THE WILL OF GOD
Ajayi Taiwo Odion
I sat at the edge of my bed trying to ruminate over the words of my mother, I found it difficult to get over those words. Earlier, my mother had called to inform me of the university they(my parents) wanted me to go to.
According to her, they had prayed about it and were instructed by God to pick Bowen University but I didn’t want Bowen, I had always fantasized of the University of Lagos and didn’t want my parents to come in between me and my plans.
We were arguing about it when my mother shouted at me it! “If you want your will to prevail over God’s, so be it! But be ready to face the consequences”.
Back on my bed, I was really restless and decided to pray. No sooner had I knelt down that I drifted into a trance- I was in a supermarket with my mum shopping when I saw a beautiful ceramic cup, without thinking twice I picked it and dropped it in the basket, my mum objected but I decided to get it anyway. Two days later, while drinking tea with the cup, it broke.
At that point, I jolted back to reality and started crying, I then decided that I was going to pick Bowen University.
The day for the registration came and as I was about to fill in the form, Tunmise, my best friend called and said; “Hey, how far now, I have done my registration oo. In fact I already told that my uncle in UNILAG that we are coming and that he will help us with the registration processes. He even said he knows those in charge of the hostel and he would make sure we get the same room as we planned”.
My heart sank, I knew I was in a huge dilemma.
Thoughts like ‘what will I do?’
‘should I pick Bowen or UNILAG?’ crossed my mind.
“Young lady, someone else needs to use that system, I don’t know why you are wasting time. If you don’t want to write JAMB this year, why don’t you come back next year” The café attendant shouted.
Hurriedly, I chose UNILAG, “after all Tunmise will be there for me”; I thought to myself.
I got home to receive insults from my parents, in fact my parents said they were going to get a change of course form for me immediately it was out. However, they didn’t remember until the registration had closed.
I was happy and jubilating that I would be resuming at the prestigious university of Lagos. My parents gave me several advice on how to be a good girl in school and make them proud.
I resumed the next day and had a very good room with my best friend as her uncle promised. Things were going on smoothly until one fateful day when my lecturer’s missing phone was found in my bag. How it got there, I didn’t know. I had to face the disciplinary committee and was expelled from the school. I was back to square one.
My mum reminded me of her words then “If you want your will to prevail over God’s, so be it but be ready to face the consequences. Those words haunted me for weeks, I wasn’t myself for months, then I remembered the place of prayer, I cried to God and fell into a trance again. In the trance, my mum came to me and picked up the broken cup, she threw it in the garbage and gave me another cup. I woke up and started crying again, just then my mum came in and started crying with me and all she could mutter was “Vicky, you will go to Bowen, okay?” “Yes mummy! I will” I screamed.
The will of God is most times not what we want. Isaiah 55:9 (KJV) says that “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. So, we must learn to say yes God’s will at every point of our lives.
1John5:3 (TLB)- “Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn’t hard at all.”
If you love God, then you have to obey him.
Do just as he says.
Obey him fully.
Don’t let what you want prevail over what God wants.
He knows the end even before the beginning, so he has seen the danger you are yet to experienced.
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