I am 25. I am supposed to be married with two kids. I ought to be working at a multinational company. I ought to have built my first house.
But my reality is a single woman’s life with a job as a teacher in a private primary school with a four-figure salary. I live in a room in one of the slums in Ibadan interior.
– Sister A
I am 27. I had plans to have my own business by 23 but things haven’t worked out that way. I wanted to have a bachelor’s degree by age 21. As at now, I have just an ordinary diploma. I can’t even get married at age 30 as I planned. Or who wants to marry a poor man?
– Brother M
My wife and I were supposed to have a passel of children by the time I was forty. Now I am seventy-five and we are still very childless.
The plan was to be many things. But I am one thing- widowed and childless and picking leftovers from the fields in a foreign land.
– Ms Ruth
Mr Abraham who was mentioned up there got his first child from a slave when he was years over seventy-five. Ms Ruth had to remarry at a time society may have thought she should be celebrating a wedding anniversary. Society’s expectations should not be the directives we follow. God has plans for you and I.
Eccl 3:11- He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:also he hath set the world in their heart, so thatno man can find out the work that God makethfrom the beginning to the end. (King James Bible)
Eccl 3: 11- He has set the right time for everything. He hasgiven us a desire to know the future, but nevergives us the satisfaction of fully understandingwhat he does. (Good News Translation)
In a nutshell, let’s let God’s timetable be our schedule. He’s never late.
Jer.29.11 – For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. [AMP]
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