All of last month, it felt as though the country was catapulted into a constant case of chaos. From the killings in Plateau state to the explosion of the fuel tanker on the Otedola bridge which claimed both lives and property, to the loss of young lives such as Musician, Dbanj’s 1 year old son to a drowning accident and girl child activist, Blessing Timidi‘s two children due to a fire that engulfed their household. It seemed as though June was designed for tragedy.
All over social media, everyone blamed the Nigerian government for not doing their bit to ensure that the safety of the citizens was a priority and no one had any good things to say about the country. It seemed as though pandemonium had struck and everyone was officially fed up; no longer combating our misfortune as a country with comedy or light-hearted banter.
Entering into a new month, I found myself wondering what was in the store and praying hard that this month is albeit, a contrast from last month. As I took stock, it also occurred to me that this was officially the second half of the year. It suddenly hit me that I had all these plans set at the beginning of the year and fast forward to now, I had made other plans for the next phase of my year. I thought I was in control forgetting that I had to listen and follow.
Today, I prayed for the ability to hear, listen and follow because the future is not in my hands.
The people who lost their lives this month had no idea it would be the end of the road for them and the knowledge that we have no power over that is frightening but essential to remember. We need to always remember that all we have is the ‘NOW’ and although we might not have power over the things that happen to us, we do have power over the way we treat our situations. Our attitude is key.
I like to think of Job whenever I face my fair share of challenges. He had every reason to call God out, he had every reason to be angry and act up but he didn’t and in the end, it made all the difference. So, I understand that the state of things could be better, I understand that our living conditions could be so much better, but, it is so key to ensure always that we are constantly attuned to what God is saying to and about us. It isn’t always about His leading us to a new place, sometimes, it’s about understanding that in this place where you are right now, you know exactly who you are in Christ always, even if that means staying put in this uncomfortable situation you are in and having the right attitude to get up and thank God like you’re living your best life.
The acclaimed songwriter, Horatio G. Spafford, who wrote the popular hymnal “It is well” wrote the song after losing his home to a Chicago fire and his four daughters to a sailing accident. In the same year, he also lost his only son to pneumonia, yet, he wrote:
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul
This hymnal has gone on to become one of the most popular hymnals ever written worldwide and his name has gone down in the list of the most iconic people to ever walk this earth.
Make sure you have the right attitude this month of July and I pray God’s peace, joy and favour over your life.