What can i say? 2016 has been a beautiful year for me… as a matter of fact, the best year yet in my life. My heart is full of gratitude to my Creator for the far that He has brought me.
I vividly reminisce how apprehensive i was about the year as it began in January! I was in my final semester at the university, looking forward to complete my project (which was still at its conceptual stage); a prerequisite for me to graduate later in the year; my relationship with my (now) ex-boyfriend was simply on the rocks; i was not certain of what i actually wanted to do after campus; I was slowly losing touch with my Bible Study Quiet time… simply put, my life was a complete mess and i was simply surviving on God’s unending mercies!
Words may fail to accurately describe the situation i was in at the time, but it felt like i was slipping on a steep slope with nothing to hold on to, to keep me from falling. Despair was slowly but steadily approaching and i almost lost hope and meaning for life. Looking back however, i can afford a smile! For these (temporary) shortcomings took me down to my knees before my King… and from that low point i drew all the strength and courage that i needed to sail through the seemingly stormy year that lay ahead of me.
With God’s leading, i was able (with the support of family and close friends) to break off my relationship with my then boyfriend. I can attest (on behalf of all those who’ve had break-ups before), to the fact that break-ups are U.G.L.Y. and messy and horrible and all other adjectives that fit the description outlined here-in. There were days i would cry myself to sleep recalling all the good times we had together, promises made (some of which were already broken), memories created together, secrets shared, etc. It was without a doubt the lowest point of my life, but possibly one of the best decisions i have made thus far in my life.
I remember asking God for true, trustworthy friends who would help me soldier on with this walk of life. At the time, i was lonely, empty, almost seemingly bereft. Life had little to offer me during that period, aside from God’s comforting presence that came about every time i sat down to listen from His Word. The friends did not come as soon as i wanted them to come… No! They came at His own perfect timing. Talk of fruitful bible-study connections being established and honest relationships springing forth from them! If there’s a lesson I’ve come to learn this year, it is that, They that put their (absolute) trust in God, shall never be put to shame. Because He is Faithful to those who truly and sincerely seek Him.
He led me to finding a schoolmate of mine who sacrificially put in time to help me successfully complete my final year school project, and get favorable grades in my final semester as a bonus. How faithful is my Maker! What other friend can you get that matches His description? I have seen Him open doors for me that couldn’t possibly have been opened through any human intervention.
Before i sat for my final paper at the university, i got an invite to a job interview that i had applied for in passing, on acquiescing to the request of a friend to do the same. Fast forward to 3 months after presenting my project to a team of 3 panelists for marking, i landed my first job with one of the best audit firms in the globe; His own doing.
2 and a half months after landing this job, He did it again by ensuring that i graduated among the top performers in our class. I have seen Him answer prayers that i thought were silly, i have seen Him fight battles for me that seemed impossible to win, I have seen him bring lovely, warm, Christ-oriented friends in my life; such a great gift!
Isn’t it amazing that God sees the depths of our hearts and still loves us the same, irregardless of our sinful mannerisms? Choose Him today dear reader, Seek Him out earnestly and you’ll certainly find Him if you seek Him out with your whole heart. Spend time in His Word, Pray in all earnest, Find a Bible-based church and join as a member and plug in to a Bible Study.
I just turned 23, exactly 2 days ago… and i can tell you for sure that I am looking forward to establishing a deeper, meaningful, never-ending relationship with Him as the days go by. His banner over me is love. With Him, I know all things are possible 🙂 I can barely wait for the year 2017!!
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