HAPPY BIRTHDAY SYLVA

This is the first part of your birthday gift my dearest friend of life. We have been friends for 7 years and I bless God for sending you into my life.
Sylva Elendu, the one person who spoilt me with chocolates and books; the guy who gifted me with my first Chimamanda Adichie’s book ‘Americanah’ and by the way I have all her books and I have read them; she is one talented writer that I look up to. You are one person that knows how to give the best gifts that I can look at in years and always remember with a smile on my pretty face. Therefore, just in case you are wondering, books are the way to my heart and the best investment you can make.
At times, I wondered during our school years if He used to get angry because I know that I can be very annoying but believe me when I say I am a sweet mummy’s girl but he was very patient with me. You were and are always there for me; there to hold my hands when I was sick, listen when I wanted to rant; someone to encourage me when I needed it the most, someone to run my ideas past and who believed in me all the time even when I scarcely believed in myself. You gave me the courage to move ahead in life. Thanks for believing in me.
I cannot thank God enough for bringing you into my life. You have showered me with love and care beyond description and I know that you will always have my back and you know that I got your back every single time.
You are my ‘always and forever’ because ours is a friendship that will always last forever. Our friendship is like chocolate, I could not do without it (sorry for the analogy but you understand I love chocolate so much.) At times I wonder what I would have done without you in school and life generally {probably found someone else to take your place, just kidding.} You were the calm and I was the fire. You were always the voice of reason and you always knew how to get me to calm down.
I know you are one strong person and I know that you have been through a whole lot that I cannot even begin to wrap my head around but I know that the journey ahead would be tougher but I know that you are stronger than most (even though you do not look it) and you will survive and come out a victor.
My ‘always and forever’ has the voice of an angel. Most times, I just call so I can have a taste of what heaven must be like. He also writes so you can see why he is my dearest friend of life. You are one principled person I know but at times, I wish you can be assertive and not let me get away with a lot of things. Lest I forget my sweetheart is a bible scholar; he is the one person I always run to whenever I need to remember a verse in the bible.
In you, I have my sparring partner. I love sparring with you because it is not every time you get to meet someone who is on the same level as you are. My ‘always and forever’ is one of the simplest persons I know and he has a lot of dreams and aspirations and I pray that you achieve every one of them. If I loved reading before, you made develop a deeper love for reading. One of the most treasured gift anyone has given me was given by my dearest friend of life.

So as you mark your birthday today, I commend you into God’s hands.
Some trust in their war chariots and others in their horses but we trust in the power of the Lord our God. Such people will stumble and fall, but we will rise and stand firm.
Psalms 20: 7-8
Your work will provide for your needs, you will be happy and prosperous.
Psalms 128:2
Lord, I know you will never stop being merciful to me. Your love and loyalty will always keep me safe.
Psalms 40:11
Then we will shout for joy over your Victory and celebrate your triumph by praising our God. May the Lord answer all your requests.
Psalms 20:5
As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him.
Psalms 103:11

May the blessings of Psalms 20, 91, 121, and 128 be yours forever. You are a blessing to your generation never forget that. May you soar far above the eagles’ height and be all that God has destined you to be. You have everything that you need to succeed. God’s spirit is active inside you and you are a mobile carrier of God’s power.
Happy birthday dearest friend of life.
I love you but as we, all know God loves you the most.
We will have a party when we see.
God bless you abundantly.

Say no to insurgency and yes to a peaceful Nigeria.Happy_Birthday_03

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GOD IS UNREASONABLE

It has been a long time. I know. You deserve to be angry but take it easy. I am out of the Bush so i can start dishing out wonderful articles. Enough said, Jump In!

I can literally hear the wheels turning in your heads already. So before someone thinks of turning fanatical and shooting me with for speaking “heresy,” why don’t you relax, grab a glass of wine as usual and join me on this ride.

The word ‘unreasonable’ according to the Longman Dictionary of contemporary English (which one is contemporary English again) means ‘not fair, sensible, or showing good judgment.’ Somewhere in the bible, it says that God is a just God meaning He is fair in all His doings. (I can interchange fairness and justice abi.) Now that is a contradiction, how can a just and fair God be unreasonable?
Let us take a closer look at Matthew 20 vs. 1-15 where it talks about the landowner and his workers and how he pays them all the same wages even those who worked for just one hour and those who had worked the whole day. Definitely, in my opinion; the landowner was being unreasonable, unfair, and exercised bad judgment. He should have paid the earlier workers a higher wage (even if it is just an extra denarius or two) and trust the laborers (especially if they are Nigerians) to complain about his unreasonable actions and begrudge him is generosity (I am sure I would have done the same if I were in the same situation).
Now there are two characters in the story above; the Landowner who is God and the laborers (and your guess is as good as mine is) who represent “US.”
God is totally unreasonable when it comes to His love and compassion for us, for the poor, needy and the disadvantaged in the society. What do you call a person who can raise a person up and bring down that same person in a twinkle of an eye without a cause? What do you call someone who blesses as He pleases without regards to social status or standing? What would you call someone who would willingly give up thousands of people and nations just to save one person? You might think why not give up ‘the one’ to save the multitude but we serve a God who says in Isaiah 43 vs. 4: ‘I will give up whole nations to save your life, because you are precious and because I love you and give you honor’
His love for us is so indescribable; it defies reasoning. He proves yet and again that He is God supreme over all the earth. His ways are not our ways; His reasoning far above ours.
We are like the laborers; we often wish we could dictate to God and make Him obey us. We think (even though not aloud) that God is often unreasonable and unfair. We try and rationalize God’s actions. We ask why that ‘wicked’ man or woman should continue to prosper. Why is it that that poor woman who was a virgin before marriage, prays and spend all her time in the church still barren while all those women who committed abortions are happily married with kids. Why is it that all my friends are getting good jobs, marrying, and maintaining their family and my own case is different filled with stagnation? Why is it that not all my prayers are being answered and I am sure I am righteous (we do love to delude ourselves) and that obvious sinner’s prayers is being heard? Why did this ‘good’ person die and not that other ‘evil’ person who has killed so many people already?
Why this and why that?

We forget in Isaiah 53:12 that Christ willingly gave his life and shared the fate of evil men. He took the place of many sinners and prayed that they might be forgiven. God was unreasonable due to His love for us. He was generous to a fault. We forget that in Matthew 5:45; God makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. To human reasoning, that is not acceptable. Ahn ahn, those who do evil should be punished while the good should be rewarded.
God chooses whom to bless and whom to curse. Yes, our God is unreasonable but still He is the God of justice. It is not in our place to question on why and how He chooses to bless his people. Whatever He does is for His own sake. I will show mercy on whom I will show mercy on is what His word says and you might think that statement isn’t fair or that God is being partial but trust that God has His ways, His plans and in good time things would work out well for our own good.
For in Jeremiah 29: 11, He says: “I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for. Then you will call me. You will come and pray to me, and I will answer you.” Therefore, there is absolutely no need for us to begrudge God his generosity or blessings to others or to think that because things are not going the way we want them to go or because some other ‘sinners’ are being blessed richly than us that God isn’t fair or He is being partial. Some people call God the ‘God of the eleventh hour’ and I am certain that we worship a God that works wonders and even in our time He still works miracles even in the eleventh hour, the same way the landowner called the laborers to the field at the eleventh hour when they had lost all hope.
When it comes to the time for God to bless you, you can be rest assured that He will be unreasonable about it and bless you beyond measure and boundaries.

Say no to insurgency and yes to a peaceful Nigeria.