Good morning awesome people!
On my former blog, I posted “Let me tell you about my mum” in which I shared about my relationship with my mother and some interesting stories to back it up. I’d probably share it here soon; just in case you haven’t read it.
In that post, I wrote how I called my mum after I didn’t find my name on ‘Obafemi Awolowo University’ (OAU) final list. My mum and I ended up crying on the phone together. It was a depressing period for me. Out of all the boarder girls in my set, I was the only one still home at that point. I also gained more than 10kg during my time at home and cried basically every day. “He’s able” was always on repeat.
Funny thing was that I had already done one year in ‘Ajayi Crowther’. I’m sure I looked quite stupid to people, but I’m happy everything that happened during that time did. I wasn’t even enjoying the course. However, all these flew out the window as I got fat and stayed home.
You guys, I wrote ‘Joint Admission Matriculation Board’ (JAMB) exams THREE times! If you’ve written it, then you know how frustrating that exam can be. And I never failed once! It pains me that students try their bests, read hard and still don’t gain University admission in this country. I mean, I saw people’s names on the list that got far less than me and I was still told “You came late!”
I’m glad I did.
I went all the way from Lagos to Abuja to write my last JAMB because I registered so late. I didn’t know I’d write the exam again, but when it dawned on me that I had another year to stay home, JAMB forms were almost sold out. Abuja was the closest centre to Lagos I could find. When I saw 256 as my result, it was like I was dreaming. Everyone was elated, but this time we didn’t put all our eggs in one basket. We processed Ghana admission too!
Now that I think of it, I remember that in my Junior Secondary School days, I used to say I was going to school in Ghana because I had a school mother who schooled there; but I didn’t know that God took me serious. Anyways, I landed in Ghana.
Therefore, because of the narration above, I wouldn’t be in the graduating class of 2015.
OH, am I grateful for those unanswered prayers! I wouldn’t have been doing the course I really love, wouldn’t have met some of the most amazing people; and wouldn’t have met me. Through the process, I’m discovering who I am in Christ and what He’s called me to this world for. I’m so thankful God! I’m thankful that You didn’t answer me then; because you had something way better in mind.
Though, I’d be among the class of 2017 (by God’s grace); I’m so glad that the extra years in the eyes of the world are going to be awesome because I’d be growing in Christ and discovering myself!
Let me end with this story – “For the Kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About the third hour, he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, “You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right. So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.” “The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour’, they said, “and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.” “But he answered one of them, friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous? “ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
You’d find this story above in Matthew 20: 1-16. It taught me that with God, it’s not about speed but how well we grow in the process!
Don’t despair and keep on keeping on. Even if the world sees you as last, God will compensate you.
I encourage you today to be grateful even for unanswered prayers. God always has something much better in mind.
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