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Be Hopeful by George Smiley
Is Life’s situation frustrating for you? How can you describe the recent happenings around you and the world? You are not sure of how today is going to end. What of tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow? None among your listed goals have been achieved. You have already given up on your existence on earth. But wait a moment. Have you ever asked yourself this question: why were you created? Why are you still living to this very moment? Have you given a thought about it?
I would like to tell you of a memorable event that happened recently when I went to visit my nephew. It was on a Wednesday morning. I had just cleaned the living room and the environs. There is a refuse dump adjacent to my nephew's building. I decided to put the dirt inside for the refuse collector to come and pick it away. Guess what? At once, as I opened the entrance gate to the house; birds, chickens, hens, goats and even lizards, all from nowhere, were heading for the refuse dump. I was surprised. Day 2, the same incident happened. It continued like that for about a week. Then one morning, at the usual time, I came out, this time I had nothing on my hands. But these creatures never stopped surprising me. As they rushed, I stood watching. They also stood expecting something in return. We all watched ourselves for a couple of minutes. They refused to go. Why? I don’t know. Why were they waiting? As I walked back to the gate and turned, these animals were following me. Oh! And I felt for them, so I hurried and brought the garbage to them.
Why this story you may want to ask? Many of us are caught in the web of hopelessness. Many have concluded within themselves that life is not worth living. Some have decided to commit suicide. Like my nephew wanted to do years back. Your purpose on earth must manifest. Yes it must. When? Habakkuk 2:2 - 3 — the Lord gave me these answers: write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed. The reason that you are alive reading this article signifies the manifestation of God's divine intervention. Not getting that, which you desire at the appropriate time, does not mean that you wouldn't get it. All that is needed is BE HOPEFUL. The snail may be a sluggish animal but does it not get to its destination? If the snail could get to its destination, so you can! God has not forgotten you and will never forget you. Like the Israelites in the land of Egypt, BE HOPEFUL. Like Daniel in the lions’ den BE HOPEFUL. Like Sarah, BE HOPEFUL. Like the dry bones in the valley. Ezekiel 37:1-14 BE HOPEFUL.
Right now, I don't know what your situation is. May be you are an applicant or you have just been fired from your job. May be you are going bankrupt or your insurance bill is due for payment, you just name it. If I did not mention your situation, I did not forget you. All I wanted you to know is this: BE HOPEFUL. Hebrew 13:8 — Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Isaiah 55:10-11 — My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth ... it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do. Jeremiah 29:11 — I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hoped for.
I want to crown it up with this inspiring poem titled – HOPE AGAIN by Yvonne-Ken Nkekere Ebbi.
Staleness, dryness, stress 'n' tension
Hot tears that stream from fear and depression
Shattered dreams ... Hopes yet unknown
Hearts that are hurting, hearts that are torn
Waiting, searching for ways to amend
A high expectation that hope will descend...
Be still my friend, your hopes are not in vain
Just look up and hope, God will do it again.
Questions burning within: Shall He? Can He?
Is he faithful enough to keep true His word?
Does He know...does He really understand?
Am I a part of His Divine plan?
Then faith speaks softly:
'Fear not...the Master's here for you
Be highly expectant, there's nothing He can't do
Give Him your burden, your fear and care
Hold your peace, just trust and obey...'
Nurse and nurture a certain desire
Get rid of doubts and fear from the liar
God — you know, does not work in Isolation.
He needs your faith to give you a solution
God's here today to meet your needs
He'll change your language 'n' change your creed
Loosen your passion on the altar of grace
Rejoice exuberantly, you're in the right place.