During my undergraduate days, I was just confident there was something special about me that made almost everything I did look like I was pressing an electronic mouse – it always clicked. I would read a little, and come out with better grades than many that read till their eyes became red. I got a difficult scholarship easily. I was not collecting much pocket money, but I never for one day went broke, and it wasn’t like I paid my tithe. Getting even a small company to do industrial training wasn’t always on a platter for students, but I did mine in a very big company. I even got the placement before I was ready to resume, and was trying to give the H.R personnel my terms and conditions, imagine!
Before I graduated, my uncles and aunts and family friends had promised that with my course of study and grade, they would sure get me a job in a top oil company. Several times, I remember telling my friends and some classmates that I will never for one day search for jobs after graduation. And just as I said, few weeks before I graduated, I got called by an oil company for tests and interviews. I was sure of getting the job after graduating, and was planning to do my NYSC there also. Then all of a sudden, it was like hell broke loose, i didn’t get the job! Like that wasn’t enough, my department wasn’t mobilised for Nysc, and had to stay a year jobless and broke.
I was this lively and funny guy that never experienced being alone – always had friends and people around; but this period, I felt depressed, sad, angry, alone, lonely, frustrated….just think of any negative feeling. All the connections I thought I had bounced back like a bad cheque – they failed me. I just wanted to give up.
Joseph was a 17 year old boy that had everything in life at his disposal. Why won’t he? Considering that his father – Jacob – so loved him that he couldn’t hide it from his other children and the whole world. The story started from Genesis chapter 37. Joseph had a room to himself, but his 10 elder brothers had to share rooms. He always received 2 meats per meal, but his 10 brothers would share just 5 meats. His brothers couldn’t remember the last time they even got a singlet as gift from their father, but Joseph; he received an expensive gucci suit of many colours from Jacob.
That was what was in vogue then! Joseph’s brothers came 2nd in class and got beaten for not coming 1st, whereas, Joseph always got gifts for coming 30th in a class of 31. Jacob even allowed Joseph to look through his will, and Joseph saw that 70% of his father’s property would be his. His future was even far brighter and more colourful than the robe his daddy gave him. While his brothers went to work in the farm, he’ll be at home watching TV and sleeping. No wonder he spent days just dreaming and dreaming. Then one day, his ‘human’ brothers(I don’t want to use ‘Jealous’) decided to end it all. Joseph found himself in a pit.
Ludwig was born in the city of Bonn, although he didn’t die in a city called dye. He started doing and composing music at a very young age and on a bright note. When Ludwig played, clocks stopped ticking so they’ll hear the sonorous notes. He started performing in public concerts at the age of seven. At age 12, he was tipped to be the next legendary Mozart. His fame was growing and growing until all of a sudden, he found himself ‘in the pit’ – he lost his hearing – He became deaf. That was going to be the end of his music career, that would be the end of his dream of becoming the next mozart.
Maybe you are reading this and at 1 point in time had prospects of accomplishing great dreams and becoming great, but all of sudden, you discover you are in the pit. The pit of rejection. The pit of loneliness. The pit of joblessness. Pit of frustration. The pit of dying dreams. In fact, it seems everyone who has a God-given dream will most likely at one point find himself/herself in the pit. And here’s the truth; nobody loves being in the pit – it’s not a nice place to be. But God has a way of using this unfavourable experience to train and shapen us, to produce an excellent result. God has a way of turning the mess into a message, the sadness into gladness, the fury into what will bring out His glory.
That was exactly the case of Joseph. He was “in the pit” for good 13 years: From the physical pit, to being sold to slavery, to Potiphar’s house where he was housemaid..and finally in the prison. But it was in this pit that Joseph learnt to be responsible and hardworking. It was even in the pit that Joseph learnt how to interpret dreams. It was in the pit he learnt to rely more on God. And all this worked together to make him the Prime minister of Egypt; the most powerful man in the world after Pharaoh. It was in that pit where Ludwig was in that brought out the best in Him; he composed his best symphonies and did his best works during this period when he was totally deaf. His full name is Ludwig Van Beethoven. And today, he’s argued to be the greatest musical genius that ever lived. I am not an exception either. It was in that pit of loneliness, depression and joblessness that I developed my writing abilities – which is responsible for this article you are presently reading. It was in that pit I discovered my purpose and started getting a vision for my life. It was there I did my first personal bible study, then second, third, fourth…three hundredth..and so on. It was in that pit I developed a close relationship with Jesus.
If there’s anything good about life in the pit, it is that there’s only one way to look – and that is: UP; to heaven; to God. Right there in whatever ‘pit’ you are in, ask God to help you get what He wants you to learn from the experience. Imagine if Beethoven went bitter and absconded that God’s ‘pit’ tutorial class and maybe committed suicide out of frustration, he obviously would not have achieved his dream. Imagine if I didn’t brace up and attend that pit class God offered me, I’m sure this wonderful and inspiring article would never have been written. Someone would have written it in another way, and even better! I would not have even discovered my purpose, not to talk of taking steps to achieving my dreams. Imagine if Joseph pulled out of that “pit experience” and gave up on God, I’m very sure he would be nowhere near being prime minister of Egypt.
We might see the pit as a dead-end, but God sees it as the road to the palace. We see it as the ticket to being a slave, God sees it as a rocket to shoot us to the post of a prime minister. Try as much as possible not to look down while in the pit, don’t look at how deep it is…just look up, look up and see how deep God’s love for you is. Just don’t give up, this pit is to train you for the great vision ahead, just be a good student and learn everything God is teaching you in your pit classes, and be sure of achieving all your dreams!