It took me unusually longer to get out of bed this particular Monday morning. Honestly, I did not say my morning prayer or give thanks to God for allowing me to see yet another bright and beautiful day. I felt bored, angry and tired, tired of waking up every day to follow the same routine that I had been following for a couple of years. I was angry at my house because it was dirty and needed to be cleaned, angry at my stomach as it was rumbling and needed to be fed. I have always been happy doing things for myself but this time I couldn’t understand why there was that sudden drift.
On the other hand, time was really rushing, where to, I wouldn’t know. Before I knew it, it was evening and I had to now prepare dinner. Dinner was ready and after eating, I went to bed. Before I could open and close my eyes, it was already morning.” What! How fast?” I thought to myself. It was now on Tuesday at least I did my devotional for the day. I went on with my chores and it was evening again and I went to bed. Wednesday came and you know, same old same old. On Thursday, I woke up with a different zeal because I had a coffee date with my sister in law and after meeting, I kept complaining of how tired I was being in the house all day and how fast time was fleeting. Weirdly for her, she wished she would have a day off work to rest as she was fatigued and to also spend time with her months old baby. She encouraged me to stay strong as I wait unto God. We left it at that and later parted ways.
While taking dinner that evening, I felt a sudden pain in my throat that made it very difficult for me to swallow. I requested to go to bed early leaving my plate halfway done. A few moments later, I was experiencing fevers and shivers. I was in excruciating pain. However, I decided to monitor myself throughout the night and go to the hospital first thing in the morning.
It was now Friday and by the time I was going to the hospital I could barely walk, I was weak and frail. My better half was there to support me the whole time, thank God for him. We got to the doctor’s room and after the doctor evaluated me, he concluded that I had tonsillitis which was the main reason I was experiencing harsh symptoms. I was given medication and an injection to ease the whole situation. At home, I could not lift my phone, it felt 5kgs heavy. I thought maybe I’m a very good person, you know the ones who God said He would come for to prevent the world from corrupting them. Again I knew that as good as I am, my purpose for being alive could take me 7 more decades to complete. I was sure I wasn’t going anywhere soon.
After a few hours, I was feeling a little bit better, and as I was resting, I remembered how much I had complained throughout the week. I noted that Friday had taken a different turn from my daily routine. I asked myself, “Am I ready to take this in exchange for my routines?” Of course, the answer was no. I immediately thanked God for what I do throughout the day and for giving me that opportunity. I realized how important it is to appreciate the little things, things we take for granted. It doesn’t mean that God brought me tonsillitis to teach me how to appreciate, no, He doesn’t work like that. I learnt that I was complaining about being blessed with good health to a point that I could do chores in the house. I was complaining because I had seen another day and another one was about to come. It was a lesson learnt in a hard way, a lesson about thanksgiving, appreciation, patience and more.
The word of the Lord in Jeremiah 29:11 notes that, for I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. It doesn’t matter what situation you are in right now, it is all in Gods perfect plans. Maybe you are tired of ill health, tired of that underpaying job or that marriage that is about to hit rocks. Thank God in that situation because it probably isn’t the worst situation that you could be in. Appreciate that you are there as you trust in Him fully to reveal the great plans that He has for you because He is faithful. Quit Complaining.