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Change is not always the most exciting thing but, God knows best!!!

It was a tough year for me and what made it worse is that I was embarrassed to share how I felt with any of my friends. How come I was unhappy and yet I had now moved to England? It was like a  dream destination for some of my friends and so they wouldn’t understand if I ever told them that I was actually struggling to cope. So I thought to myself, why bother?

My phone was like my comfort because at least I could see memes and have a laugh. The happiness didn’t last though. I tried all the different apps on my phone and the happiness was only in that moment but immediately I closed the app, reality kicked in. I was actually unhappy. I was living with my family but I missed my other family too, which is my uncle’s family because it’s where I spent most of my life growing up. I have been blessed though, to have different families.

My environment wasn’t the best and so sometimes I questioned God, “Did you really bring me here to go through situations that I can’t even explain to anyone?” Even the thought of me sharing my experience was mortifying. My spiritual life was down the drain. Still, I do believe God gave me the courage to actually reach out to one of my friends back home who I shared with how I felt. We had a chat and I remember understanding that all that time, I had been seeking approval from the wrong people. She made me understand that it was okay if people thought I was having a good time and yet I wasn’t. There was also nothing to be ashamed of, she said. But I thought to myself that’s only because she understood. Not everyone would be like her. She gave me some encouragement and I remember telling God that I was tired of that situation and I needed a new environment.

Well, a year later, God granted my request. I was kind of excited but at the same time scared. How was I going to cope? Moving to a new location where I hardly knew anyone but then, I was reminded to look back at how God had been carrying me and actually while reflecting, I noticed that even when I was far from Him, not communicating with Him, God was close to me. I will be honest, I can confidently say, I have never been abandoned by God. For me, this affirms all the promises He has made through His word.

Praise God, I got to a point where I found comfort in God’s word and not my phone. Worship has been different since then and I must say, I am joyful. Studying the Bible with friends has been the best decision I made and more so during the lockdown. Understanding the God who rescued the Israelites from slavery when they cried out for help, seeing how compassionate He was, How He protected them in the wildness while working to build their trust in Him. Even though they failed, He was faithful and gentle.  

I believe God knew that this was a big change for the Israelites who seemed mentally chained to their Egyptian masters. A change in lifestyle and diet. Call it worship. At some point, like the Israelites, I wanted God to take me back to where I was because I thought I would die in the “wilderness experience”. I was so scared but God was so patient with me and I saw this through the different provisions. I asked God for friends who would help me get closer to Him. He gave me those. 

God in His providence brought the Hebrews into the mountain fastness before the sea, that He might manifest His power in their deliverance and signally humble the pride of their oppressors. He might have saved them in any other way, but He chose this method in order to test their faith and strengthen their trust in Him. The people were weary and terrified , yet if they held back when Moses bade them advance, God would never have opened the path for them. It was “By Faith” that “they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land.” In marching down to the very water, they showed that they believed the word of God as spoken by Moses. They did all that was in their power to do, and then the Mighty One of Israel divided the sea to make a path for their feet. 

The great lesson here taught is for all time. Often the Christian life is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before or bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, “Go forward.” We should obey this command, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our feet. The obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, “Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly,” but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things.

The cloud that was a wall of darkness to the Egyptians was to the Hebrews a great flood of light, illuminating the whole camp and shedding brightness upon the path before them. So the dealings of providence bring to the unbelieving, darkness and despair, while to the trusting soul they are full of light and peace. The path where God leads the way may lie through the desert or the sea, but it is a safe path. Patriarchs and Prophets p290.

Throughout the Bible, we know that whenever God has called someone for a work to be done, He has always equipped them and promised them of His guidance and He has indeed fulfilled His promises. Change might not be the most exciting thing but God knows Best. He will carry you through that change till His purpose is accomplished and His name is glorified.

Bible verses for encouragement through the season of change

Deuteronomy 32:11, 12 – “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.”

Exodus 2:25, 3:12 – “God saw the people of Israel—and God knew“. “He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,   for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Isaiah 41:10 –Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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