“The Greater the obstacle the more Glory in overcoming it.” In a pin drop silence there I sit, reminiscing about childhood memories, how great were the days. Oh what a beautiful way to celebrate life…(cracks a smile) Looking back lead me to back tracing the circumstances and challenges that prepared me to be where I am today and the person I have become. There is nothing wrong in self-reflection; it’s a good way to find ways to a better you, a humbling moment it is.
Life is indeed a roller-coaster, there were times where I had broken moments, things got rough and though and left me wondering and asking many questions, what is my next move? Where do I run to? Will I make it? Who do I run to? Will I see change? Through these dark days I called onto God, I would look up and say “Semphete wena yoo rategang, Mmoloki waka, (Please don’t pass me by, my saviour) I need you, I have nowhere to go, you are my helper.” Well, eventually there was light at the end of the tunnel, but my first reaction would be “OH WHAT A COINNCIDENCE!” Now question is, was it a coincidence or God’s hand in my life? Many are times when we go through difficult times and our story surprisingly changes we think it was just a coincidence.
Getting a great connection with God made me realised there is no coincidence but it is the Lord’s work. A change in my situations was all God’s plan for me. The Lord declared, for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. Indeed God listened to my prayers and changed my story.
God is our only source of hope, Believe in Him, Trust in Him, Meditate on His Word. When God sees you suffer, he speaks, listen to him for directions. Blessings come from God, thank Him all the time for we know that those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called for his purpose. Look at God; it is All GOD, not a coincidence.
The year was 1994, I was in form 2 and ready to sit for my final JCE (Junior certificate examination). I was called into the office by my head master , who told me that I will never pass my exams, no matter what I do. I looked at him straight in the eyes and challenged him saying, “I will pass my exams”. Indeed at the end of the term, when the results came out , I passed my exams and progressed .
The scripture says, “Death and life is in the power of the tongue”. Words are so powerful , that when spoken and not refused , ones life can be distracted. The scripture in Isaiah 54:17 says that we should refute every word that speaks against our lives.
I encourage you today, to learn the art of refusing any negative word towards you. Fight these negative words with the word of God. 1 John 5:4 ” You are born of God and therefore you are an overcomer”. Don’t let anyone kill your destiny, future, family, ministry and so forth, with words that are negative.
Never met a father like you. It was in 2000 when I lost my real dad, a great man, who loved his family, and he would do anything to support his children. He was the pillar and the apotheosis of our lives.
On the 29th of September 2000, he breathed his last, it was a terrible day never to be forgotten. I was in Uganda when this happened and when the news of his passing reached me, it took me 5 days to get home in Malawi, by the time I arrived, he had already been buried and I missed the ceremony.
After his death, life was never the same, it was tough but God used this difficult situation to reveal his faithfulness to us. We learned to rely on him as our father (Psalm 68:5, Psalm 55:22)
He took care of us, protected, defended and provided for us. Today I want to introduce you to this father. Sin alienates us from him but his desire is for us to know him as our dad. He sent Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross so that through his death we can be reconciled back to him.
I encourage you to study the book of John and get to know more of this loving God.