To start with, I’m grateful my pastor called me this morning because I would have missed church! It didn’t occur to me that time had changed so when my alarm (on my Blackberry) woke me at 6.30am, somehow I picked up the Nokia and it said 5.30, same thing with my clock so your’s truly went back to bed! When the Nokia alarm went off at 6.30 (now 7.30 on the BB), I said to myself, ‘how about I lie in for another 30 minutes, and then ‘jump up’ at 7?’ (I said the exact words to myself). I was in the midst of that ‘lie in’ when my pastor called to say that just in case I didn’t remember, the time had moved forward! And no, I wasn’t late to church!
During the service, the visiting minister talked about actualizing the prophecies of God for our lives; he said that some people are ‘taken away’ before the manifestation of the greatness that God has designed for them. And I believe him. I immediately remembered the bbm (Blackberry message) I got yesterday; a friend just lost his dad, and I know his mom died just before we started studying at the university, I have another friend who lost her dad this same month of March, same scenario as the guy.
Walking home today, I started running these thoughts over in my head, and while I am immensely grateful to God for the privilege of every new day he gives my family and I, my heart goes out to these friends of mine who, adult as they are, are now orphans. One of them said to me, ‘who’s going to walk me down the aisle?’. It broke my heart, and I trust that God, who is the Father to the fatherless, will show Himself strong on their behalf, today, and always.
Looking back at March, was there any week I didn’t hear someone had passed? Even
especially young people? On the international scene, Nate Dogg, Elizabeth Taylor, Geraldine A. Ferraro, died; not forgetting the thousands in Japan, Libya and other war torn/revolution seeking countries whose lives have been lost.
Closer home, on the 20th of march, Yoruba actor Ishola Durojaiye a.k.a Alasari died after being involved in a car accident on his way from Abeokuta to Lagos. He was going to Lagos to promote his new movie, ‘omo night club’.
On the heels of that came the death of my favorite comedian, Chijioke John, a.ka CD John. Fresh on the comedy scene, John rose to fame (and very quickly) on the strength of his jokes about a certain Ibo chorister. He died in the early hours of the 24th of March on the way home from functioning as MC at an album launch in Lagos. I hear he died three days to his birthday.
While we were still reeling from that, about 11pm that night I got a bbm broadcast that was asking if had (or knew anyone whose blood group was B and lived in Kaduna, that it was needed urgently). To start with, while I appreciated the fact that it had to be an emergency because I got the message from at least six people, I wondered if part of the information we have about our friends is their blood group. I know my dad’s because we have the same blood group but I can’t even bet that I know what it is for the rest of my family.
Anyways, we woke up on the morning of the 25th to hear that 22 year old Chidinma Mbalaso was dead; she’d been involved in a road accident in Kaduna the night before, and was the person who needed blood. She’s popular for being amongst the final four ‘kokolets’ on the reality series Koko Mansion.
I don’t know about you, but that’s one death too many; the rising stars in the entertainment industry, snatched in their prime, in a matter of weeks it’ll be a year since we lost Dagrin to a road accident too, he would have been 27 this year.
Take a minute and say a prayer, that everyone we lost rests in peace, and for protection from every form of evil for us who are privileged to be in the land of the living.
It goes without saying that we should drive carefully (and I’m in no way insinuating that these precious ones were reckless), I’m just saying we should give God the raw materials to work with by being safe. Don’t drink and drive, don’t use a phone (call, text, or BB) when you’re behind the wheel; we’ve got just one life (not nine) so let’s keep it well.
Let’s not get into which road was bad, and which wasn’t; even though it does raise the eyebrows that three people (and these are the ‘popular’ ones) have lost their lives in less than two weeks! What is going on? Lord have mercy!
Most importantly (and at the risk of sounding preachy), what are you doing with yourself? What am I doing with myself? Are you happy with what/where you are now? If yes, any plans to step up? If no, what are you doing about it? Funny that barely a month ago in my chronicle about my visit to St. Paul Crofton church in Orpington I touched on these same issues…. *sigh*
As I encourage myself with the promises of God in Psalm 91, I enjoin you to have a super productive week, enjoy every single day of it!