Monthly Archives: March 2018

One Way To Celebrate Easter This Year!

The Easter season every year is celebrated with pomp all over the world by the Christian community. It is a great time to remember how Christ Jesus died and resurrected and gave us the assurance that He will come back for us. Personally, I love this season more than even Christmas!

During this season, I would call your attention to the Passion Week (Holy Week) which takes place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday). This week includes main events called Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

As I read through the details of all these days, I was more attracted to Holy Wednesday which is also the Spy Wednesday. The latter title is because it is believed this is the day that Judas Iscariot first conspired with the chief priests to betray Jesus.

But this is not what caught my attention, rather the event before Judas accepting thirty pieces of silver as payment for his betrayal. And that is the anointing of Jesus. This was done by a woman at Bethany who used expensive perfume. Her name was recorded as Mary. She is also known as the Woman with the Alabaster Jar.

What touches me most is her willingness to give a very valuable possession to express her faith and repentance. She did not care that the disciples thought the sale of the ointment could benefit the poor and pouring it on Jesus was a waste.

All she cared about was expressing that she acknowledged that she was a sinner and needed redemption and the one person that could fully grant her desires was no one else but Jesus of Nazareth.

Today, I am moved to recall one very valuable possession that I had to give up and the motive behind it was to say to my Heavenly Father that I totally surrendered to His will and just like Abraham, I was willing to sacrifice my Isaac for the sake of obedience to His voice.

Being an Accountant by Profession, I have prepared budgets of relatively great value and felt the pressure to report within the set limits despite the unforeseen challenges. There is that need to want to control everything to ensure everything goes as planned.

But I have come to learn that not all things turn out as per initial expectations.

In life, for some of us, the five year plan has not fully worked out the way we pictured it. At some point we fell so bad that we did not see how we could ever get out of that pit. We went so astray that we cannot recognize the person we see when we look at the mirror. For some, the 10 year plan has been full of disappointments.

But looking at Mary and how she wept at Jesus’ feet speaks of both repentance and pain. I have so far not seen anywhere in Scripture where she uttered a word. I assume she must have searched and found out where Jesus was and had that high expectation that He would understand her actions without the need for her to explain herself.

That He knew her past well enough to sympathise with her.

Her reward for this action was more than what she expected. She was not only forgiven of her sins but a promise that her actions will never be forgotten accompanied by the gospel proclamation all over the world. Despite the book of Matthew not stating her name, it did not stop her story from being recorded.

In my small personal experience of giving up control on the future, often I received more than I gave up or even thought I wanted.

One way to celebrate Easter this year is to give up what you value most. Am not saying you throw away your households or give up your jobs, cars or for some, spouses and children.

One way to give them up is to actually place them at the feet of Jesus. To be frank, there is no event in your life that our Heavenly Father is not aware of. He is an Omnipresent God.

He, for one, knows what it means to give up a valuable possession (His one and only son, Jesus) and in return He is able to have all of humanity. Many more sons and daughters to live with Him eternally.

Jesus himself left his glory in heaven to become a man on earth knowing well enough that He will be killed by the same people he came to save. The same people He loves.

May this give us the confidence to come to Him,not with so many words, but rather a heart broken before Him as He has promised in His word that, that is one thing He will not despise.

For some of you, it may mean that you give your life to Christ while some it may be rededicating it. What better time to do this! May the Holy Spirit move in you as He desires.

I am moved to end with this prayer and join me if you may.

“Lord, I say thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I cannot imagine a life without a place for redemption that you have so graciously provided. Please teach me how to accept your mercy and grace that I may live to the fullest. Breathe your Spirit on me to enable me fulfill my purpose on earth. May I please you in all that I do. Amen!”



Has Your Heart Ever Flooded..Is There Hope?

Last week in this country, we observed several areas experiencing heavy rainfall as predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department. This led to flooding that destroyed property and loss of lives.

My sincere condolences goes to the family of the bereaved during this time and I pray for grace and restoration for those that lost their property.

Even as the heavy rains fall on our land, I think of the times our lives have felt flooded by life experiences. Just like the water filling those houses, you feel suffocated by the experiences in your life.

Just like the vehicles getting crushed by the weakened trees, you also feel the burden of the previously strong anchors in your life that are now weighing you down. Just like the property in the homes getting carried away, you also feel helplessly swayed by every painful occurrence in your life.

Rains are normally welcomed by those practising farming as they are glad that their efforts in planting will bear much fruit during harvest. Without the water, most farmers incur great losses and that is when we hear of increased food importation in the country.

However, when this same eagerly awaited season arrives and the water is too much, then such losses are experienced as a country…yeah a double edge sword indeed!

When the trials in our lives are too much for us to bear, we tend to hear of suicidal incidents, family members killing one another, adultery, too much debt financing, some resorting to sorcery and witchcraft, some to drug abuse, all in an effort to find solutions to their flooded lives.

Is there a way as a country we could have avoided the losses? If yes, why haven’t we? Are there other countries in the world we can emulate in such related disaster management?

Before we can point our fingers to the Government, what about our own personal lives? For the current “flood” in your life, was there a small chance the damage could have been avoided? Is there a possibility that you could have made that decision differently?

Back to our country, now that lives and property were destroyed, how can we improve our infrastructure to be better prepared for such a calamity? Some depend on us as citizens during our property investment decisions with regards to location.

In the same way in our personal lives, we may need to learn from other people’s experiences and how else if we do not seek help? Aren’t there people you know or heard of that have gone through the same or can offer advise on your issue? If not, may God guide us to people that can hold our hands through this journey of life.

1 Corinthians:10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Did you notice that even as the houses were filled up with water, the water actually found a way out? The water cannot last forever in that house no matter how high of a level it may have reached. If it found a way in, then there is a way out!! I love this! Am actually preaching to myself. If no one gets this, at least I have 😊

I feel it is time that I express my deep gratitude to those that stood by me when my own heart felt flooded. To those who moved closer to ensure that I did not drown or get carried away, despite not having the full details at times.

I needed to come to a place where I would not allow pride to prevent me from seeking help. I needed to find people that I could open up to and would not laugh at me, judge me or run away but rather hold my hand.

I deeply bless God for I found such people! I must confess I was in a really dark place! Did I just say “I was”? Didn’t think I could ever say that. I do not know about you, but during my flooded season, it didn’t seem the water would ever clear away.

“How many have you heard of that die because of troubles/worries unless they were killed or killed themselves?” is the voice I hear right now of what my mother once asked me. “For how long have I heard of people complaining of troubles yet they have grown to old age?”, I later thought to myself.

Recently, I shared with her how it felt like am now out of a bottle and my eyes see much further than they used to.

I am moved to recall this common quote used in times of adversity, What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. This quote was originally used by the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Twilight of the Idols (1888). And for the history lovers, you will note it was quoted as a motto by the Nazis in the Hitler youth training centers in the 1920s.

With that in mind,I write this post as an encouragement to those troubled by the worries of this world, no matter how big or small they may seem.

I am writing to remind all of us of 1Corinthians 10:13 stated above. As you read this verse, may it be the last of my words and the beginning of God’s comfort and guidance to you. I hand over to you Lord from here!