Yesterday someone very very close to me had a bad experience.
He's been going through a tough time for some years now, he lost his job about five years ago when his office found that his certificate was forged, this was the first he was hearing of it as well. Apparently after he graduated (with a 2.1) his certificate was not ready and someone in the school registry said he could help him speed up the process for a fee. He paid the fee and the person gave him a fake certificate. It was when his company went to all the employees' universities to investigate that he was found out and immediately sacked.
Since then it's been attempts at one business or the other. Nothing at all seems to be working, every job search has proven futile. it's been living from hand to mouth and struggling to keep head above water. Early this year his rent expired, of course he had to borrow money or be thrown out. It's been borrow for rent, to feed, to invest. Borrow to clothe, for fuel, for transportation, for his siblings, for electricity bills. He's neck-deep in debt and terribly depressed.
Then yesterday morning someone called him for a job (he began a cleaning service a couple of years back but that hasn't worked out well either) and he immediately rushed out, on getting there he was told the job had already been given to someone else.
Disappointed, he returned home. On getting home (just before noon) he found that his house had been broken into. His ipad, laptops, electronics, wrist watches, some iPhones, an Apple Mac and other gadgets he was trying to sell, £500 he had been keeping for rainy days, his shoes and every other thing of worth that he owns had all been taken.
This is a case of life kicking a man when he's already down. When you've prayed, fasted, sowed seeds, tithed, invested both in yourself and in businesses, attended courses, started businesses, put your hands into forex trading and a number of other things, basically done everything you know to do yet things continue to go from bad to worse... Where do you find the strength to be thankful for life?
For a man be near his mid-thirties and the first son of his parents with several younger ones, and have life treat him so badly, especially one I know for a fact is an intelligent person, it hurts me to see that things are the way they are.
I'm writing this because he reads this blog religiously. I don't know the words to say to you in person, I know nothing I say can bring you out of the depression you've been experiencing for months which yesterday's incident greatly worsened. I hurt because I love you so much and I'm not able to help you. I also worry because I fear you may do something drastic soon.
But please remember that God has not forgotten you, you must not despair or lose hope. Remember that it's always darkest before the dawn. And through this storm please try, try, try to praise God. Remember it was you to sent me this song years ago.