Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait on the LORD. PSALM 27:14
You know, Patience has been one of the greatest virtues I can shamefully say I don’t possess: not to say I am proud of it though. I get very anxious and a little irritated when things are taking too long than its suppose to. Well! my best friend thinks otherwise; to him I am the most patient girl he’s ever come across but, I beg to differ so lets stick to my truth anyways, which is – I am impatient.
Okay, so this is how I planned my life: four years of university education, continue with my masters degree which is going to take two years, get myself a great job, get married and then the rest would follow (abi you know dada). To me, that was and as a matter of fact, still is one wonderful life plan which by hook or crook had to materialize.
Now, let me tell you what happened and graciously is currently happening (hehee). I got into university at the right age every person is supposed to. On my admission letter, I got the weirdest combinations I could ever dream of. Trust me if I were to dream and see those combined courses, I would wake up, position myself well and dream again. Then again, aside my courses, I was even admitted into the university I didn’t even like because everybody claimed it was a non-serious school: UNIVERSITY OF GHANA. Oh! I forgot to mention my courses: Political science, Theater Arts and Swahili. The last course on my list even cracked me up, “Swahili! Who does Swahili and what language is that in the first place?” My sisters made fun of it. For political science, I felt I could work around it but the others, Lord! I don’t even want to continue.
So this was the plan, I drop Swahili after first year, theater arts after second year and then finish with a major in Political science since it seemed like the only reasonable course I was awarded. I got into school with this plan in my mind but everything changed. I fell in love with the Swahili and Political science to the extent that I traveled to Tanzania to study the language for a year and completed with a B.A in Political science and Swahili combined. That didn’t end there; I became a Teaching Assistant for Swahili. If you are following me very well, this meant that my life plan had embraced an extra year, plans distorted – five years in university, instead of the pre-planned four years.
Alright, so let’s continue: during my national service days, my friend and I used most of our time to apply for jobs and schools. Now, my attention was no more on my initial plan which was pursuing a master’s degree right after service; it was now divided. I was looking at both working and schooling, whichever came first I would just grab it: change of plans again. Well in my plans, I was hoping to be employed right after service – but we will soon know what happened to that hope. Now, national service ended in August and I had to relocate to Kumasi. I wasn’t too bothered and eager to work at that time because I wanted a little rest from service. As the weeks and months came by I was now getting a little agitated. Why? Because, my plans were back-firing. Some friends called to inform me they had started work already and others, that they were moving out of the country for school and my dear self was still back home feeding on my parents money.
Now I started questioning God- “Na wey road I pass, God? E no bi we all wey we dey search jobs den schools? Why you for remember others wey you forget me so? Wey tin I do?” lol……Eeiih!!!
Intensive prayers started and I had all hopes of getting a job right when the New Year began, and oh my parents’ friends promised me quite a number of jobs; but later they all disappointed me. I got admission into a school outside but it was without a scholarship. Now, it became even funnier than sad. “God, why me? If you know you won’t give me, don’t give me erh, why are you giving me sakora-answered prayers?” I thought to myself.
Let me cut the long story short, it’s the 21st of June, 2017 and I still don’t have a job and I am not schooling either. Well, if you ask me, I would probably say I’m relaxing at home, enjoying all the free time while it lasts. hehee… It hasn’t been easy at all, sometimes I wake up so frustrated, with plans distorted and dreams shattered. This is not how I planned my life. During these days at home, God has taught me greater lessons; He has drawn me closer to Him more than I used to be. I have even drawn closer to my church and the work of God, and the most important aspect of it all is that, I am learning to be more patient. I have learnt to tell God, “IT IS HARD, BUT I WILL WAIT!” I will wait for His perfect time, for that time He deems right for everything to take place. God has brought a lot of testimonies into my life: yes, it’s not the testimony of the job or the school with a scholarship yet, but they are greater testimonies I will share one day.
You may have delayed promises, your life’s plan may have been twisted like mine, you may have a lot of ‘unanswered’ prayers and shattered dreams but I want to challenge you today; it is time to tell God “IT IS HARD BUT I’LL WAIT”. You will wait for His perfect timing, you won’t rush but you will wait because, you have all your faith and hopes placed in Him alone. I am not saying its easy because it is not. God did not promise us an easy and a no pain life but He rather promised to be with us in the bad and in the good. To strengthen us when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9) and help keep that smiles on our faces. Trust me, there’s no one who can make your life better than our Father God. He has our destinies inscribed in His palms, He knows what Hes doing.
Isaiah 55:8 “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “In his time he makes all things beautiful”
Psalms 37:34 “Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
And let me remind you of one last scripture, one of my favorites too that says,
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is only the counsel of God that shall stand”. Proverbs 19: 21
God has a plan for you and me,with bigger and better surprises in store for us all. Therefore, let’s be patient and wait on God. If you only believe that you have a big God who has your name inscribed in His plans, a big God who is cooking something delicious for you to eat for a life time – then WAIT! God is not a man that He should lie nor a son of man that He should change His mind: He will come through for you, trust me. It may not be just as it is in your plans, but it will be when you need it most and deserve it, it will definitely happen at a time when the joy will captivate your mind, body and soul. I am still waiting so let’s wait together.