2015 continues to remain a very significant year in my walk with God. I have a number of testimonies from that year but I choose to share this particular one because it reminds me of Isaiah 61: 2-3.
Isaiah 61:2-3 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
I started that year with a lot of expectations. I was going to complete my masters, believed God to be married and then live my American dream life. Everything seemed to be going well until one faithful day in April. My beloved then proposed to me in March in the presence of our pastor and that kicked off wedding planning. I woke up on 24th April 2015 without a missed call from him. This was particularly strange because we had planned to go to the library. After several unanswered calls, I set out to his apartment. He laid on the ground in his room dead and stiff. This was a person I had spoken to till 12:30am that same day. The only thing I could do that day was sing. I was numb for days. Nothing around me made sense. I was in the middle of exams week so my professors gave me the option to write later. I declined and opted to take my exams. I walked in denial until I went to the funeral home to view the body one more time before it started its journey to Ghana for the funeral. When I got home that afternoon, I sat in my room and started to worship God from the depth of my heart. I decided to worship because I wanted to stop crying but I heard the Holy Spirit whisper “Cry”. The water works began! I poured my heart out to the Lord in tears. As I did that, I felt the warmth embrace of the Lord all around me. I cried till all I could do was lay on my bed and stare. I ended up falling asleep in the process. I had a dream and saw him with another man in white paddling a canoe. He told me his transition was painless and there was no need to cry. I saw myself dancing to Sonnie Badu’s Okokroko and heard the Lord saying, “I did not call you to disgrace you but I called you to the nations”. I woke up that evening with unexplainable joy in my heart. There were days I would cry but I could not be sad for long. I had to try hard to remain sad. Most people thought I was trying so hard to be alright but truly the Lord held me up. I experienced the manifestation of Isaiah 61: 2-3 on that day. The Lord anointed me with the oil of joy. I have always been a very outgoing person but my ‘extraness’ went from 100 to 1000. One prayer I said during the dark times was that may I remember this experience as a testimony and not for pain. I asked the Lord to make this experience a seed that will destroy the devil’s plans not only in my life but other who hear it. And the Lord answered me. Today, I testify that
– I have lived and continue to live the manifestation of God’s love in my life. When I tell someone of God’s love, it is not just words. I am a testimony!
– God keeps me smiling every 24th April. One of my friends turned sister was born on 24th April. I believe God put her in my life to have a reason to celebrate and not remember the day as pain. My colleague and his successor who are now my close friends share a birthday and guess what the date is… Yes 24th April!!! When I tell you I have to put in work to be sad, believe it! Salads, cakes and drinks all day!
– My joy knows no limit. I am not faking it. I am the real Enjoyment Minister. The joy of the Lord continues to strengthen me in all areas. That joy comes from knowing that God lives and He is in control.
When it comes to faith, you cannot tell me anything! God lives. I am much happier when I share my testimony of God’s goodness to help people understand that God loves them. No matter what the situation looks like, He cares and He is ready to walk with you to victory. The victory is not only in the material things but in the manifestation of His glory and who He is in our lives. As people get encouraged by my story, another prayer is answered! The devil’s plan to keep people in pain and sorrow is destroyed! And just to add a little spice, that semester turned out to be the best I had for my masters program. I am talking all As and one B because B was lonely! Glory to God!