Friday, April 17, 2009

In the Traffic Jam


I had promised myself I will never live in Lagos, not after encountering several hold ups that have almost made me miss a flight. Well, today I am in Lagos. That was what happened when I took a blogging break.

On one fateful day, I got stuck in a traffic jam. The road was completely blocked. Vehicles were aligned at different angles. There was disorder. Even pedestrians found it difficult wriggling their way through. Bike men could not move. It was that serious. Shouting and complaining was not going to solve anything so like my counterparts, I put off the car and started reading newspaper to pass the time.

About 10 minutes later, out of nowhere, a siren started blowing. I laughed sardonically, wondering how the vehicle would pass. In my heart I prayed it was the governor, so he can experience what others are experiencing (don’t get me wrong, Gov. Fashola is trying well well and I am proud we have someone like him). But to my greatest disappointment, yet amazement, not only did the siren vehicle pass, the whole convoy moved freely. Series of other cars passed and finally a way was made to ease the traffic.

I was mouth agape as this incident happened. How was it possible that they could make a way in that situation?

If man can make a way in such a tight traffic jam, imagine what God will do with situations that seem difficult and impossible?

The statement has roots from the word of God:
Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth...I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. [1]

Why should you believe this word? Simply because God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. [2]

Yes, God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Behold, He is doing a new thing in your life. When it happens, you will say this is a dream come true.

He will make a way in the wilderness, which means He will make a way through the greatest difficulties.

And He will produce waters in the desert. You that once lacked in some area will have in such abundance that you will be a blessing to others. Those people your miracle touched will have reason to honor and praise God.

Nothing is impossible with God [3]. Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. [4]

Have a blessed weekend ahead.

Bible References:
[1] Isaiah 43:19 AMP
[2] Numbers 23: 19 NLT
[3] Luke 1:37
[4] Heb 10:23 NLT

39 comments:

tobenna said...

Nice analogy.
Imagine what God can do!

~Sirius~ said...

yes o!
He does makes way in EVERY situation. I'm a living witness to this, and because of this I've learnt never to worry, it's just sometimes the human mind can't help it. Have a lovely weekend Rita.

PS: As scary as this sounds, I might have driven past you on the streets.

jhazmyn said...

"I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert"..i so love that passage cos its seen me through some unbelieveable seasons...there's something profound in being reminded of Gods "BIGNESS". Isnt God's word so exciting?

Constance said...

Oh my dear Esuru,
How timely your article is.
How prophetic.
Don't worry u'll get to hear the testimony of this prophetic word.
Where are u @ in Lagos.
Lots of Luv!
Constance

Omo Oba said...

wow! i love the comparison. u really hit home with this one!

Saved Girl said...

Amen.

Rita said...

@Tobenna: I have stopped imagining, He does more than I can imagine…

@ ~Sirius~: I will be looking out for a lady in red when I drive next time (as per your profile pix) lol…

@ Jhazmyn: God's word is sooo than exciting

@ Constance: We will talk offline…

@ Omo Oba: Thank you said...

@ Saved Girl: Amen…

Writefreak said...

Spot on...Yes He will make a way! He will give me rivers in the desert! Halleluyah!

Naughty Eyes said...

LOL @ Sirius driving past you....
That's what we see in Lagos oh! The other day I over-estimated the time for a trip because I thought there'd be traffic on the way. Surprisingly, there was none and I got to the event an hour earlier and had to wait.
Just thought to holler. Been quite a while since I dropped by... Have a GREAT weekend!

Original Mgbeke said...

Amen to that. God will always make a way, and that's why I continue to put my trust in him.

Kafo said...

i love the analogy

lagos traffic
mercy i can only imagine

David C Brown said...

The preacher on Lord's day told us - men say, 'Where there's a will there's a way'; but where there is no will, there is God's way". We can make a way, "make straight in the desert a highway for our God!".

ShonaVixen said...

Talk of being at the right place at the right time, hon once more you've reached out to me without even knowing!!I really needed to reaffirm and read this!!
Thanks darling and hope you have a blessed weekend!!
Thank you xxxx

Gee said...

ahhhhh thats my bible verse ooo...
my own personal one!
Isaiah 43, 18-19....
nd i have been seeing the manifestation in my life thruout this year...I'm a graduate as I write!

naijagirl said...

beautiful analogy. I wouldnt have put the two together....Now, I understand why they say that when you look around you, you can always find reasons to thank God.

Lagos and the traffic.....I recall one pastor saying its a demon

bob-ij said...

