Our guest writer today is writer extraordinaire and my personal writing “encourager” -lol, Sylvia Chika. Her testimony right here, is testament of how God can order your steps with instructions from His word -specific to your present need.
Meet the beautiful Sylvia Chika:
And here is her testimony. . .
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Sometime in 2013, God gave me “a dream job” I had been waiting patiently for 3years to get. 3 years of going back and forth for different job interviews for different job positions all in the bid to secure a job in the same organization. The HR team knew my face. It was quite embarrassing but I was persistent. I had prayed about this job and assumed it was the ideal job for me. I wanted to work for that organization.
Finally, I got the job. I worked as a Consultant at the organization for 18months and prayed earnestly to become a staff. God answered my prayers. In December, 2014, I was made a staff… oh, sheer bliss! I was so happy!
This was a job that came with so many yummy benefits. . . international exposure/trainings, housing allowance, good health insurance, education allowance, good pay, a great team etc. The organization is an International NGO. I was so grateful.
3 months before I was made a staff, my fiancé (husband now) was transferred to Lagos and we were praying for his transfer back to Abuja which was where I was.
It just seemed like God wasn’t hearing my prayer request. . . LOL
After I was made a staff at that organization, I intensified my prayers. Back then, my fiancé and I would hold prayer sessions over the phone.
We had already started searching for wedding halls in Abuja.
No answer came from God oh! LOL!
It was frustrating but would you blame God? I wasn’t asking for His will. I was asking for mine.
After sometime, we changed our prayer point. It was more about God’s will. I began to ask God if He wanted me to move to Lagos.
This was a hard one for me. I had developed a strong dislike for Lagos and really didn’t wish to reside in Lagos.
The answer came.
God told me to go.
I didn’t expect that, so I went back for clarity.
I got a Scripture-answer…
Genesis 12:1 (NIV)
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
Ohhhhhhhhhhh. . . I still wanted clarity oh!
My whole life was in Abuja. . . job, friends, busines, clients, my elder sister who was more like my guardian. I loved my life in Abuja.
It was a hard decision.
As if that was not enough, another Scripture dropped in my spirit,
Luke 17:32 (KJV)
Remember Lot’s wife.
Genesis 19:26 (NIV)
But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
That was enough for me.
I sent my resignation letter to the HR Manager. I didn’t care that my HR Manager didn’t want me to resign. I ignored all the harsh talk I got from people about how I was making a mistake and how I was moving with my emotions rather than common sense.
I held on to God’s instruction and packed my bags. Off I went to Lagos. Leaving all I thought defined me behind me.
I came to Lagos with my faith and my yellow-self. I got married to my fiancé in Lagos and waited for God to show me why He sent me in Lagos.
The first few months were rough. I had to hold on to my Scripture and my husband was just the best! He encouraged me greatly. I still had people tell me nasty things about my decision but I knew who I was obeying. . . God.
Two months after I moved to Lagos, my husband was told that his Abuja office was going to be shut down and almost everyone at that office was going to lose their job, and it happened. It was closed down.
Call that a coincidence? I call that God’s mercy and love!
Then I went for 3 Nights in the Secret place (2 nights…lol…because I missed the last day) in 2015. I picked my promise…Genesis 22:17.
I worshipped and praised the One who created me.
The promise was the same promise God made to Abraham after He tested Him.
I had gone through my test and this was just the promise I needed. God saw my tears and heart of obedience.
I was overjoyed.
I started my business and started life in Lagos.
The next year, at the Just Us Girls Conference, I picked my promise and guess what?!
It was the same Scripture. . . the same promise!!!
Genesis 22:17 (NLT)
I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.
Call that coincidence? I don’t think so!
God is just too accurate. He never makes mistakes.
This Scripture was God’s way of telling me that I will be honored…that I am blessed.
My seed (children; biological, adopted and spiritual) is blessed. I will raise a generation of conquerors.
God is just too good.
I started my business again in Lagos and God has blessed my business. I’ve found favor in His eyes and in the eyes of men. God is using me to touch lives. I’ve also met so many amazing people in Lagos. God is the Master Strategist! Obeying Him is just super-rewarding. In obedience to His instruction, I started a fellowship last year and I’m about to start another this month. It’s all God. He speaks, I listen and I obey.
I’m really grateful and I think I’m one of those girls who really knows she has a Father who loves her. God’s love blows my mind. I know I am loved.
I’ve really learned to trust and depend on God’s Word and guidance.
I can’t wait to share my testimony this year! It’s done because He says it’s done.
Indeed, I’m blessed!
Thank you for reading this very long testimony…lol
Imagine the amount of heart aches we could avoid if we would only let God lead us?! And as He leads us every step of the way with His word, lets be sure to obey swiftly.
Life is so beautiful when God is leading the way.
God’s love and light,