Writer: Nelly Arinaitwe

I sat in our small house staring at the ceiling and mind lost in the thoughts of being jobless, and quietly making this earnest prayer to God.

I don’t understand exactly where to begin
Because I have too much to tell you, God
I have a lot I want you to do for me
And completely, I have no other hope but you.
Am confused, scared, and in need,
I am struggling, I have tried to give it my best short
But the times are hard and for it all seems  like am only hitting dead ends.
When will I get an answer from you?

This looks like a prayer in despair and indeed it is. We have all come to the point in life when words cannot explain how or what we feel. I might probably   be speaking to one person going through such despair even now. Well, I tell you this, it’s alright,  you are not alone, and your answer is just around the corner.

One time I was talking to my friend and they asked me, that “ Do you know hard times make it difficult to believe in God?” so when  he said this to me , at I first I failed to comprehend it until he said it again. “Many people find  it’s easier to say I believe in God before they are actually  put to a test that looks almost impossible”, he added. Does it make sense to you really? he asked. And I responded that “yes I do understand, because I have personally been faced with those times when things seem almost impossible. When I doubted the existence of God  because I saw my auntie almost lose her life and I didn’t think prayer and belief could make a difference.”

I will tell you a story of a father and child. There is this little kid called Keith, son to a Joshua. So the father is always out of home early in the morning and returns home late in the evening and he tries his level best to provide for his home… One day he sets out for town  to work . But it was his routine that  before he leaves home, he looks out for his only son Keith, to say bye to him just like you know the father-son love. Keith tells him “Daddy I want your to bring me some toy car today” and the dad assures him  of how he will bring it without fail and he says this promise to him  that , “ what ever you need, I will always be there for you, you can count on me”. There is often one thing kids have in common. And this is FAITH. Kids will simply believe that their request will definitely be considered. They don’t care to know how it will happen, all they know is that, it will happen as requested. So his father leaves home and moves out to work. Little did Keith know that It was a very testing time for his father and his family as they were still trying to fix a loan he had got from the bank  months ago. You can imagine there was not enough money to put into extra expenses like toys, parties, reckless or unplanned programs. Every coin that was entering his pocket was to cover the loan. His son Keith was expecting his toys. And wow, Joshua never forgot his promise to his son. From the day’s hustle, he denied himself the lunch and cut half way his transport to home to be able to have enough money for his sons toy. And boom daddy is home! What a great joy for Keith because his father had kept his promise to him.

Keith is excited but he doesn’t know what his father has gone through to make things work for him. He probably doesn’t know that his father is starving, or he walked half way the journey home and his entire body is overwhelmed with fatigue, all this pain  to spare some money for his toy. Keith believes in  his father so much that His father can do all things not to disappoint his son.

Now come to the grown up Keith, who has now learnt that life is hard and money is not as easy to get as he used to view it during his childhood. He actually gets so worried about many things and some of them he prefers not to ask of them  because he thinks they are  way too hard to achieve given that his parents are struggling and he imagines all the hardships they have to go through to even put food at the table. Keith keeps lucking silently because he no longer presents his requests to his father meaning his father is not aware of his needs. Do you know what is happening here, Keith’s Fear and worry have overtaken Faith’s position and for that matter his mountains will stay standing in the way. He has forgotten the promise of the father” whatever you need, I will be here. You can count on me” and he is busy lost in the endless , useless ,  neve- rewarding math of-how will it work. Yet the father is waiting for him to tell him all his needs.  He doesn’t know  that battle is not his but His father’s ,because surely, he is ready to fight through the waters, the hottest desert,  the thick and thin to make it all work for Keith.

The good news for us Christians is that it’s a whole different story actually. Our father is not even struggling like Keith’s father because He  possesses all the silver and gold. He says to us. Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus… So what are doing in  your time of need? Are u busy doing the endless , useless , un-rewarding  math trying to understand how you have to make things work in your own strength or you  are taking on that faith like  of a child who believes in the fathers promise. The faith that doesn’t require you to understand how things will work but all you know is that,  God  will work out all things  for your good.  Have you prayed about situation and some how you feel these prayers are going the other way. Don’t be deceived by your mind, it might just be the only  wall standing  in your way. Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. You biggest need  is not actually what you are praying for, you biggest need is faith. Because that faith will open your eyes to an assurance of what you hope for. That faith will keep you afloat on the waters, that faith will cause you to trust the promises of God, your heavenly father, provider, way maker and miracle worker who never fails. That faith will keep you hopeful, patient and without despair And that faith moves mountains. That faith opens your eyes to see that every challenge is a problem  being solved by an invisible  power. That faith will keep you moving and not to give up. And you know that victory is for those that do not give up. Do your feel like you so urgently need away through, well it all begins with faith. That is  your urgent need. And once you got it, this faith will yield you hope, hope – perseverance, perseverance – your victory. Take heart and take faith.

Nelly Arinaitwe
Leah Grace Oketcho, is a highly talented Communication specialist, gifted in leadership with over 3 years of leadership and management experience at different levels. She is a team player and has demonstrated ability in mobilizing and organizing others to achieve desired goals. Oketcho is well vast in the art of creating alternatives for ways to get results. She has over the years grown in the art of corporate communications and also participated in the development of performance management materials for various professional institutions. Leah received training in research, scripting, international relations, and data analysis as well as public relations. She is passionate about solving public health related problems. She has offered training to youth in oral and written communication, people management and mentoring, editing and documentation skills, public speaking.


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