Saturday 9 October 2021



I was thinking this morning.... as we commenced the departmental meeting last Wednesday, a colleague stepped up to give the Safety Moment. He narrated how the rain of Tuesday 21st September in Port-Harcourt had brought devastation his way. His home in one of top estates in the city had been completely flooded with water levels above his knees. His properties including his cars were badly damaged. As he narrated, I recalled that he lives on the same close with another colleague of ours. When I called this other colleague later to find out if he was affected, he said 'Thank God o! The water flooded every  house on the left of the close and some on the right but not mine.'

I was thinking, the two colleagues of mine were both transferred at the same time, both did their due diligence in searching out a safe and comfortable accommodation in the same estate and same close. Both are Christians and had prayed before settling in, yet when misfortune came, it hit one and spared the other. What made one deserving of misfortune and not the other?

As I pondered, I recalled a young friend of mine seeking to start his career as an engineer. He had opportunities from two promising organisations at a time and needed to make an informed choice. He went with the one that sent him abroad and ignore the other. Five years later, there was problem in the organisation he chose and he was sacked. Those that chose the other organisation are having the time of their lives. How could he have discerned the path to misfortune and avoided it?

We all at some point will find ourselves at a fork in the road of life and have to decide what path to take. How can one tell the path to misfortune so it can be avoided? While some will consult a prophet, the non-believer will want to look into the crystal ball. For many others, it is a Catch-22 situation, unable to choose which way to go. What I know is that no one will deliberately choose the path to misfortune.

To those on this path, it's not all bad news. Yes, we find it difficult to endure misfortunes that come our way. However, if you are able to stand firm and manage very well such misfortunes, they will surely become blessings in the end. With endurance and fortitude, no matter how frightening the misfortune may be, one can overcome it; turning it into a blessing in the end.

Whenever you find yourself at the fork in the road of life, remember Proverbs 3:5-6 that says 'Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.'

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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