I was walking along Iwo road, trying to board a cab to Alakia to see one of my friends when I heard a familiar voice. My heart skipped a beat.


“That must be Tony! Jeez! He must be so angry with me!” I thought to myself before turning back.


Just as I thought, I turned back and saw the tall dark guy smiling so happily. He was obviously very excited to see me. I didn’t know whether to smile or laugh. I stared at him for a while and then something struck me. He had a well set dentition. I had never noticed it all the while I was an intern at Emerald Advertising Agency.


“Wow! Good to see you. You aren’t looking bad at all. I’m really sorry for what I did. I should have told you beforehand but I couldn’t just do it. I didn’t want to seem like an ingrate.” I said, facing the ground. He fixed his gaze at me for some seconds and then spoke up.


“We shouldn’t stand here to talk, you know? Please, let’s go in.” he said pointing at the Mr. Biggs outlet opposite the road. I was glad.


He told me about how he had searched everywhere but couldn’t find me. He blamed me for not informing him that I would leave the organization during the period he was on leave. He lamented that he brought me in through his connections and I disappointed him. I apologized and had no excuse to give.


Next, he asked about what I was doing at the moment and for a few seconds, I was at a loss for words. I didn’t see the question coming. It caught me off guard.


“Ermm, nothing yet. I’m just trying to apply to a few places. To be honest, it has not been easy trying to get a job in this country…”


“Did anyone ask you to leave our organisation? Why exactly did you leave?” He asked, looking deep into my face. He didn’t let me respond before he continued.


“You never told me anything even if you were having issues. I remember so well how you disclosed to me your interest in Advertising and I saw the place as an avenue for you to grow. We were in the same organisation and you had challenges and never deemed it fit to reach me. You left quietly when I went on leave to attend to other things and now you are miserable.”


I cast my mind back and for real, I hated myself for taking such a wrong step. I had learnt a lot while working at the agency and I had had the privilege of meeting with a lot of persons that taught me a whole lot that I was never taught in the classroom. I remembered the incident that led me to leaving the place.


Kemi Aiyeola, a classmate of mine in the university had stopped by at my office that day unannounced. I had told her I was working with an AD agency in Ikeja but never expected that she would even come around at all.


She and many other classmates had admired me several times thinking I was a staff earning about 200-250k but there I was as an intern, earning just 30k. Femi my colleague came into the interns’ office and told me I had a guest. I got to the reception and was surprised. She was also surprised to see me on a casual wear with my hair a bit unkempt.


She was so sorry for me and reminded me of the fact that I graduated as the best student in the department back in school. She told me she was earning 150k where she was working, while Tolu, Bimpe and some others where earning between 100-150k at their different places of work. I thanked her but became dejected afterwards.


“Really, what am I doing here? God, why have you decided to fail me and make me an object of scorn?”


I resigned the next week and the interns, staff and even my HR asked me if I was sure of what I was doing. They told me about how fast I was getting on and asked if I got a better job. I told them “Yes” and they wished me well. I got home and began to think endlessly. It’d been 2 years- No experience. No salary.


“Ibukun! Are you fine?” Tony’s voice brought me back to reality. I began sobbing. I had missed it. I forgot that everyone’s time zone was different. I forgot for a while that my future was bright, and I had to go through the making process before getting to the peak. I forgot it all.



Dearest, God has placed you where you are for a purpose. Looking at where your mates are, it seems like you are at a standstill. But really, is that the case? You are going through that particular phase of your life now so you can have stories to tell. Someone said, *”Try to move ahead of God’s timing…and you will find very quickly that everything will fall apart and completely unravel”*


Do not avoid the process. Do not ignore the place of God. Do not run past God. He has the best plan for you, all you need do is WAIT!


“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” (Prov 16:9)


“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5: 6-7)





  1. Damilola Atanda

    22/07/2019 at 4:00 PM

    I Love this, this just encouraged me to be patient with God

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:10 PM

      Wow. I’m glad you were blessed. Thanks for reading

  2. Olorunkoya Sarah

    22/07/2019 at 6:51 PM

    Hmmn…. Everyone’s time is different
    The making process is very important in fulfilling destiny so as not to have half baked success.

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:10 PM

      Bestie, well said. God bless you ma.

  3. Abidemi

    23/07/2019 at 2:18 PM

    Hmm… Firstly, i Thank God for who God has made you and how he is making you a vessel of honour unto Himself,
    The post is really encouraging especially “I forgot that everyone’s time zone was different” and how everyone must bear their yoke but Lam.3:27 advised that it is good to bear it at the time of our youth…
    God’ll keep blessing you with Knowledge,Understanding and Wisdom both spiritually and physically. Ma

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:11 PM

      Hmmm… I’m so glad you were blessed. Thanks for reading, sir. People like you make me want to write more!

  4. Oluwabukola Ojelade

    23/07/2019 at 5:29 PM

    Nice piece, this is timely and encouraging. ‘Everyone’s time zone is different’Thanks so much!

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:12 PM

      Very right. Thanks for reading😘

  5. Ijose oluwakemi

    23/07/2019 at 6:31 PM

    The hot process, we should not avoid!
    The place of God, we should not ignore!!
    Thank you ma’am.

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:12 PM

      True! Thanks a lot for reading, sis

  6. Deborah Olaoluwa O

    23/07/2019 at 6:44 PM

    I have learnt that waiting on God is best in this journey and I have decided to trust Him through the process. thanks dear

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:13 PM

      Yes, it is important that we do. Thanks for reading, sis.

  7. Imele Deborah

    23/07/2019 at 11:49 PM

    This is really priceless for me at a time like this.Tanx so much.Got d msg,there is need for patience.May d lord help us.

    1. Esther

      24/07/2019 at 1:14 PM

      Amen and Amen. Thanks so much for reading

  8. GreenTouch

    24/07/2019 at 6:43 PM

    Hmmmn, there’s a reward for both the patient and the impatient🤔

  9. aramide

    25/07/2019 at 2:57 PM

    This is my current situation now but thank God for the grace to continue. i almost quit my internship….

  10. Philip

    25/07/2019 at 3:34 PM

    its great to have this delightful reminder and encouragement that God has a peculiar plan and destination for me that requires the process of continuous reliance and trust in Him. Halleluyah!!!

  11. Elizabeth onyedikachi John

    02/08/2019 at 9:39 AM

    So inspiring, God bless you ma’am..


    04/08/2019 at 10:57 AM

    Thanks for encouraging me, though my mates may be better than me, I will go through the process as I wait on God patiently.


    08/08/2019 at 12:38 AM

    Thanks for this wonderful piece farmer!. God bless you more.

  14. Queen Joan

    08/08/2019 at 12:15 PM

    More Inspiration Sis, Thank you for the reminder, patience is always so painful but always gainful at the end.

    Love you sis.

  15. Sakadei Damaris

    16/12/2019 at 11:09 AM

    Thank you ma for the words
    Am encouraged

  16. Inioluwa

    17/02/2020 at 10:45 AM

    Thanks for this, it’s timely. it’s going to be alright, just a matter of time. Not forgotten but under process. Though not easy to endure, but His grace is always sufficient. Meanwhile, let’s Be mindful of company we keep during process period so our testimony don’t get spoilt.

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