I was sitting in church during a prayer session and the prayer point kicking against ‘’the spirit of death’’ came up. The intensity with which the congregation mouthed out the prayer points went up a hundred times more. People were screaming, rolling on the floor, moving objects out of the way and even making dramatic gestures like kicking the air and fighting imaginary “enemies”.
“I and my family will not die this year! Say after me!’’ The pastor shouts out. I just sat there wondering. Who then will die if everyone wants to live? It was just a random thought, but it brought me up to a few realisations. The reality is people will die every day, every week and every year. Loved ones, friends, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers of people will die. As harsh as it sounds, it’s the painful reality. Death is largely inevitable and we would all walk through that door.
So what now? 2017 is here and we all wish for a bed of roses and a beautiful, eventful, colour filled year. But life isn’t going to serve you bread and butter every other day. We can’t tell for sure what will happen tomorrow or the other days of the year, but we can trust God to take care of everything that concerns us. I found that resting in God’s will is the best way to live. This is because, we can be sure that every rain drop that struck the tip of your head was permitted by him and he indeed has control of every situation that concerns us. So in 2017, let God lead the way.
Another important thing to note is that family and friends worth being called family are our backbone. These relationships are priceless and can never be taken away from us. In spite of all the happenings around us, we know we have strong shoulders to rest on when we grow weary and need words of advice and encouragement. Also, don’t get me wrong. Surely, we will smile all through this year. And when all the great things happen (and surely they will), we will also have our families to celebrate those moments with us.
Going into 2017, we must keep moving forward. Obstacles can’t keep us from achieving great things and leading a life that is exemplary.
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