On 22nd March, 2017, when I was waiting to board a plane for Addis Ababa, en route to Nigeria, I was told that there was confusion on Westminster Bridge because of some killings by an eccentric man. This worsened the state of fear that had gripped me, as I was already afraid of kidnappers in Nigeria, and fearful that there might be no one to meet me, or some problems of which I was not yet aware.
Only God knew how my heart was racing. I said, “Satan, you’re a liar. Go behind me, for my Lord has never disappointed me, full stop.” I knew that God wanted to help me in my time of need and trouble. I had given God access to my life through faith and knew that he would hear me. My fears disappeared!
It was a long journey, but eventually we arrived safely. When my relation sighted me the joy I felt was unimaginable.
Here is a prayer I carry with me wherever I go. It strengthens me, so I would like to share it with you.
“My God, you are mightier than all the breakers pounding on the seashores of the world! O Jehovah, Commander of the heavenly armies, where is there any other mighty one like you? Faithfulness is your very character. You rule the oceans when their waves arise in fearful storm; you speak and they lie still.”
The Lord God says, “I set the shorelines of the world. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown.
In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water towards Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me Lord!” he shouted. Jesus reached out his hand and rescued him. Jesus asked, “Why did you doubt?” When I am terrified, I will not doubt, but will put my confidence in Jesus.
I travelled a lot during my stay in Nigeria. I went by bus from Enugu to Owerri. After we had travelled for about 30 minutes, the bus had an electrical fault and stopped working. We were stranded on a dangerous roadside in the scorching heat. It took a long time before a replacement vehicle was brought for the remainder of our journey. I was terrified while waiting. I called my brother and sister to send their vehicle for me. Thankfully, the transportation company arrived with the replacement vehicle. God had it all in control.
We can never predict what life has in store for us. When we travel we can experience unhealthy conditions, dangerous situations and great hardships. From what I have seen, the situation in the whole world is like this. Money fails us, people fail us, death looms everywhere. We have to be prepared for every eventuality. We have to remember to pray always.
May God give us all strength to battle on, knowing that what we believe controls how we act. May God grant us good health to continue serving him in this unpredictable life.
In Jesus Name. Amen.
(Child of God)