Enlarge the place of thy tent, and LET THEM stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
I was in the medical school those days always on my own, won’t allow friends to help me because of the fear of intimidation. It seemed preferable to fail alone than to be ridiculed by someone who seemed more knowledgeable. It’s however understandable because some are actually bullies, they don’t know how to relate with individual differences. When you demonstrate a little ignorance, they’ll make it into some funny stories when you’re not there.
But I struggled badly. Most exams I passed easily were the ones I did with a study partner. At one time I went to check what I scored and found myself having an excellent result. But I didn’t overcome my fear of relationship well enough. So I went back to my cocoon, started studying alone.
I had failures back to back and it looked like I wasn’t going to pull through the race. My mind was prepared for a resit each time we had a major exam.
One particular period writing final exams in pediatrics, I had a premonition of what exactly will come out in the exam. I knew details of the questions and felt I could handle this given that I had this knowledge.
How did I know?
I knelt down in my room and asked the lord what exactly will be my question in long case pediatrics exam, so he showed me the picture of a woman whose son I clerked back in early pediatrics posting. Eureka! I jumped up went to the ward and found the woman walking down the ward from the toilet.
Dr how are you? It’s been a long time. What are you doing here? I asked, it’s my son again, she responded. The child has actually been battling with some medical crisis. I empathised with her, greeted the son and went ahead to check every information about the case he had. I read textbooks and notes. Believing this is done already.
One morning, the lord spoke to me. Son, go to the hostel, discuss with your colleagues. But I struggled to obey, so I studied alone. I took coffee to stay awake, tried every other thing but total obedience.
I went to exams, my previous study partner looked at me and smiled. I returned the smile full of energy. But when I got to the examiner, he asked me a question you can’t easily find in textbooks. It’s about a medication I haven’t seen before. I had knowledge of it from the books but didn’t have physical knowledge of it well enough. But my colleagues knew all these things.
The examiner couldn’t appreciate other knowledge because that seemed to be the most important. So I painfully failed the exam in spite of the revelation of it that I had. I grinned for pain, but fell back into the lord’s arms, went on to pass the resit, doing nothing but discussing with colleagues who had a similar experience.
Bringing all these stories together, the lord made the structure of the world in such a way that there is hardly nothing you can do without being in a team. Think carefully about the things we do daily, none of them is solely a personal activity.
You go to the toilet to ease yourself, you’re doing that as a team. Yeah 😊😂. The handy man who fixed your water closet and the one who made the tiles, all of their teams keep working for as long as you live in the house. You want to brush your teeth, doing that in collaboration with a whole company that made your toothbrush and the tooth paste.
The Bible says
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and
stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
It is not ungodly in anyway to allow men to build you. The inputs they contribute is equally part of god’s process in making your life convenient.
In your work place are men who God has positioned by virtue of their roles at work to lift you up. They may be rude or harsh. They may not be the best in relationship. But they’re the choices of God to move your life forward.
In your religious communities are men who God has ordained to bring you up, they may be lesser than your financial or academic capacities, but at such a time as this, they are the tools of God to push you forward to that place of god’s desire for your life. You’ve got to LET THEM.
Do you know that teachers spend most times with students than the parents? While you try to filter any wrong the children may be absorbing, it’s important also to note that your kids can’t accomplish all their dreams without being educated by people you never knew before.
Finally, whether we like it or not, we live based on the inputs of teams, but we may hinder their inputs by deliberately neglecting or inhibiting fruitful inputs.
There is this personality that we can not but relate with in the process of destiny fulfillment. That’s the God component of our lifes and destinies. You just can’t exist without his day to day inputs. Bible says he daily loads us with benefits. You need to come to terms in allowing him to have his way in your life.
If at this point in time you’ve not teamed up with Jesus, it might be the most dangerous time for you. I’ll invite you to form this collaboration and await greater things in your life. If you just say this little prayer:
Lord Jesus, I choose today to team up with you. Amen.
If you’re willing to henceforth allow relationships in your life to function effectively, I’ll like you to say a word of prayer:
I recieve grace to make my teams work. Amen.
So go ahead moving on to the higher places. God bless you