“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose,” declares Romans 8:28.
I believe I have shared this scripture before, here, not so long ago. So it is not new and shall never be. In fact, I think it is just right that I am led back into sharing on the subject matter, for it is God’s Word.
And as I meditate on what Apostle Paul was saying to the Romans in this reading, a bulb goes on, again, and I recall that I am the bleNewsTube Theme Optionsssed one.
Hey get me right, I am not boasting, for boastfulness brings nothing but pride, and pride as all, including the devil called Satan knows, it is the beginning of the fall.
What I am pointing out here is that my path is the road that has been planned, shaped and laid by the hand of God. And because of that, I have truly come to realize the truth in the statement that “every challenge is a stepping stone to success”. So, and I am not ashamed to say it, because I love the Lord, and am called according to His purpose, all things are coming together. And I am talking good things.
See, like any living soul I am challenged, a lot. At times, I get so heavy laden that the burden feels like the end of a dream. But then God sends his servants on my path, and not only to help me remove the obstacles, but also share and confirm why God allows small mountains to keep popping uninvited. To quote my friend Caroline, challenges of life are just like stinking manure meant to nurture the citrus garden so it can produce juicy sweet oranges.
Take this moment I am in. I have come to accept that what I thought was a long journey for me has come to an end, and whatever I faced to this point were nutrients to feed my seed to a greater future.
I have come to accept that, like Motswana of old was fond of saying, ‘se sa feleng se a tlhola’, things come our way to be dealt with and be concluded. And a new route has been designed for me.
So here I am, at the yet another interesting turn of my life.
As I speak, I am part of a small group of southern African women in the media, who for some unexplained reason, have been chosen to be the guinea pigs of peer mentorship by the international organization representing Newspaper Publishers. While the thinking around targeting only three countries – Botswana, Zambia and Namibia – and choosing a handful of women to groom for leadership is still unbeknown to us, what is clear though is that we have been selected to spearhead something that could turn things around. We are the pioneers, you might say, of what could ensure that women in the media finally break the glass ceiling. We are being pushed to the top.
What I particularly find interesting about all this is that I have had to wait to reach high levels of newspaper management to finally get mentorship, in the true sense of the word. You see, all my life, like many others, I have had unofficial mentors – in my profession, my ministry and even in the home. But I have not been in a situation where someone is appointed to hold my hand in the climb to the top of the mountain – for that is exactly where I know God is taking us.
So, I am thankful. I am grateful to Father God for His ways, and as always in my gracious moment, I recall what he said in the scripture I live by, Jeremiah 29:11;
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Yes indeed. And these prosperous plans child of God, are for us all. All He asks of us, as he continues in this chapter is to “call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
So child of God, don’t you agree that all things work together for good? I do. Be blessed, and take every step expectantly in the walk with Christ Jesus!