He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Six years ago, around February, I was over the moon about coming to study in Ireland. I had already enrolled into a college, had completed all the paperwork and had all the necessary documents. I had the ticket ready and I even bought new clothes ready for the new life in Dublin.
I was so excited to finally leave Malawi and step on European Soil lol. I couldn’t even sleep the night before my flight. My family was as excited as I was and everyone (the entire village lol), escorted me to the airport. My dream was finally becoming a reality and I couldn’t wait to see what the world had in store for me. I got to the airport and went to check in. Everything seemed to be falling into place when suddenly, the immigration officer asked me to go to the Kenyan airway’s office. I was confused and tried to argue with him asking why, and he only said they must clarify a few things.
I slowly walked to the Kenyan airways office and was shocked to hear that my ticket was cancelled because it seemed the agent bought it with a bank card that was stolen. Wow I had read about 419 (scammers) but had never imagined myself to be a victim. I felt like the whole world had just collapsed. “what will people say? What will I tell my friends? God why me?” I couldn’t even cry, I was in so much pain.
I quickly called the man who bought the ticket for me. My ex’s brother had introduced me to this man who had assured me that his brother had a travelling agency in Canada and would be able to get me a cheaper ticket. Mmmh, the man picked the call and apologized, he told me it was an error and he will make sure I get on the next flight to Ireland by evening. I went home and waited. Evening turned to a week and a week to months.
I waited till the man eventually stopped picking my calls after endless empty promises. I tried to look for alternatives; I asked everyone I knew if they could lend me money for the ticket but all to no avail. I tried getting the police involved to get the man to refund my money and nothing worked. I was depressed, I was desperate, and I was so mad at God.
“You don’t love me, you lied to me, why do things work out for everyone else and not me? , you don’t exist, maybe you are just a myth because if you do exist then why are you not answering me?”
I am sure God was just shaking his head with a big smile on his head and whispering, “if you only knew what I have in store for you”. The whole neighbourhood was talking. Some even said I was refused entry into the country. It just made things worse for me. So, I would hide myself in the house all day watching movies. One Sunday, in June; my mom invited me to a church she had been attending. I went and just poured out my heart to God. I repented about all the mean things I said and for trying to act like an atheist. I just surrendered and told him “let your will be done”. I left the church feeling that a burden has been lifted off my shoulder and felt at peace. A few weeks after that, I had gotten back to my normal self and was just living my best life. It was a Monday I think, I woke up in a lazy mood and didn’t even feel like doing anything. Then a car pulled up at our house, my ex, his brother and their dad got out and walked to the house. I had a thousand questions in my head, “are they coming to propose?” lol because he didn’t even text me that he is coming. Long story made short; their dad told my mom how they all felt bad that I have been stuck home because of the man the brother introduced me to. So, they took it upon themselves to give me the money and deal with the man after I had left.
I was speechless, I had given up on ever travelling and didn’t even expect a way out. Ah that day I danced and praised God like David in the Bible did. By Wednesday afternoon, I was on the flight to Dublin Via Ethiopia then Germany and finally arrived in Dublin Thursday Evening. I felt like I was sleeping walking, I had seen a side of God that I didn’t even think existed and his love was overwhelming.
When I arrived, my aunt’s friend picked me from the airport. The next day, she went to work and called me later in the day telling me that she had found a job for me. Turned out that she had gone for interviews in another place that very week and had been given the job. She then told the lady she was working for that she has a sister who can fill in her place. All this while I was stressing and crying thinking that GOD HAD ABANDONED ME, he was working behind the scenes and making everything beautiful. So not only did he make a way for me to come to Ireland, but also aligned everything to ensure that I am provided for and Don’t lack anything the moment I arrive.
Through all the unexpected twists and turns of the events, God is at work, bringing about his purpose. He is always working on our character and enabling us to one day look back and say” I will sing the LORD’s praise, for he has been good to me. Psalms 13:6”