a more virulent way to attack and sought out ways to circumvent the system. Most often, the original intent of hackers is to gain access to information or data that ordinarily they should not have access to. Many had been defrauded as a result of hackers having access to their bank accounts. Organizations have crumbled as a result of the nefarious activities of these people. There have been situations when they had gained access to privileged information, encrypted them and requested for a ransom from the victim just to regain access to their own data.
It is the season of the football World Cup and the world is in frenzy. A question on the lips of many is who will win the cup? Spain has been trashed silly by the Netherlands. Hopefully they will bounce back. I also hope my dear country will do well in this edition.
Driving within the city can be fun most times because of the expansive road network here but sometimes you are confronted with slow traffic or ‘hold-up’ as it is called. On one of such days, I had left home with the hope that I will get to where I was heading in 18minutes (that’s how well you can estimate your arrival time whenever you are heading out, all things being equal) but lo and behold, I became sandwiched in between other vehicles and was held up in traffic. On this particular route, there were two lanes and I was not sure what caused the traffic as my vision was limited to a few meters ahead. After a while, I started feeling uneasy because the traffic was on a standstill particularly, the lane I was in. The other lane was moving gradually and vehicles I had left behind had overtaken me on the other lane. “This lane is not moving, if I don’t want to be very late, I need to get to the other lane” I thought. I prepped my car; ‘trafficated’ and the next vehicle let me in without any struggle. As I got on the other lane that was moving, I heard The Lord speak to my heart, “I am going to teach you a lesson today.” Before long, the lane I was in stopped moving and the lane I left from started moving and vehicles that were behind me drove ahead such that I could not see them again while I was still trying to maneuver my way back. I had been on this lane but while I was there, it wasn’t moving. Vehicles I’d left behind had overtaken me from the other lane. I couldn’t see ahead to know exactly what caused the traffic. Because the other lane was moving and I was not patient, I drove in.
I remembered that morning in March; I was about leaving the event management office as we prepared for my book presentation and launch when I asked the manager where I could find the closest branch of a particular bank. He did a good job by giving me a lucid description of the place which I thought was easy for me to understand. We hopped in the car and as usual with my wife by my side. Then began our interesting journey. Based on the description and what we were told, we should be there in 2 to 3 minutes but alas our journey had already extended beyond that. I drove looking at both sides of the road with the hope that I will find the bank and this was a distraction because I wasn’t able to really concentrate on my driving. My boy had started his usual ‘singing’ you need to hear him sing when he is really in the mood, you’ll have no choice but to listen to him. “Maybe we can turn back hopefully we may find another branch of the bank on our way back” said my wife. That’s was all I needed to hear as I was already contemplating same and I just needed a nudge from my wife. At this point, I navigated to the left hand side of the road having seen an exit sign. As I drove to the left waiting to take the exit route back, I lifted my head and looked ahead and the bank we have been searching for was just ahead and less than a minute drive away. We have exited too early because we thought we might not find the bank. The person who described the location painted a picture of a bank not far away and as result, that guided our every move and when it did not turn out as described, we gave up. We have to navigate to the exit route before we found the place we were headed. My son through his ‘melodious singing’ facilitated our wanting to make a U-turn. I was not alone as my wife supported the decision to turn back. This became a great lesson learnt as we discussed at that time.
Nobody can describe accurately where you are headed in life than your creator. No matter how well they claim to know the place, don’t trust men with your destiny. The journey of purpose that leads to fulfillment of destiny is not a sprint but a marathon, don’t be in a hurry. Take it easy. That you have not seen the destination yet, should not make you ‘navigate to the left’ and take that exit. You will be surprised, you are just a few inches away to your destination and it may be too late at that point. And sometimes you have to be on the ‘left side’ of the journey to see where you would have headed if you had remained on the right path. Avoid distraction which could come in the form of a ‘sweet melody’ -as is the case of my son- to distract you from where you are headed. Let God have the final say over your life. Don’t give that position to a man no matter who he or she is. We have to exit and then made another U-turn to get back on the right path. Lessons learnt. When you realize you have taken the wrong exit in life, there is still an opportunity to make a U-turn back to the right track. Take it and make it count. God bless you big.