By D’DonRafael

“Oh, my pulse is racing! It’s really racing! I need to calm down. Haven’t I been through enough already? Someone help! Somebody help!!”

Haven’t we all experienced the same plight as the imaginary person above? Now, you could react in such a way for several reasons – guilt, fear, money problems, robbery attack, being watched etc. You can read so many meanings into the unpleasant and rattling expression. But since I thought about the expression, kindly let me come from my angle. I’m going to look at it from the angle of financial problems. The words am going to focus on are “Haven’t I been through enough already?”. These words sound very much like this imaginary figure is frustrated and has been experiencing a lot lately and to spook him/her with another problem is, to say the least, frustrating and frightening.

Since its financial problems we are linking the expression to, let me ask: Why and with whom is this imaginary fellow having a duel when these words were uttered, “Haven’t I been through enough already?” Let’s find out. Shall we?

On Monday, the electricity bill came in. Then, on Tuesday, gas and kerosine finished. Wednesday night, generator got spoilt. Darkness on Thursday night. Children sent back home on Friday because of school fees. Saturday, a day for relaxation, landlord evicts them for due rent unpaid. Then Sunday, on their way to church, the commercial bus’ tire got burst. They had to walk a far distance to their church. Then the husband, outside the church premises, tried to catch his breath, then began, “Oh, my pulse is racing! It’s really racing! I need to calm down. Haven’t I been through enough already? Someone help! Somebody help!!” Now, this person was talking to God. Why? Because he and his family had been burdened with financial problems.

It was unbearable. He couldn’t take it any longer. It was like he wanted to commit suicide there. He had lost hope. Unknown to him or his family, all these where tests. Then he was reminded by God, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” 1 Corinthians 10:13. He stood up, looked up and said quoting D’Don Rafael “Don’t flee when you encounter mountains, go over them” and “Champions don’t retreat from the battlefield.” He sums up courage, “Am going to come off this tough. Honey, kids, let’s go worship God.”

An artiste once sang, “Sometimes love comes around. And it knocks you down. Just get back up when it knocks you down.” But I say, “Sometimes problems come around. And they knock you down. Just get back up when they knock you down.”

Let’s be reminded that every champion needs wisdom. Man may fail you in your time of trouble. Yet, you haven’t failed. Wisdom teaches that “Man is a vessel for help. He is not The Helper.” D’DonRafael. With God, your specific vessel for the specific situation will be willing at the time The Helper had prearranged.


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