The Father’s timely encouragement… even on Facebook!

I’m in a really busy phase of life now. My days have been busy back-to-back. Block 1 Pathology and Pharmacology posting in Ibadan Medical School can be quite stressful. I have day long classes and practicals, I have to study my books, I have commitments in my school students’ fellowship – we’re prepping up for our annual village outreach, and I have other responsibilities here and there, meetings upon meetings. I have to write and do some graphic design and craft projects, I have to relate with friends and encourage each other and also keep up my pace in my walk with God.

Infact, the days of getting only about 4hrs of sleep or even less are becoming more frequent. It got to a climax point on Friday that I posted on my facebook wall “oh Lord, the heat is on… we shall overcome…” Sincerely, that “we shall overcome” part was just an adjunct to my post– I really didn’t know how I will pull through this – my body, soul and spirit were letting out cries of stress.

Then a friend commented on my post with the verse in Jeremiah 17:7-8

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”

He reminded me God said “WE SHALL NOT SEE WHEN THE HEAT COMES” I think IT DOES NOT MEAN HEAT WILL NOT COME, but it does mean that “WE SHALL NOT SEE IT” that is, according to God, my choked schedule doesn’t have to in any way reduce my productivity, should not cause me to breakdown health-wise, will not affect me detrimentally in any way… once I trust and hope in God – by allowing Him to fill my days with His peace from a consistent walk with Him, and allowing Him to direct my affairs in His wisdom, according to Psalm 32:8.

I feel so relieved, though I don’t see myself being less busy in some months to come, but because I know that He’s in with me. He doesn’t just stay at the end of the journey to applaud me if I make it, but he runs alongside me, giving me daily strength for daily needs.

Now, I can see clearly the importance of God’s word, when we read it… encouragement, wisdom, light, understanding and life. Oh I want more… And I thank God for my friend and colleague who allowed God to use him to give me that timely encouragement. Those were the words I needed to shift my focus back to Christ. GOD bless you.

Now, I also know that God permeates every part of our lives, looking for every way by which He can touch and reach out to us in our challenges, to help us – He’s our father, isn’t He? So He can give His children timely encouragement… even on facebook! The next time I logged on to the internet, I screamed on my Facebook wall and my twitter bar and I’m saying to you now that “I WILL NOT SEE THE HEAT WHEN IT COMES!”

And I sincerely believe that if you key into this promise, fulfilling the conditions (trust and hope in God), you will not see the heat when it comes.

Avoir un grand week-end,


Author: Toluwanimi

Toluwanimi believes young people can do great things with their lives. “Give them wings; watch them soar,” He always says. He is a physician by training and a budding behavioral scientist with a keen interest in child and adolescent health and development. Having worked with teenagers for over a decade, he loves to study and practice evidenced-based methods of inspiring positive behavioral change. His current project, GrandHeights, aims to provide resources and mentorship connections that inspire and empower young people to realize their life’s full potential despite negative circumstances around them. He plans to develop an establishment that will conduct research, develop effective strategies that will impart hope, empowerment, and refuge for youth and families in at-risk situations. He also believes creativity can be a transformative tool and through his start-up, Missionary Creatives, he helps nonprofits tell their stories and develop strategies to drive growth.

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