The waiting time…The journey and experience of life in never the same for everyone. Some work hard and achieve great results. Some put little or no effort yet they achieve a lot or at least something . Others, work so hard and endlessly doing all their best…yet, they achieve little or no result. The story and experience of life is never the same for everyone.
Hearing from other people’s stories, I understand that things don’t work the same for everyone. While some seem to have experienced some personal fulfilment in life, some others, find themselves struggling and fighting hard and to be seen and to achieve something good in life.
Some find themselves in the waiting time of a relationship… finding it hard to get the right life partner, some others are in the search of job, some are waiting for a life time opportunity that will change their lives, some other person somewhere living in a faraway country is feeling so lonely; waiting for that opportunity to see and embrace the members of his/her family. The waiting time is not an easy period because it comes with so much pains and tears. I’m sure most people would wants things to move smoothly for them … well, this if life and some will say … life sometimes is not fair.
Sometimes, you think your own story is the worst but not until hear another person’s story. Then you will know that yours is nothing to be compared to the many challenges people face every day in life . You might even find yourself saying but I never wished this for myself and I have done everything right; expecting only the best.
Here is a story Tinu ( not real name) once shared with me
“As I walked helplessly on the streets going to a job agency near me, I was praying silently in my heart. Praying to God to grant me favour and bless me with a job; even if it be a part time job or even the job of a street cleaner… I was just too ready to accept whatever job that would be given to me not minding the certificates in my hands. This was not my first time of going to the job agency as my face has been recognised by the staffs; some of them now know my name even without asking… for I have been there for over sixteen times. Yet, every visit ended up the same way… with them telling me to come back one more time.
I was just too ready to drop my University and other professional certificates with me and accept any job that will come my way in order to pay my bills and put food on my table to feed myself and my loved ones. For it has been over three years I last earned an income after I was displaced from my previous job.
You can imagine how I felt after about three hours of intense searching by the staff that was attending to me, I felt really bad when he said to me… sorry; can you please return to this place in one-week time?
The words hit me like a sledgehammer as uncontrollable tears started rolling down like a stream from my face. I just can’t help it but to cry beyond consolation right there. As I looked at him with my eyes full of tears, I couldn’t utter any word but left his presence crying … I thought today would have been different; for I was so full of hope this morning.
How long will this waiting time last? can someone please tell me. I am tired of waiting; I have cried day and night and “HOPE” is all I got left. Just hoping that one day, things will change and I will again get a better job. A job that will pay me high and help me to forget the waiting period. I just want a change in my life; oh God help me.
To cut the story short, Tinu ( not real name ) got really tired of searching for a job and out of frustration and anger, she put shame aside and started her own business right in her house. Where she will fry donuts, akara, plantain and potato and go from street to street to sell them. This she did for over a year until she got some money to rent a mini shop and continued with her frying business. In less than three years, she was so proud of herself.
No one like the period of waiting but be strong and encourage yourself. Daily trusting the Lord God Almighty for a change of story because when things changed, your story will be like that of:
Psalm 126 King James Version (KJV)
- When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
The Waiting time…written by Chichi
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