“The human spirit is like an elastic band. The more you stretch, the greater your capacity”-Bidemi Mark-Mordi
As an introvert, I wouldn’t deny the sparkle of joy felt in my heart just after the announcement of lockdown. I thought of all the wonderful things I would do while I put my wrestling mind to rest.
The joy was overwhelming and the idea of mingling with people escaped my mind. This period was nothing but a moulding process for me, a process to test my capacity and a force to push me into self-growth.
A week in quarantine felt disturbing and reality kicked in. Lockdown wasn’t fun any longer. Not seeing little children for such a long time drained me. Social media turned into a nightmare as it reminded me of how lonely I was. The thought of an increase in sexual abuse and domestic violence made me sick. Having a phone in my possession increased my anxiety. So I did what I always do best: I switched it off and put it out of my sight for a few days. This surely taught me things I will forever cherish and my capacity to do anything I put my mind to.
I finally realised that I was capable of having a dialogue with God. A lot of us have monologues with God; that’s speaking to him and expecting no answer. But our dialogue game me all the reasons to never doubt His words. The certainty in His words gave me assurance and I am deeply convinced that He meant what He said. My moulding process began then.
I could finally admit that I was not alone in this. And if I could live yesterday, then why not today and tomorrow? Lord is my strength!
“And he is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit” –Psalm 34:18.
Not only did I realise that I was capable of so much but I had goals again. I know exactly what I want to achieve in five years, the impact I want to have on people and my ability to influence.
See, it’s okay to take a break from the outside world but don’t be on your own because not only will the devil play tricks on you but he will feed you with lies and tell you how incapable you are. But here is the good news! When you take one broken step with God, not only does He tell you the truth about yourself but he also reveals the thousand capacities within you. He will let you know how special you are, because you are part of His plan to save humanity.
I hope you find the strength to stretch yourself and the ability to walk on the other side where fear does not serve. And be able to trust God with your future, to not only give him the first position but also make him your life.
Tell us: How are coping under lockdown?