I sat at the edge of my bed trying to ruminate over those words, I found it difficult to get over them. Earlier, my mother had called to inform me of the university they, my parents wanted me to attend. According to her, they had prayed about it and were instructed by God to pick Bowen University but I didn’t want Bowen. I had always fantasized of the University of Lagos and didn’t want my parents to come between my dreams and I. We were arguing about it when my mother shouted at me,“If you want your will to prevail over God’s, so be it! But be ready to face the consequences”. Back on my bed, I was really restless and decided to pray. No sooner had I knelt down that I drifted into a trance where I was in a supermarket with my mum shopping and saw a beautiful ceramic cup. Without thinking twice, I picked it up and dropped it in the basket. My mum objected, but I decided to get it anyway. Two days later, while drinking tea with the cup, it broke. At that point, I jolted back to reality and started crying. I then decided that I was going to pick Bowen University.

The day for the registration came and as I was about to fill in the form, Tunmise, my best friend called and said; “Hey, how far now, I have done my registration o. In fact I already told my uncle in UNILAG that we are coming and he will help us with the registration process. He even said he knows those in charge of the hostels and he would make sure we get the same room as we planned”. My heart sank. I knew I was in a huge dilemma. Thoughts like ‘what will I do?’, ‘should I pick Bowen or UNILAG?’ crossed my mind.

“Young lady, someone else needs to use that system, I don’t know why you are wasting time. If you don’t want to write JAMB this year, why don’t you come back next year”The café attendant shouted.

Hurriedly, I chose UNILAG, “since Tunmise would be there with me”; I thought to myself.

I got home to receive insults from my parents, in fact my parents said they were going to get a change of Institution form for me immediately it was out. However, they didn’t remember until the registration had closed.

I was happy and jubilating that I would be resuming in the prestigious university of Lagos. My parents gave me several advice on how to be a good girl in school and make them proud.

I resumed the next day and had a very good room with my best friend as her uncle had promised. Things were going on smoothly until the fateful day when my lecturer’s phone was found in my bag. How it got there, I didn’t know. I had to face the disciplinary committee and was expelled from the school. I was back to square one.

My mum reminded me of her words; “If you want your will to prevail over God’s, so be it but be ready to face the consequences”. Those words haunted me for weeks, I wasn’t myself for months, I then remembered the place of prayer. I cried to God and fell into a trance again. In the trance, my mum came to me and picked up the pieces of the broken cup, threw them in the garbage and gave me another cup. I woke up and started crying again, just then my mum came in and started crying with me and all she could mutter was “Vicky, you will go to Bowen, okay?”

“Yes mummy! I will”I replied in tears.

 

The will of God is most times not what we want. Isaiah 55:9 (KJV) says that “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts”. So, we must learn to say yes God’s will at every point of our lives.

1John5:3 (TLB) – “Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn’t hard at all.”

If you love God, then you have to obey him.

Do just as he says.

Obey him fully.

Don’t let what you want prevail over His wants.

He knows the end even before the beginning, so he has seen the danger you are yet to experience.

Very quickly ask yourself,“Do I love God?”

 

BY AJAYI TAIWO

 

How often do you surrender to God’s will? Truth be told, it’s difficult but then, this is the place trusting God comes in. Trust him not to hurt you. Follow us on social media( Instagram and twitter: @GospelArenaGL, Facebook: facebook.com/GospelArenaGL)