My Mama said a few weeks ago when I deigned to complain about how much rain had been falling lately – wet season and all – she said to me; “Rain is liquid sunshine”.
Beautiful words. I have held on to that since…and I’m never letting go.
Mind my manners. I just felt like if I hadn’t typed that first, this post would be all wrong. SO! Pleasantries next…
It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? And yes, I missed you like…! (say what?!)
Anywho, I’ll save us the stress of explaining just how much I missed y’all and jump right in. I apologise that it took me getting robbed in broad daylight to come drop a post here. But hey, every experience; a lesson learnt, right? And I absolutely have to share this with you, just because it was my moment of epiphany…I won’t outright tell you what the lesson is in this one, so, I’m hoping you’ll catch it.
*rushes into the closet and returns, fully garbed in ‘storytelling’ tunic*
Yes, Shubby got robbed.
I know right, tragic stuff. Alright, I’ll just take a few questions real quick before I proceed:
Yes, I’m fine, thanks for asking…no broken nails, my eyebrows didn’t even suffer a single smudge.
What got stolen? Nothing so precious it can’t be recovered over time…mostly. The poor dude will never steal from another lady again after he discovers how many lip glosses and pens I carry around.
No, it wasn’t robbery at gunpoint (same difference); his only weapon was his quick hands…
Yes, I do feel quite traumatized and shaken up…
Yes, in hindsight, I regret not putting my Taekwondo skills to use on the pilfering fellow…
Yes, drama queen that I am, I got a bit dramatic as soon as I realised that I’d just been relieved of my purse in the middle of Ikeja with not a single dime on my person (heck, I even shed a few tears…not ‘weakling’ tears, mind you; they were ‘stunned’ tears).
Anywho, my golden friends came to my rescue after I placed a call and they were able to make me laugh, put aside my worries…and they helped me see the bright side in all the mess. I mean, when I was able to channel my positivity after a while, I realised that it wasn’t traumatizing at all. The guy could have knifed me while getting away or done other stuff, but Hallelujah, he didn’t.
So yes, again! I’ve got my sunny glasses on. I can’t see gloom through these lenses. All I see is brightness! GOD’s love!
And it’s funny ’cause I slept that night feeling like the most loved gal in the whole universe. Like, how could GOD love me so much?
You probably won’t be able to relate, but recently, I’ve been stuck in a place in my life where I have had to chant the mantra ‘Life is in phases, this too shall pass’ too often. I just felt like too many things were not making sense, and I was constantly forcing myself to see the better side of life. I was forcing my positivity and GOD didn’t want that for me.
No, GOD didn’t send that thief, but HE did help me in that situation. I’m sorry if I’m rambling but, following that episode, I felt big warm arms wrap me in a tight hug. The sort that your dad might give you I guess; except, this Dad has never disappointed me in any way. Even when it looks like a letdown, I get an epiphany and I see how GOD was actually working all those bad events into HIS perfect plan for my life. HE helps me highlight the message in every mess! Heck, HE loves me more than I love myself.
Naturally, I had questions; “Why me, Lord? I pay my tithes…yada yada yada… I’m not so thrilled with you right now, GOD…*trash* *crap*”.
Then I realised about two things at once; Life will appear to you as you view it. That’s why one sees rain while another sees the prelude to the sunshine. Also, I realised that; Ultimately, everything in life – and life itself – is temporary. Those things that mattered so much to me at the time won’t hold a single meaning to me by the end of this year. True. So why waste valuable time bemoaning the loss of my property when they are only material stuff? Not inferring I want a repeat of that episode though…but…
When I started channeling my positivity like that, my spirit became lifted; my steps felt lighter. Honestly, I think I felt myself levitate…literally.
And then, in a weird turn of events that I won’t ever be able to explain to you, GOD’s love for me suddenly became sooo magnified to me, I couldn’t stop singing. GOD loves me. Me!
I’ve got my grateful hat on and it’s never coming off!
Until our next post…try as much as possible to watch this space. I agree it’s not the most active space, but it does try, yea?
Meanwhile, Stay ‘Sunny Side Up’! Stay Bright!
Thanks for reading!