First let me begin by saying this. “Safaricom, we’ve had our ups and downs, the hate-love kind of relationship in which you’ve deeply hurt my pockets, but for the first time in forever, I’ve seen your value in my life, especially the ‘Okoa Jahazi’ service.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my chest, allow me to take you to Tuesday night.
It started out pretty good. Actually it was better than good. It was a great night. I had just found out that Standard Digital Media had published my last article, To My Future Son & Daughter, on UReport (Yeeei) and a few minutes later a close family member called with fantastic news about a presentation he’d be making before the who’s who in his organization. Talk about God making you dine with Kings. Two amazing testimonies in one night.
I spent the rest of that night waltzing around my room in expression of the joy. God is simply amazing.
Anywho, after an exotic meal of rice and cabbage(Ps; I’m not broke I just eat weird combinations at times hehe), I put some worship songs on and got into prayer mode. After a beautiful time with my dad, I switched off the lights and as I climbed into bed I felt an overwhelming urge to pray. Again! As much as I really wanted to sleep, I prayed. I specifically prayed for protection. I remember praying for myself and my family, pleading the blood of Christ around me and praying against spiritual attacks over my life. Which is surprising because I hardly pray such prayers. I find them quite spooky.
I finished praying, cuddled myself into a small ball and snored away. I don’t know how long I had slept but next thing I knew, I was wide awake. My body was ice cold, like someone had put me in a deep freezer and I was shaking frantically. Have you ever seen a drug addict who hasn’t taken their dose? That was how my body was reacting. I was shaking so much that I could hear the hinges in my metal bed squeak. On top of that my head was pounding like a church bell and it felt like someone had put a pile of stones on it. I thought these things only happen in Naija movies haha!
To make matters worse, I was alone in my hostel room. My roommate seems to have dumped school entirely and my best friend who stays over at times had gone back to her hostel which is quite far from where I live. I was all alone, shaking like a leaf on a windy day, freezing cold and weak.
To the wonderful parents reading this, please never give up reading the word of God to your kids. Even when we roll our eyes and pretend to be on the phone as you do it. In that moment, I remembered verses that my mom had been repeating over the years as I grew up. Many that I would not know at all if I didn’t hear them from her. I started reciting them out in a small weak voice. ‘God is my refuge and fortress, No weapon formed against me shall prosper, the Lord will put his angels charge over me, when the enemy attacks like a flood the Holy Spirit will set a standard against Him’. And the more I recited, the better I felt.
I remember at one point I felt as though my heart would stop. It was beating so fast and I started calling out the name of Jesus. I kept reciting verses and calling his name until I gained strength to stretch out and pick my phone.
That’s the point at which I appreciated Safaricom. I had no credit so I dialed *131* and dialed my mother’s number.
Guys, it’s important to have solid people in your life. People whom you can call at any hour of the day or night during your time of need. I had my best friend, big sister, mom and ‘brother in Christ’ (wink wink), on their knees praying for me. They contacted each other and called me one after the other and prayed on loudspeaker throughout the ordeal.
After what must have been an hour or two, I started calming down. The shaking disappeared slowly and I was able to stretch out myself. I couldn’t stretch or turn before. And then the most beautiful part, I felt like someone came and covered me with a warm blanket. My ice cold body became amazingly warm. It started from my feet and up to the rest of my body. I believe that was Jesus. The atmosphere in my room changed and I could feel the presence of God. I’m sure if He opened my eyes I’d see an army of angels with swords surrounding me.
God conquered the battle. The headache didn’t subside until morning but atleast I was okay.
Dear ones, that night I learnt that the enemy is so real. And he doesn’t like it when we attempt to disrupt his plans. This blog has been a blessing to me and to so many people. When I started it, I expected to get a like 5 to 10 views. It’s barely a month and adorned woman has over 6,000 views. Guys text me, some whom I’ve never met, and tell me how God speaks to them through my stories that even I didn’t even regard as highly. This blog has also brought a breath of fresh air in my life at a time when I was struggling with so much. God has given me a great platform to raise his banner and bring glory to His name. I know the enemy isn’t happy and he tried to attack me and instill fear in me. But little did he know that he would actually do the opposite.
And He will try to do so in your life too. It might be through disappointments, feeling of despair and defeat, discouragements or direct attacks. But whatever he tries, fear not. He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world 1 John 4:4. He says that when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you, and when you walk through the fire you will not be burnt, Isaiah 43:2. He says that He will command his angels concerning you, to guide you in all your ways Psalms 91:12 (NIV)
The devil may try to silence us. He may try to hinder us from reaching our destiny and fulfilling our purpose in life. But the more He does, the stronger we become.
And this voice, this voice that God has given me, I’ll keep shouting it for the world to hear. I’ll shout through the rooftops. I will shout to the mountains and the valleys. I will shout until I have nothing more left in me. I’ll keep writing. I’ll keep lifting up the banner of God. And God will continue to be my stamp and signature in everything. All for the glory and honor of His name.