“…See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it…” (Revelation 3:8)
I was a naughty boy when I was growing up. As a result, I was always in trouble, and my parents were genuinely worried about my misconduct. Many times, they advised me, induced me, and even disciplined me, hoping that I would change one day. But the more they tried, the worse I became.
Nevertheless, despite my naughtiness, I finished primary school with ease and made it to the prestigious, highly sought-after, but extremely difficult to pass into, Government College, Ibadan, Nigeria (GCI), for my secondary school education. But not long after I got there, I began to misbehave again, and that made many senior boys punish me repeatedly; it was as if they enjoyed doing so!
One afternoon, as I was ruminating over the myriad of punishments ahead of me, someone informed me that a senior boy wanted to see me urgently, and I started to cry because I thought he wanted to punish me, too. No doubt, I was tired of the consequences of my misbehavior!
Anyway, I reported to the said senior boy, but to my surprise, he did not punish me; he only ordered me to write an article for inclusion in the school magazine within 48 hours. He was the Editor in chief of our school magazine that year! I was surprised because, up until that time, nobody in GCI had involved me in anything noble. I begged him to exclude me from his plan since I believed I had nothing good to offer, but he refused. I left him broken-hearted and went to a secluded area to cry. I did not want to be a part of his plan!
Suddenly, an idea popped up in my head, and that is, I should copy an article from the school library and submit it to the senior boy. I ran there immediately, copied an article, and presented it to him that same day. He read through it promptly, tweaked it to meet GCI standard, and dismissed me from his presence. I was relieved!
The magazine later came out after a few months, and I was thrilled to see my article, with my names and class written under it as ‘Adegbulu, Adedayo Class 2C’. Soon, my parents and many people outside our school saw it, and they praised me lavishly for my effort. That singular activity unlocked the writing skills in me, and today, many years after, I have written over 500 medical and non-medical articles, books, theses, proposals, poems, tributes, orations, references, etc.
God opened an unexpected door of opportunity for me to become a writer, which has given me greater recognition and respect than I have as a medical practitioner. He can do the same thing for you, too. He can open doors of opportunities for you to further your education if you wish to study. God can do the same thing for you to get a good job. And if you are ill, He can open doors of opportunities for you to get well.
God can open doors of opportunities for you to write books, produce films, start your business or ministry, etc. if you ask Him to help you (Mathew 7:7). But you must not ask amiss; else, you might not receive anything from Him (James 4:3). Moreover, you must do good (Psalm 34:14), and have sustained faith in God to please and earn rewards from Him (Hebrews 11:6).
May God in His infinite mercy open doors of opportunities for you when you call on Him, and may your joy be full in the end, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
NB: My writing Ministry is SIXTEEN years old today. Please, join me to show gratitude to God Almighty. Thank you!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.