Some days like today, I feel overwhelmed!
Challenges will always be part of life. Eventually, it is part of what makes us who we are.
On those days when you feel like throwing in the towel or like me, leaving your footwear behind and just tear race (translated from Nigeria’s pidgin English which simply means RUN), please don’t. Well, you can still have that run but do wear a good pair of trainers and come back to face your stuff head-on. The issue won’t go anywhere till you work it out.
Life can be like that sometimes. Just chuck it up as being “one of those days”. There is a saying that when life gives you lemons, make a lemonade. For those who life not only gives lemons but offers lime as well, I say make a sprite (which is a combination of majorly lemon and lime by the way) -analogy inspired by my work-buddy, Yoma 🙂
Anyway, I read an inspiring story today that I’d love to share. Apparently, it has been around for quite some time now and has even been used as a case study in stochastic theory! Nevertheless, I would give credit to Rev. Fr. AveMaria Erhariefe who shared this story used in the reflection of Adaeze Emilia Mbakwe.
So gather round now folks, form a big circle… and by all means, enjoy!
THE PREGNANT DEER
In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth.
She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river.
This seems a safe place.
Suddenly labour pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above & lightning starts a forest fire.
She looks to her left & sees a hunter with his bow extended pointing at her.
To her right, she spots a hungry lion approaching her.
What can the pregnant deer do?
She is in labour!
What will happen?
Will the deer survive?
Will she give birth to a fawn?
Will the fawn survive?
Or will everything be burnt by the forest fire?
Will she perish to the hunters’ arrow?
Will she die a horrible death at the hands of the hungry lion approaching her?
She is constrained by the fire on the one side & the flowing river on the other & boxed in by her natural predators.
What does she do?
She focuses on giving birth to a new life.
The sequence of events that follows are:
– Lightning strikes & blinds the hunter.
– He releases the arrow which zips past the deer & strikes the hungry lion.
– It starts to rain heavily, & the forest fire is slowly doused by the rain.
– The deer gives birth to a healthy fawn.
In our life too, there are moments of choice when we are confronted on αll sides with negative thoughts and possibilities.
Some thoughts are so powerful that they overcome us & overwhelm us.
Maybe we can learn from the deer.
The priority of the deer, in that given moment, was simply to give birth to a baby.
The rest was not in her hands & any action or reaction that changed her focus would have likely resulted in death or disaster.
Where is your focus?
Where is your faith and hope?
In the midst of any storm, do keep faith on the Creator always. He will never ever disappoint you. NEVER.
Remember, He neither slumbers nor sleeps…
Now if a typical Nigerian were to be in the position of the pregnant deer, this might happen…
Step 1: Sit down on the ground, with hands on their head and screeaaaammm all the while calling the name of the Lord. Chai, there is God o!!
Step 2: While still being hysterical, start wondering who they must have offended to warrant this dilemma. Ah! The enemies have all FAILED!!!
Step 3: As a sharp guy is concerned, try to form plans to run away from the scene somehow. Ghen…ghen, Odeshi in real life.
Step 4: If no plan as to embarking on step 3 comes to mind, try to get some grip and then start binding and casting all the elements-
- The hunter must fall down and die
- The lion has to flee from them as light has nothing to do with darkness
- Channel their inner “Sango’’, thunder and lightning must strike at once and the forest fire has to be quenched by an outpouring of rain from somewhere in the heavenlies
- The river must be parted again that day for them to walk through. Afterall, God performed this miracle for the Israelites thousands of years back and He says He doesn’t change abi?
In a situation like this, being calm is the last thing on anyone’s mind and that is usually the solution to it all. “Be still and know that I am God” says the word of God in Psalm 46:10. Although sometimes it looks like the load is more than the weight of the carrier, “You cannot be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”- 1 Corinthians 10:13
Yeah I know, what can I say? I preach too!
If you have read this story before, then please take this message as a note to self. If like me, you are just seeing this for the first time, I hope you were inspired. Always remember, it is all a phase and everything good will come. Firstly, conquer yourself through your thoughts, words and actions. Secondly, be determined (in Kanu Nwankwo’s voice) and calmly focus on what you want to achieve and do just that, one step at a time. Thirdly but most importantly, talk to God constantly and try to listen to hear Him talk to you. Finally, leave the rest, it is finished.
This much I know for sure, really works.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.
-2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Peace and love.