I shared a Testimony almost a year ago about my “big move”. Yep it’s been a year and I was reminded of how much favor God poured out to me today after I left my advisor’s office to finalize my graduation plans. Yep yep! Baby girl is graduating next year. If you read my testimony last year, you’ll understand how much of a big deal that is.
For those that didn’t read it, I’ll do a quick flash back ( or just click Here to read). I transferred from a Nigeria University last year to one in the U.S and I had ALOT of odds against me. I literally had to live out Romans 8:31 because honestly, God was the only one for me. It was a risky step because the possibility of my credits not being accepted were very high. I was already three years into my degree in Nigeria and coming here might mean I have to start over. That was just one of the things on the long list of odds. See, the God I serve does not work with protocols; there’s no such thing as a natural cause of things when the Holy Spirit is involved.
Hmmn, let me just let you in on a secret, PRAY. Do not ever underestimate the power of a praying tongue, talk to God about EVERYTHING. You are NEVER too young to PRAY!
So a lot of my credits were accepted but I still had problems with a couple of them. I was advised to take an exam that’ll cover the remaining credits so I can still graduate as planned. It was an English exam and if you’ve taken SATs and co you’ll understand what it means to have to write such,especially at this stage in my academics. I took the exam half-spirited. Lol. In honesty, I was prepared to take it a second time just in case it didn’t work out. I passed though!
I went to see my advisor today and she said: “Moyo you have everything working out perfectly for you, you’ve gotten all your credits and you’re on the right track; lucky you!”. In my mind I was like, me? Lucky? Lol. If you know who goes before me to level the mountains, blessed would be the word.
Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t been the smoothest year since I got here. In fact, it has been one of the toughest years in my life. But never for once did I let Phillipians 1:6 slip away from the palm of my hands
I have had to battle with my faith in the midst of storms; it got to a point where I had to recite bible verses while walking on the road just to keep my heart from beating so fast. But You see, when I wrote the post Do not calm the storm I meant every word of it. I began to realize that with every storm, my faith gained an extra point. I grew. I can confidently say I am not the same person I was last year and if God had left me to happily sit in my comfort zone, I wouldn’t be able to say that right now. So for that, I’m grateful . And for the times I couldn’t pray for myself, I’m grateful for the awesome friends that never stopped praying for me.
So does this mean I get a Yes from God everytime I ask for something? Lol. I wish.
In this past year I have learnt and even still learning that prayer is a mode of communication between me and God not a request session. Sometimes I even talk to Him like he’s physically there. You know, chilling with the Holy Spirit kinda thing. lol
Another thing I learnt is that God’s will prevails in every situation. So when I get a yes from God about something then I know it’s because my plans align with his will not because I know how to pray better than the rest of the world. And when I get a no, it doesn’t match his will; simply put. It’s however difficult,sometimes to take a no for an answer because we want to believe our plans are better. I find myself having these larger than life plans and God is like Nope, I have a better one.
Why then do I still ask if He already has a plan?
I’m asking with the hope that his will may be revealed to me and align my thoughts with it. And even when I’m not so comfortable with His will at that point, I ask for the grace to be at peace with it.
We pray because communication is one of the best ways to keep a relationship alive not because we have the ability to bend God’s will.
I know it is really hard to stay in the back seat and have God be the driver, but really, that’s all you gotta do.
God has been faithful to me ,not because of what I’ve done but because of who he is. Talk to him, even in the storms, He listens. He’ll give you the strength to get through it and reveal Himself to you in ways you can’t imagine.
Grace and peace !