2016 was a year of many lessons.
The first lesson I learnt was that God doesn’t work in human years but in seasons. So years may pass and it seems like one is still on the same spot and not much has changed but it just means one is in the same season and there’s a lesson that hasn’t been learnt, and in the same year, one can have many seasons rolled up. Whatever the case, enjoy every season.
I learnt to grow up and be a responsible adult. I have been in Lagos for slightly over a year, and it has been a roller-coaster. Thankfully, I have never gotten lost. Some days, I just want to stop while walking on a pedestrian bridge and take a photograph; just to capture the moment. I am acclimatizing well. Lagos, like my friend says, has a pulse; waking up before dawn and spending over twelve hours outside the house isn’t an easy feat but I am learning.
I learnt about family in a church. Because a church resonates well with your spirit doesn’t mean it’s your home or your family. God puts us in families, both physical and spiritual, and it may not look as glamorous as you would like, but the training He needs you to go through can only be found in that family. Restoration Bible Church is my family.
I completed housemanship this year. It was an amazing time of training. I got skills, I got to work with the good, the bad and ugly but all in all, I left with a great reputation. I miss the people at GH everyday.
I learnt that the reward for being hardworking is more work.
I learnt that money is volatile. Having lots of it stashed up somewhere isn’t the wisest thing. What’s important is having your needs met and your bills paid, and having investments that are yielding proper dividends. Most importantly, I learnt to give without holding back – whether it id in an offering basket, or to someone in need – just follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. If He put it in your pocket, there’s a need He wants you to meet.
I learnt not to run ahead of God, but to walk with Him, even when I feel like He is being slow or the path ahead is foggy. And never to let pressure from outside overwhelm me and stop me from hearing what He is saying. He has a plan. Nothing, no matter how big, nothing catches Him by surprise.
I learnt not to dwell on regrets and “what if”-s. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
I got a new job almost immediately after my housemanship. It’s been a new experience so far. It’s a testimony that I got this job because I didn’t even look for it. Referrals got me this job and I am very grateful.
I learnt that I can do all things – everything I set my heart to do, I can do. So late this year, I warmed up my cold feet and went to Balogun market to start an Ankara business. Right now, I have sold over thirty pieces in three weeks and I am currently out of stock. The business runs itself now with the profit I am making off it. It’s amazing.
Olumi is always the flavor in my cup of tea. Long distance relationship is work, all relationships are work, but LDRs are extra work. But Olumi made it easy. We struggled a bit this year- fewer dates, fewer gifts because we are both saving towards marriage, BUT our introduction was LIT! I am so happy about how successful it was. I know August is going to be exceedingly, abundantly, more than we could ever ask, think or dare to imagine.
I got to appreciate my mum and my aunts more this year. I wonder what life would be without them. From accommodation, to feeding, to getting a job, and more – they are my angels.
I learnt a lot about friendships this year. Relationships are overrated, know who your true friends are and cherish those relationships. Some people would fly across continents just to give you a hug, while some won’t even cross the street to save your life. Be wise.
2016 was many seasons in one, but most importantly, it was a season of preparation for what’s to come. I have built capacity and strength. I am wiser and more daring.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine.
– HILLSONG (Oceans).