The past months have been increasingly demanding for most with the pandemic bringing about various unexpected changes. Asides from the obvious static academic calendar, there were silent personal battles each of us fought. However, whatever they were, you reading this means you weathered the storm and stayed strong on your knees. Thank you, dear reader, for fighting.
Gradually, the norm as we once knew it is re-emerging. As we forge ahead armed, let’s take along two fundamental insights these past months revealed.
First; it a given that our faith as Christians will be stretched in our journey through life and at such times when we feel we are not heard, it is usually because too much confidence is placed in what we feel and too little in the promises of God- I the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘fear not, I will help you’ (Isaiah 41:13). So, let’s endeavor to drive our roots deeper into Him so we might remain steadfast when the winds blow.
Secondly, we need ‘real’ people in our lives, just like Moses had Jethro and David had Jonathan. Family, mentors and friends with whom we can be vulnerable when we are down and through whom the Lord can speak life to us- our support system. Let us deliberately nurture and invest in these relationships. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing (1 Thess. 5:11).
So, with the assurance that ‘the One who called us is completely dependable and if He has said it, He’ll do it’ let us march forward into God’s promises especially regarding our academics. We shall yet study again.
Dr. Olafimihan Ayodeji