I was in the bank with my brother and two of my friends when my phone rang, “Good day Sir, you applied for a role and we have been having a debate as to whether you should be invited for our aptitude test, please do you have up to 5 credits including Maths and English in your O’level?” I answered, ” Yes Ma’am”. Then she said, “You have an exciting profile. Let me call you back.” She called me back after 5 minutes and said “Ok then, I need you to come and justify why I’m fighting for you to come and write this aptitude test. You’ll receive a mail shortly.” “That is not possible”. My friend said, “Omo how can it be?” “Na God o, brother”, I replied calmly. They stared at me. I stared back.
Ok let’s re-wind back to before this day. I used to be one of those unemployed graduates roving from one newspaper stand to another to check out vacancies in the national dailies. I paid N50 naira to read through the papers for advertised vacancies every Tuesday and Thursday. Being unemployed is dreadful. I’m not going to sugar coat it. Money is always tight, and that can definitely take a toll on one’s self-esteem. For 7 years I never got a mail or even one call for an interview. I never had any real job. I went through everything everyone does when they desperately need a job or a breakthrough. I would cry and pray, I would beg God to help me, desperately calling Him from the depths of my anguished soul. As a matter of fact, when you have been broke for that long, you most certainly do a lot of praying.
I prayed many hours a day, day after day, week after week and I wasn’t getting results. Then my prayer request changed to “Dear Lord, please even if it’s an interview, please let me have one so I can at least brag that I’ve been to an interview.” Then one beautiful Tuesday morning, I saw an advertised vacancy that fit my qualifications from the newspaper my brother brought home but it had a slight ‘question mark’, “ONLY 2.1. graduates to apply”. I’m a 2.2 graduate. This gave me more than a bit of cause to pause and ponder – if you considered the number of 2.1 graduates in this country, you’d know I didn’t stand a chance to be considered as a ‘wild-card-candidate’ for such an aptitude test, much less an interview.
For hours, I struggled with my feelings, until I decided that I was going to go with God rather than how I felt. You see if you are going to pray to God to change your situation, you must be willing to change. You must be willing to follow God blindly even when you can’t see the outcome. After mentioning to my brother that I was going to put in my application, he went off with the paper and for days I didn’t see him because of his family emergency. He finally brought it on the day – the vacancy was closing. In perplexed exasperation he said, “You dey disturb me for this paper, and you know say na 2.1 dem need, no waste your time abeg”
“Bros, make I just drop my application first na” I replied back in pidgin English.
Fast forward to the day at the bank, I got the mail with a suggested essay topic I would be writing on. I called up my friend Ebuka and we brainstormed on the question together and two days later I left Abuja to Lagos for the test. I arrived at the venue on the day of the test, was ushered into the conference room and given an hour to write a 750 word essay on the topic I had been mailed. A scripture dropped in my spirit, I quickly opened the Bible in my phone to check it.
Revelations 3:8, – “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” That was my first time ever reading that passage.
I started writing and before I knew it, time was up. Two ladies were supervising the aptitude test, one of them thumbed through my essay after I had submitted, perhaps – looking to find a fault? – Her words confirmed that thought. She said, your essay is not up to 750 words, but immediately the second supervisor said, “it’s better to be on point with less words than be off point with 750 words.”
I left the conference room as another applicant arrived for his test. He arrived with his nice black suit and beamed with confidence. As I left with my almost fading grey suit, I was shaking with exhaustion and hunger but totally sold out to depending on God.
A month later I were summoned back to Lagos. I was told that I had passed and scored highest. I couldn’t hide my joy, I knelt down and thanked God, even as tears poured down my face. I finally had a real interview. The interviews kept coming at the tempo of a tap that won’t stop dripping. Today I have a real job.
I learned something new about faith. Faith isn’t just a belief; it’s a way of life, it’s an adventure. An adventure is a daring experience. Imagine an adventure with God, following His leading and doing what He wants us to do even when we don’t know how things will turn out. Be willing to go out on an adventure with God. Your desire to live a risk-free life can be a form of unbelief. In order to trust God wholeheartedly, you must be ready to relinquish your tendency to play it safe. Every time you go on an adventure with God, you let God be true and every man a liar. Now that’s faith for me. If you are going through a challenge, resist the temptation of blaming everybody for why you are still down and out. A lot of times we will have to take up our bed and walk. God isn’t ‘dealdey’ that gives package deals when it’s time for you to make a move. God wants the very best for each and every one of us. Allow God lead you step by step, that way you can walk through anything without being afraid.
Wouldn’t you rather try an adventure with God?
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