Sunday, 10 September 2017

Be Patient. Persevere. Pray more!

This was the topic that finally settled in my mind after four attempts to find a good title for this post.
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While taking brunch today, the thoughts of how I gained admission and how I fared a decade ago crossed my mind. I could say I was born with a silver spoon but I didn't eat with it.
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Gaining admission into the University of Lagos was a tug of war. I only made two subjects in my O'level results, English and Biology while the rest were a little below grade C. I made several attempts but the results weren't what I expected or that was required. I kept on writing several UME and SSCE exams until God finally granted me success. 
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My mates whom we finished from the same secondary school had gotten admission into the University. Some were in part one, three or were almost rounding off while I was still battling with admission at home. 
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Because I was usually called 'Pastor', someone suggested that I enroll in a Seminary college. God forbids! Even if God will call me, I should at least be learned and acquire a degree (This may not be the case for others). My mom and I strongly rejected the suggestion. 
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2005 was the year I will never forget, it was a year I had a turnaround academically. It was that same year that I was vexed in my spirit and I kept praying personally and persistently. Was I mocked in the process? Yes! After church prayers, I did personal vigils, fastings and prayers to the point that mom said take it easy son. But he who wears the shoe knows where it pinches the most. I did not listen but kept praying more.
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To the glory of God, I passed my exams, SSCE, UME, Post-UME and my name came out in the university's merit list, November 17th, 2006 without runs or knowing anyone. In fact, the professor my dad knew told me to retake my SSCE exam because I did not have a credit pass in further mathematics. I said no and changed my course. To me, what God did was a miracle but it may not be to some. 
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Fast forward... 
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Whilst in school, there were things I couldn't afford because back then my weekly stipend was a thousand naira which doesn't cover for handouts and other expenses. But God took control. How did I cope with N1,000 for seven days? Eat bread and beans for breakfast and swallow for dinner.
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There was a place in my school, SUB where you get quality but less satisfying food in terms of quantity for an expensive amount. Who born me well to eat there? Na quantity matter to me. In fact, when my colleagues were buying water in plastic bottles or some expensive meal, what I could afford is satchel water, popularly known as 'Pure water' or look at them while eating or rather not go with them.
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But today, all glory to God, we're in the same page. I can afford those things that looked impossible then and now with ease.
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Why am I writing this?
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There's some reading this who's experiencing delay academically, maritally, financially or some challenges in life. Don't be frustrated. Be patient. Be prayerful. Perseverance makes you win. Don't compare yourself with others. Our time zones in life differs. That others had gone there before you doesn't mean you won't get there. Be determined like Hannah or the Blind Bartimaeus who cried (prayed) so much the more for God to intervene in their situations and He did.
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Don't give up! Press on in prayers. Even if you fall, rise, try again! Surely, He will never let you down. Hold on to the fort! Your victory is right at the corner!
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I'll leave you with this song...
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"Keep on believing, God will answer prayers, keep on believing, never despair; though you'd be heavily laden and burdened down with care, remember God still loves you and He answers prayer"
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi 2017




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