For the People You were Born to Meet:


Each day she wakes up to what the day has to offer. Each morning comes with its share of laughter and pouch of pain. Yet, she wakes up, throws aside her curtains and opens up her blinds. He is the one running free with the wind, going to wherever it carries him on the face of the globe. He does not believe in anything; not because he doesn't want to, but because he sees no reason to. His heart is empty because he cannot satisfy this void. Their smiles are devoid of any happiness, some as a result of the Angelman syndrome-- a sad disease which unfortunately places a permanent smile on their faces. But how would you even know?
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You wouldn't know a thing or two about them. You can't tell their empty smiles from their genuine ones, because you only see them in passing. On your way to work, shuffling through the crowds...tick, tack, toe...1, 2, & 3. On your way to the subway, pushing past the hustle and bustle, rubbing against slimy sweaty arms...or worse still, coming face to face with only a few centimeters of distance, daring you to move away first. Running away from the black puff of their smoke, second-hand cancer is death. Moving some inches away from the mad man on the train, his boom box too loud and wrecking your flow and focus.
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You see them, but you don't really see them.

In my current line of work I run around all the time, just constantly on the move. Therefore, I have been opportuned to meet a lot of people before I get to my final destination. I once told you about the Man from the Middle East. That was an interesting experience.
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A month ago I met another old man who sat beside me on the bus. I'm used to it, people just want to talk sometimes. So I obliged. His younger brother had died a few years back, and he said it should have been him in his place. He was already a grown teenager when his brother had begun kindergarten. I told him no, there were some things he needed to fulfill in this world before he finally left. Although he had white hair, it was not too late.

I met an atheist two days ago. He wanted to talk and the first thing he said was, "do you read a lot of books?" I wanted to say no because I read a specific type of genre nowadays, but I said yes. He brought about 10 books out of his bag and recommended them to me. I told him to read Frank Peretti and Francine Rivers. We entered the bus, and he asked if he could sit beside me. I agreed. I asked him why he was an atheist, he said, "Life is enough of a miracle. I don't need God." He told me Religion was a way for people to fill the void in their hearts. I told him that I wasn't into religion but a "relationship", and that when I am alone in my room...just me and God...I feel His presence. And when I look at the heavens, the clouds, the seas, the trees...I know surely He exists. I told him of a miracle that happened to me in 2007, which no man could have done for me. He said, "I don't even want to know where $13, 000 came from." I laughed.
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On my way home, I wondered about how many people I was born to meet. About how many people I will be a sign and a wonder to. How many? Lord, how many? I can't meet the whole world, but I was destined to meet someone.

"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God." Romans 8: 20-21.
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You were born to meet someone and change their life.

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ps: I apologize for not updating sooner. Can't explain the extent of being involved in multiple projects. Looking forward to writing more regularly. How are all of you doing? Never forget that you were born to be a sign and wonder.

20 comments:

simeone said...

am i furstt.?
very true...i was born..to be an agent of positive change...
i'll have to accept ur apology.... :)

akaBagucci said...

We were coming close to organizing a 7 day vigil on your whereabouts...

Deep stuff...... We have a divinely crafted responsibility to the people we meet -- Perhaps, we take it lightly, perhaps we do not see it.. Thanks for the reminder!

Brokeass said...

hmmm its funny i just read this and all of a sudden everything that is wrong in my life seems...almost...irrelevant??

I need more scriptures abeg...

The poets voice ~~~ said...

I like this post. Just recently we opened the permanent site of our church and the Pastor said to us that we each had a ministry.

Someone's weakness is our ministry. the things that make us hurt, or angry or puzzled those are signs of where God is calling us to; to that person to bring them to the cross.

It's definitely hard to get to know that ministry if we look but don't see or hear but don't listen!
We need to see the people, we need to SEE them in the totality of their being as creatures of God.

Hope you are alright? i have missed this blog!x

Rita said...

Oh yes, how I so agree with you. We may not meet everyone in the world but what counts is if we made a difference to the ones we met.

Take is easy and remember that the Lord is your strength.

Rene said...

true....we are all destined to meet someone at least....that makes me wonder if the person I wasn't so nice to the other day because I was stressed really just needed me to smile..make an impact....

Mimi said...

awwwwwwww nice post.

well, a chastising one for me really.

Jabez said...

yes, i agree with all my heart... WE are born to meet someone and change their life!!!

God bless you! :)

jen said...

I think I was born to read this post. ;) I've been noticing hits from this site on statcounter. Not sure if it's you or a link from the pew story. (Thank u for that.) I don't normally follow sites I see on stat counter. I figure if people want to make themselves known, they will, but the name drew me in. Great music here. And this post - gives me courage to live out the life I feel God has called me to live.

jhazmyn said...

"For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God" I'm used to quoting this scriptures for more "glamorous revelations" of the sons of God, this post opens it up for me in a new light, more so cos recently I've asked God to help me see past myself to the people that come around me each day

StandTall-The Activist said...

This is why your blog is so unique! I am a testimony to being destined to meet someone that will change your life. I have met those that were directed to my path to change my life for good and this makes me know that I am made to do same and let this wonderful experience continue. May we not miss those we are made to impact…

Non-non said...

Its all in the little experiences, brief conversations and long term friendships that we make an impact on each others lives... Everything happens for a reason.

This makes me wonder..
There are two gentlemen i met today during my lunch break this afternoon, i dont normally stop but for some reason i did and they wanted to talk to me about christ. I told them i'm a believer and they asked if im interested in finding out more about their discovery that there are actually 12 dicsiples in the times we are living in today just as it was when Jesus was human..? I opted not to coz my brain can only handle so much and im focused on my relationship with him at the moment... they left me with their card and web details... so now thats new info stored in memory bank and i shall see if i'll do anything with it...

Nice blog...

justdoyin said...

As always, this is really deep...I agree, we are all made n sent by the father to be signs n wonders to our generation, and part of that assignment is to affect (positively) the people that we meet in our daily journeys...thanks for this lovely piece...

~Sirius~ said...

And My Prayers have always been, "Let my light shine, And let the people know That there is a God"


I do believe very much in this post.

June Olive - A Nigerian Feminist said...

I love Romans. It i so poignant and relevant. Thanks.

Kafo said...

hmmmm i like this
esp. the fact that i was born to meet someone and enact some change
just by being the person God wants me to be


i still haven't updated i think it has been 6 weeks i just don't know but yeah enjoy the rest of your summer

Eyitemi Egwuenu said...

Again, not to belabour the point about Ralph Waldo Emerson, He once said:

"If we are related, we shall meet"

Jaycee, Emerson was a very wise man

GoHard said...

aww, this is true. God allows us to meet certain people for a reason, its so important that even in that moment we share the love of Christ.
Nice post)

Tessa Doghor said...

I am not changing a whole lot of people's lives these days
I am majorly stuck in a seat posting and posting.
I would love to do something more that would have meaning
The impulsive part of me is tugging at me, pray for me...

Jennifer Abayowa said...

Tessa, these are the words that came to me when I read your comment: stay in God's presence some more. In the moments while you're waiting on Him, He will teach you more about yourself. Study the Word, show yourself approved as a scholar. There's no need to rush and make a move until you are sure of 'how' God wants you to step out. No matter whether you step out right now or in three months, you are God's baby and the apple of His eye. Just be still and know that He is God. He's working it all out behind the scenes. Don't rush. :)