DISCLAIMER: ALL NAMES, ACTIVITIES, DATES AND EVENTS MENTIONED IN THIS STORY ARE VALID AND REAL. HOWBEIT,EVERY ACTOR IN THIS STORY IS DEEPLY LOVED AND RESPECTED BY ME;THEY HAVE PAID SIGNIFICANT PRICES IN MY LIFE(WHICH I CANNOT REPAY) REGARDLESS OF THE ROLES THEY PLAY IN THIS SACRED STORY.
It was the morning of 8th May 2014, which was a Thursday, I flipped open my worn-out Bible to study while laying on my bed with my succulent pillow positioned between my chest and the mattress. I was on the 12th chapter of Genesis and I was trapped in the first 3 verses for almost 3 hours on that lonely day. It was an experience of a lifetime. My heart slammed against my ribcage and I am certain the pillow felt the pulsation of my overwhelmed heart. I had a phenomenal encounter because Jesus did not walk into my room in bodily form neither did an angel take me for an excursion in hell and heaven.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
I often crave for such experience but that hasn’t been my lot. In fact, I am one of those Christians who never hear God speak to them in a husky voice. However, beyond reasonable doubt, I knew Genesis 12:1-3 was for me at that moment and I perceived it was time to wave home goodbye. So, I did everything I knew to be sure it was the real voice from my spirit not one of those lousy screams from the adventurous session of my mind. Few days later I was convinced about my decision to move even though I didn’t know how and where to move to.
I have been taught that the Bible gives answers to all questions, but it seemed I wasn’t getting the answers to the questions tormenting my weary soul. How do I leave home without drawing a battle line between me and my guardians? I have survived without a job and no money for 3 months but how do I survive without family support? It seemed to me like a suicide mission. I could handle being misunderstood but I wasn’t sure I could handle hunger and homelessness.
I went back to my Bible and I was disappointed when I saw Father Abraham’s ‘japa style.’ No family meeting was held, he did not consult friends or mentors. He just moved out. Who dash monkey banana? I dare not compare myself with Abraham who had enough cash to transport and feed his family. The #3420 I had left in my account won’t last me for a week outside that house. Unlike me, Abraham was a septuagenarian warrior who had slaves and resources to stay alive for a while.
On Sunday 11th of May, I walked into the church filled with both confusion and expectations. Pastor Biola made a statement that was enough to crumble my wall of fear. She said, “When God is leading, you don’t need any feasibility study.” She added, “Just do it!” That word brought balm to my overwhelmed heart, and peace to my soul that had been in fear. Just like that, 5 loaves and 2 fish seemed more than enough!
After service, just to be sure my sanity was intact, I put a call through to the three pillars of my life at that moment – they are assigned to me (My Nathans) and they still play their role till date. They are wiser, stronger and more sensitive than me.
The below Conversation ensued:
Me: I have decided to move out of my sister’s based on our last discussion and I am convinced now than ever.
Daniel: Trust me, it’s going to be hard, but I am sure you will walk through it and you will be fine. I know you and what you can handle. Tunji, you got this, and I won’t stop praying for you and if you need anything, let me know. I don’t have anything now but there is always a way (His voice laced with empathy).
Osiking: Tunji Doh, forget it, this is God 100%. I am happy self (this line didn’t go well with me though). The devil hardly tells you what is not logical. His ways are always attractive and makes sense. This is a process of growth and you will come out better. Trust me, it is not going to be as difficult as it seems now. The devil will want to paralyse you with fear but each step of obedience, makes the journey easier. You will need some cash right now, I have exhausted the little I have on the project I told you last month. Relax, God is with you, so step out! I won’t stop praying for you!
Owanate: Guy, I know you so well that you hear from God. We have been around each other too well to know how your prophetic works. Make I just tell you this: Na Leading win am (Being led by the spirit is the only way). If you no obey the leading of God at this point in life, you go regret am. I go dey pray for you and I go dey check on you and if there is a way to assist, just let me know. This phase for us won’t last forever.
As you can rightly imagine, these conversations got me drunk like a jar of old wine. I literally felt I could walk through a wall unscratched. I ran upstairs then announced that I have something to say and I would love to have a meeting with big sis and her husband later in the evening and they obliged.
I told them my vision and the roof didn’t fall. Daddy J smiled (while his wife gave a scary look) and said; “Tunji, you have been amazing, and this is a sign of growth. However, why not get a job first and be able to take care of yourself before leaving? Or is there anything or anyone pushing you? (a very ‘wawu’ kind of reply)”
I replied: “Nobody is pushing me; I am cool, but I felt led. I feel it is my time to leave.”
He concluded: “That is amazing. Thank God we are all Christians, we will pray about it and get back to you.”
I left the meeting a bit worried because it was smoother than I envisaged. However, I concluded it was the prayers of my friends. Of course, I know how anointed they are.