Friday, 2 August 2013
Setbacks Are A Fact Of Life
Over the years I have come to believe with all my heart that God is closer to me than even my own skin. More times than I can recall, I would be going through something and all of a sudden everything around me 'speaks to' that situation.
Like yesterday for instance, I read these words in an email that some former colleague forwards to me daily. Sometime I open to read and to be honest sometimes I do not. But yesterday, I did and this is what it said:
Notice that although being in the bush was not desirable, David learnt to conquer lions and bears in the bush. He learnt to trust God for deliverance in the bush. The bush level may have been undesirable, but the bush experience was useful. The bush level may have seemed as a set-back for David, but he took unmistakable lessons out of the bush. His experience in the bush counted in his destiny. Friend, as new month begins, God says, take useful lessons from every 'bush experience' that comes your way. You may be desirous of a higher level, but God says, learn the lessons of your current level. Where you are now may not be fantastic, but the experiences you gain therein will be useful to you......
I knew, deep within me, that this was a word from my PapaGod to me specifically. I needed to quit focussing on what I felt was being 'taken from me' and just learn the lessons I needed to learn and move on. No one has power to do anything to me if God does not allow him/her. No one.
But just in case I did not quite catch his drift yesterday, He spoke again, through a book I am reading - 40 Days to Better Living. On my way to work, I settled to read my section for today and by the time I was done, God's message was loud and clear:
True Progress involves a lot of moving forward as well as times when you have to deal with setbacks. Sometimes we use our setbacks as our reasons to give up.
That has to stop please. Let me show you something. Do something for me right now. Get up. Take two steps forward and one step back. Keep doing that as you walk around your office/home/where ever you are. 2 forward, 1 back. Do you see that you still make progress even though every third step is a step back? Do you get it now like I do? I pray so.
Thanks to these two nudges from God, I am reminded once again that setbacks are a fact of life. It is up to me to de-programme my mind so that it does not assign more value to my setbacks than it does to my successes in life as a person and especially as a Christian woman.
And I need to be sure no one has the capacity to do this to me either.
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