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April 30, 2012

APRIL 30, 2012
 
That was the defining moment.
That was the first leap of faith in the journey that was about to change the course of the rest of my life…
 
Few days before then, I was alone in a small room for 3 days. Alone, but not lonely. I emerged after those 3 days with a rather audacious submission and an even more audacious commission and mandate. I couldn’t shake off the sense that I was to spend the rest of my life finding expression for the lyrics I heard in those 3 days – lyrics beyond terrestrial melody.
 
3 days passed. I told my parents.
Mum cried. Dad sighed. But they both came to the same conclusion: We release you to go for that which you believe you have been called to pursue. (Oh! God bless my parents!)
 
My mentor gave me a “song sheet” for the new melody. Some well-meaning destiny friends gave me some “musical instruments” to start with (in a manner of speaking). And my eternal twain was ready to go all the way with me to sing this new tune together. (Thanks, Eleos).
 
On the very day I was supposed to go for an interview at a High School to start a lecturing job in the field I had chosen, I set out on another trip entirely into the unfamiliar.
 
The trip to Lagos seemed like forever. She welcomed me with her soundtrack of weary faces. I remember carrying my two small bags close to my heart as I was looking everywhere for a clue as to which way to go. I called Funmi, and she directed me.
 
Four years down the line, God has proven Himself faithful.
 
He has healed me of a cough that should have taken my life.
He has backed up His words on my lips with testimonies.
He has introduced me to people I never knew existed.
He has heard prayers I had not voiced out.
He has silenced the voice of impossibility.
He has disgraced insufficiency and lack.
He has broken the chains of “locality”.
He has shut the mouth of tradition.
He has given me HIMSELF!
 
“If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for (me), embracing (my) condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for (me)?” (Romans 8:32 MSG personalised).
 
Yes, it’s a great climb. The wall is high, and the stakes are higher. But He has given me His harness (the Holy Spirit) and placed a rope (His Word) in my hands.
 
Yes, at some point, I’d lost my footing and my focus. At some point, I’d fallen for a moment which seemed like forever…but then the rope tightened, and the tumble ceased. I hung in the harness and found “Him” to be strong. I grasped the rope and found “Him” to be true. I looked at my Guide and found Jesus securing my soul.
 
Now I’m wiser. I’m careful and cautious, but I’m also confident. I trust the rope. I rely on the harness. And though I can’t always see or feel my Guide, I know Him enough to trust His strength. And I know He is able to keep me from falling.
 
“To him who is able to keep (me) from falling and to present (me) before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God (my) Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ (my) Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude vv. 24–25 NIV)
 
…He that has begun the good work, will, no doubt, finish it.
Amen.
 
PS:
1. Thanks for your support and prayers. Every single one of you.
2. And if you are sensing the same thing I sensed 4 years ago, don’t delay. His remuneration plan is unmatchable!
 
Blessings.
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