Dear loved ones,
The fatal air crash (Dana Air) that occurred in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 will/must not be dismissed or forgotten.
We are still very angry, mad, upset, irritated, depressed, sick and disillusioned as we attempt to grasp why? Why do bad things happen to people?
Our agony right now is multi-faceted with diverse expressions ranging from denial,shock, doubt, frustration and hopelessness.
As a result my heart bleeds, my soul cries and my spirit groans because of our collective loss. The obvious makes this even more painful, honestly this crash was avoidable and an evident display of societal failure.
However, we must not lose hope in HOPE. An alive dog is better than a dead lion a wise man once said. In order words, hope is possible for the living as long as the living is alive. So don’t give up on hope! Recall Von Goethe’s quote; “In all things it is better to HOPE than to DESPAIR.”
The tedious process of recovery and healing has begun slowly with ‘final’ goodbyes at burial ceremonies. With heavy hearts and teary eyes we say goodbye but we know that a reunion has been scheduled in the future. A little ray of hope perhaps? Indeed, please grab it!
Anchor for the Soul.
One of my favorite verses is below: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” Hebrews 6:19 NKJV
The ray of hope is all that is needed to anchor our souls, hold us in position when the billows of life blows.
The ray of hope is like a spring rain, opening doors of endless possibilities filled with healing.
It is this same ray of hope that reminds us in ‘darkness’, what God said in the light.
The ray of hope that doesn’t make sense at the onset but does eventually on the journey of recovery and restoration.
I would be untruthful, if I fail to mention that this journey is delicate, deliberate and tedious.
There will be outbursts, moments of personal doubt, seasons of weaknesses and frailty.
On some nights, it will be gloomy, cloudy and cold but be rest assured that light will shine again.
The ‘WHY’ question remains but not the ‘WHO’.
Case Study: Naomi
Ruth 1 The Message (MSG)
1-2 Once upon a time—it was back in the days when judges led Israel— there was a famine in the land. A man from Bethlehem in Judah left home to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The man’s name was Elimelech; his wife’s name was Naomi; his sons were named Mahlon and Kilion—all Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They all went to the country of Moab and settled there.
3-5 Elimelech died and Naomi was left, she and her two sons. The sons took Moabite wives; the name of the first was Orpah, the second Ruth. They lived there in Moab for the next ten years. But then the two brothers, Mahlon and Kilion, died. Now the woman was left without either her young men or her husband.
6-7 One day she got herself together, she and her two daughters-in-law, to leave the country of Moab and set out for home; she had heard that God had been pleased to visit his people and give them food. And so she started out from the place she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law with her, on the road back to the land of Judah.
- Naomi encountered great sorrow with untold emotional, physical and financial implications.
- Naomi’s sorrow began with the death of her husband and the death of her sons ten years afterwards.
- To put this story in context, Naomi lost her source of livelihood with the demise of her husband and then she lost her sources of joy, hope and strength with the deaths of her two sons.
Can you imagine the agony within her soul? Yet, she didn’t give up, fold up and quit. She found strength because she HEARD that God had visited his people…Read the entire chapter for more insight.
So don’t quit trusting God. Don’t give up on your faith. Don’t lose your humanity. Don’t give up!
Embrace this quote (author unknown) who stated that, “It’s often during our greatest griefs that God gives His greatest gifts”.
Remember the words of the psalmist, King David; Psalm 71:14 (AMP) – But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.
I pray that the Almighty God will heal all pains, strengthen every feeble knees and restore all hope in Jesus Name, Amen.
On the Air (Sunday, June 10th):
Every one’s involvement especially this Generation’s must be the legacy of this devastation. Humanity needs you, We need you and indeed we need each other.
I will be highlighting the pertinent next steps for addressing the societal, organizational, and national issues in Nigeria. So tune in to the Sunday Morning Radio Show (Smooth Motivations) on 98.1 FM this Sunday, June 10th from 7.00-11.00AM
- Lagos Residents: Tune in to 98.1 FM and listen to me on the Sunday morning radio show – Smooth Motivations from 7.00 – 11.00am.
- Web: Listen online to the same radio show (http://www.smooth981.fm)
Don’t lose HOPE, Stand Tall!