I have witnessed that Lagos traffic and there's always a way! Where there's a will, there's a way!

I have to win that first award soon...lol


x!

Afrobabe said...

I am a living testimony to that..

@ Tobenna, I have been searching the reccesses (is that correct?) of my mind for that word...an analogy...

Telekinesys said...

Amen

RocNaija said...

Nice way to break it down to the basics!

Thanks very much!

FFF said...

Yes oh,over n over again He's proved dat 2 be true

Buttercup said...

i just love how u use seemingly trivial experiences to bring out such great messages..

thank God for God and for u :)

theicequeen said...

amennnn! it is sooo true..no matter how bleak and hopeless a situation looks from your point of view, God will make a way, as long as you have faith (even if you no get sef, He go see you true), because it's all very simple to sort out in His sight..

i love the way you see a lesson from God in the most trivial seeming situations...i needed to read this post mahn..fanks!

StandTall-The Activist said...

Welcome to our Lagos. And I like how you linked the story with God.

He always makes a way... I am a leaving witness

Fanny said...

I love the picture, dramatic. No matter the traffic in my life, God can make a way through. Ur replenished for this word dear.

Rita said...

@Naughty Eyes: - I hope to over-estimate Lagos traffic someday…thank you for dropping by…

@Writefreak: - Amen

@Original Mgbeke: - and you will never be disappointed…

@ Kafo: - the image on this post did not do justice to what I was trying to describe lol

@ David C Brown: - I really love the part of “but where there is no will, there is God's way".

@ShonaVixen: - You are very much welcome Shona…

@Gee: - I recently stumbled on that bible verse…it is so powerful and full of promises…

@Naijagirl: - Thank you. lol @ Lagos and the traffic being a demon…but isn’t that taking it too far?

@ bob-ij: - since you say there is always a way, I have to look out for one anytime I get stuck…

@ Afrobabe: - Thank God for you… what has been on ur mind? :-) Risk analysis or what?

Rita said...

@FFF: - To me that is the amazing part that when we look back we can pin point several instances when He has made way for us…

@ RocNaija: - you are welcome…

@ Buttercup: - thank you so much *hugs*

@Theicequeen:-your comment is so encouraging especially where you said "…it's all very simple to sort out in His sight…" Thank you

@ StandTall-The Activist: - Thank you. I did not know I will like Lagos despite the traffic. Thank God for you.

@Fanny: -Thank you and Amen…

My World said...

First,I love that picture.....
Interesting post.

justdoyin said...

preach it preacher! yes, u r sooo right...God can, will, and does make a way, even in the wilderness...

nice pic n analogy...weldone Rita...

ShawnDaVinci said...

Beautiful write up

Tigeress said...

very inspiring. Another nice post. Do keep it up. :)

rethots said...

...true only a lil clause. We need to obey Him, even when it seemingly hurts.

Debbie said...

Thanks for this. It is true if man can make a way, imagine what God can do.
We just need to take him at his word and trust that he is faithful who will do it and will bring it to pass.

Bibi said...

God will make a way where there seems to be no way. thanks i needed to hear that today.

Rita said...

@ Debbie: Now, more than ever before, we need to trust Him…

@My World: now I go back to take a look at the picture…

@Justdoyin: lol…not a preacher oh! All the same, thank you.

@ShawnDaVinci : thank you. Longest time.

@ Tigeress: I will dear, thank you.

@ Rethots: You always leave comments that make me reflect. Thank you. Are you back? We missed you.

@ Bibi: You are welcome…

Oyin said...

hmmm and I thought it was just me

ManCee said...

Mmmm,
I've been known to stubbornly refuse to budge off my lane when some annoying siren-er comes along.

Your analogy...you'd make an OK preacher.

God makes ways...he gives the ideas, strength and resources, we do our part and get off our bums to bring it to existence.

Cheers

disguisedfeelings said...

u write very well Rita. been reading a few of ur posts and ur analogies/personal examples usually tie up great with the point u r making..i hope to write like u when i grow up oh..lol. weldone.

babajidesalu said...

Hi Rita,

Excellent analogy. So spot on. In spite of the negative experience you managed to squeeze out the positive benefits.

Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds, this was what Norman Vincent Peale said.

Good on you Rita, I always enjoy reading your thoughts this is why I have subscribe to your blog.

Have a fantastic day and taKia.

Feral Female said...

Sweet post. I like the reference made to events that have happened in your own life. Sometimes it works not to just talk theoretically :)