Many students in the Nigerian Universities of our time were hard up! They could not easily feed well, wear good clothes, buy prescribed text books/stationery, etc., and they slept anywhere they found each night. Sadly, the Nigerian government did not come to their aid!
I was to some extent, one of the students described above, not necessarily because our parents were poor, but because they had numerous people to cater for with their limited and over-stretched wages. As a result, they never had enough to satisfy our needs. Still, we were very happy to share our home, and the little we had, with those we met.
As part of my coping strategy, therefore, I teamed up with one of my friends, and we became impromptu designers of clothes and shoes, for our exclusive use, and to boost our appearance and social status, at least a bit. Most times, we used flashy but cheap materials to make our products, and we dared not wear some of them in the rain because they would shrink, and get damaged instantly.
With time, we became fairly visible in and out of our campus, and we made friends with many helpful people along the way. We attended a lot of social functions and studied very hard as well. And on many occasions, people commended us for looking trendy, smart, and clean. Some boys even begged us for stuff; they probably thought we were well-off!
While several people applauded us for who we had become, some detested us for the same reason. And at one point, one boy accused me of “showing off my family wealth”; I wonder where that came from. Another threatened to harm me because, to him, I was “too classy, too cheerful, and too loved by people” for his liking. Meanwhile, he is from a rich family, far more comfortable than I was.
One day, I sat down in my room and appraised the level of hatred, hostility, envy, and threats, hurled at us. In the end, I encouraged myself with the fact that it is the Lord who made us stand out from the crowd, to begin with, so, it would be impossible for anyone to harm us successfully (Romans 8:31, Isaiah 54:17a). I can boldly confirm here that those who detested us then, are our good friends today. Hallelujah!
Friend, God made us stand out from the crowd after he enabled us to tackle our lack in some way. He will do the same for you also if you approach Him; your present situation notwithstanding. He will surprise you, and make a way for you where there seems to be none (Isaiah 43:19).
He will supply all your needs (Philippians 4:19), bless the work of your hands (Deuteronomy 28:12), and restore back to you, all you lost in the past (Joel 2:25-26). Besides, He will heal you (Jeremiah 33:6), defend you (Psalm 91:11), and make your enemies become your friends (Proverbs 16:7).
And after He had finished fixing you, you will become refined like silver and gold (Zechariah 13:9). People shall call you blessed (Malachi 3:12), and His name shall be glorified in your life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
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