It’s that chilly Saturday morning when a chat on our high school’s WhatsApp group changes the narrative of the day. Jack had passed on. He was the silent member who didn’t talk much, just as he was silent during the high school days. He had passed on Wednesday, earlier in the week, and nobody knew about it till Saturday when the chat came through. The most confusing part, at first, was that it was Jack’s number that was used to alert us of the demise. Yes, the morning was cold and chilly. I was online at the time, just before I could depart for work. It was the last thing that I could ever think of reading in the morning. My day just went flat. This is how things are happening when we least expect.
The daily unfolding of events right before our eyes; when you switch on the T.V, you’re served with very disturbing news of something happening in our society and around the globe. There’s no simple day around us. That notwithstanding, the demands of this life, I tell you, are difficult. With mouths to feed, bills to pay, deadlines to meet, the struggle to keep it real, is heavy. With all the displays social media has for us. It’s not that easy. Each of us has a burden to bear, not forgetting the status of the economy. The demands and the expectations are way above. Trying to figure out how it shall be and balancing it with what ought to be done is not a walk in the park. Recently, I had a phone call with a friend. The caller was telling me of how the pressure he once experienced, while he was working with a financial institution, almost drowned him; thank God it never went opposite for him.
We are faced with all kinds of challenges that overwhelm us. Some of will hide. Some will break down. Some give up and quit the race. Others opt to end this life and meet their Maker. Yes, we are overwhelmed! From the book of Psalms 61:2, it reminds us of this: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to rock that is higher than I.” The words from that verse have been a powerful prayer for me. I cannot figure out how to navigate life’s drama and crisis. They come as a flood. Before one is over, another comes in, and the cycle seems to continue; Fight after fight. It’s difficult. When the world is shaking and unsure, we have to stand firm grounded on the rock-that is Jesus Christ. He is higher than us. He is our strength and our refuge.
There are days when we feel it’s not working. Yes, we wake to that day and you feel, “no, this not the day I longed.” We all wish if such a day could have a skip button, we would all skip and go to another better day. However, I’m reminded of the verse in Psalm118:24, the bible says this, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Yes, this it’s the day that the Lord has made, even when it’s not making any sense. At the end, we shall come out victorious. One person said, the darkest night lived until tomorrow with will soon be over.
In such a moment, it’s best to wait upon the Lord, as He gives strength to the weary, and He increases strength to the weak. They shall run and shall not faint. It’s my hope and prayer, that all things will work together for the good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose (in Christ Jesus).