How I Met My Father. - Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
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How I Met My Father.

How I Met My Father.

I was going to put this up before Fathers’ Day but a busy and heavily scheduled weekend had me pushing it forward till now. Now I insist on sharing it, after all, Fathers’ Day is still in the air.

It was a very trying time for me. I had just written my final Ordinary National Diploma Exams(O.N.D) and I really wanted to switch to another Polytechnic to finish off my Higher National Diploma. It looked really tough at the time because I had not done very well in my O.N.D due to misplaced priorities.
You see, I had mixed with the wrong crowd. I did very well in the first session but upon entering the next session after I had settled with friendships…

The Miss.
I would leave school and travel from the East to the Western states in Nigeria for musical concerts with friends I had formed a band. I would leave school to other schools in the country for events, parties and sometimes to visit friends.
I lost focus on what I had gone to school to do and put the cart before the horse, so to speak. The result is the result of my fears as to whether or not I would be accepted into Federal Polytechnic Nekede.
I was tired of where I was and knew I had to leave that environment and friends, I had to move somewhere else and start over. Besides, where I was had no good reputation at all and this other Polytechnic had a good reputation in my country Nigeria at the time. The standard there was quite high and I had heard that seeing my certificate with the name of the school I was moving from was going to be a bad sell already. I was afraid, I was uncertain, I was weak with worry.

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My mother and siblings had no idea of the kind of life I lived in school and the fear I was living in at this time. After I applied and wrote to my former school to send in my transcript, I had to wait. The wait was draining life out of me due to all the negative thoughts that bombarded my mind because of all the odds against me.

  • Would I be accepted?
  • Would they even consider me after seeing the school that issued my certificate?
  • What if there was no room for me in my course of study?
  • What if my grades did not meet their requirements?

The Meet.
One day, I was alone at home, everyone had gone out but me and I decided to call my father for help, a father I had become estranged with even though He had been looking forward to a reconciliation, even though He had been calling me… It was getting dark and I didn’t bother turning on the light. You see, many people had told me about Him, how they know Him, trying to get me to agree for a meeting with him. I always turned it down. That day, I laid on my face on the couch in our sitting room as I tried to frame the words I would speak to Him, I cried a little as I started but stopped by my heavy sobs, I couldn’t continue.

But then after a while, without preparing a speech I simply said something like…
“Oh God, if you will let me gain entrance into Federal Polytechnic Nekede, I will give my entire life to you, serve you with my life and never run from you again.”
The sobs got heavier, subsided and I went quite.
“Don’t fear, you will be called.” It was a quite voice, nothing spectacular but very penetrating.

I jumped out of the couch in fear and trembling. I didn’t hear anyone come in. I was still all alone I realised as I looked around the dark room, no sound, no shadow, no body.

He spoke to me! God actually heard me and replied me, He spoke to me and I heard His voice! He was there, listening, He was there all the time, trying to get me to see Him, to hear Him…

I cried and cried and cried and sang in worship as I cried. I felt peace even though I wished I could hide away in shame, in shame of how I had treated This Father of mine who had done nothing but love me and want me.

From that day on, my life changed; or to put it more correctly, my heart changed. My desires changed, my choices changed, my lifestyle changed, my friends changed, my past times changed.

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You see, my earthly father had died two years before and I felt like my whole life was going to be bleak. My father was the best person I had known and had loved me to the point where I was spoilt silly because whenever he was home, I thought I was invincible, no one dared scold or touch me, I was his baby.

After his death I began looking for love in all the things, people and places love was not, while I ran away from The One who could really love me absolutely and unconditionally.

So this was how I met The Love of my life, The one who loved me out of the sinking, stinking life I was in, The one who continues to lift me and hold me above the devil and the life he wishes for me. God, The Almighty Jehovah who created the universe and all that is in it. The One who sits in Heaven, His throne, and places His feet on earth as His footstool. The God who is the only true, only living and ever faithful God. The God whom I am so honoured and proud to call FATHER.

Have you met Him?

He calls out to you even now, He wants you to know Him intimately, He wants to pour all of Him and His love in you. He wants to bless you and make you a blessing. He wants to walk with you in your sojourn here on earth and walk you into heaven for eternity.

In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or [f]unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 AMP

No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends. John 15:13 AMP

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 AMP

Have you met Him?

Copyright© Teshuva 2015
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Ugochi Oritsejolomisan

Ugochi Oritsejolomisan is a mentor, encourager and influencer. She writes to inspire you to live a full life. Ugochi lives in Canada with her husband Benson and their children; Joshua, Joseph and Josiah.

  • Yalah, Mark
    Posted at 21:51h, 27 June

    God is indeed a loving and caring Father. I will always worship and dwell in His divine Presence.

  • Frances Okoro
    Posted at 11:18h, 26 June

    This strung at my heart and took me back to the day I met my Father too.
    Awesome and beautiful God.
    Me and You forever Lord, till eternity…

  • Cheryl Smith
    Posted at 00:58h, 24 June

    Oh, dear friend! Your words brought me to tears! I felt such a wooing of the Holy Spirit, drawing me to another time of prayer, after praying much today. I want to live close to Him! He is so precious to me…the sweetest, most loyal Friend of all. He keeps telling me lately, that He wants to be my all in all. Have you ever thought about those words? As He tells me this, He is leading my family and me through such severe testing. May we be found faithful in Him! Thank you for sharing what He places upon your heart here. 🙂

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 10:31h, 24 June

      I want to much to live close to Him too.
      I am glad you can see and hear Him even in the midst of the severe testing. And because He is always with us, we will triumph. Many thanks for your encouragement here friend, have a super blessed day!

  • Joann Gonzalez
    Posted at 17:34h, 22 June

    I cried reading this Ugochi. We have such a merciful and gracious Father who is always with us. He will hold our hand forever unless we let go and then will take it back again when we allow him to. I’m so so glad you called upon him because had you not I as well as others would not only not know you but wouldn’t be hearing all your God given messages. You are such a blessing to all. See He always had a purpose for you as he does with all who listen and accept Him. love you Lady

    • Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
      Posted at 10:29h, 24 June

      I love you too Mom. And I praise God for what He has made out of my broken life.

  • ebiichyke
    Posted at 14:54h, 22 June

    He indeed is a loving father. I remember when my dad was 46 and had been bed ridden for 8 months from Hepatitis.I was a little girl of eleven. One day I knelt down and cried to God asking him to heal my dad. I promised him that I would serve him my entire life. He healed my dad and gave him 30 more years. When my dad passed on and I was grieving, God took me back and reminded me that 30 years had passed. He is a gracious and everloving father and deserves all our worship.