$20 a day to stay right here… What if..?
What if? so begs the quest to begin with and yeah no one really earns that much here anyway , the earnings differ from lows of $2 a day to highs of $10 a day per household. Getting that figure will be so tempting if not outright enticing to the ears; for once my three siblings will eat with ease, their school fee is catered for and of-course i will still have a few left-say $5 to put in savings or better still help out a neighbors child in need as dictates good neighborliness and care for each other. Up to that point i will sum up my score and say an emphatic YES! Why not? But wait a minute, looking beyond my shoulders the opportunity in the hypothetical scenario fades almost instantly leaving the reality colors in black and white.
Slum life is one of the places to nurture hope not dreams, hopeful that change will come eventually when in reality the eventuality becomes the dead-end to thousands of dreams each year.
As they say dead soldiers tell no tales so are the gallant souls lost prematurely to ignorance or omission, that have bowed ; Tony woke up fresh on a Monday morning, brushed up and ready to face the approaching day at his place of work , a threading company in industrial area where he was earning a constant $6 a day, But that Monday morning was different for as he left the house past the iron gate, a force stopped him on his tracks and silenced him almost instantly. What followed was a scream from the first neighbor and a gathering of curious onlookers keen to find out what the alarm was this early Tony had accidentally tripped on a live electric wire that electrocuted him instantly.
Several such cases abound each year due to the numerous unfettered illegal electric connections that crisscross the airspace like cloth lines.
Barely two days gone from this incident and yet another like occurrence; forced of to recall 2 years back when Aggy only three years old was trapped in the same predicament and her mum wailed so much she almost went mad.
There ought to be better, something much better in fulfillment that arises out of the depths of an individuals being that eventually molds into bread and better, for one is the basic crave and the other is the luxury but to fully commit oneself to chores daily and miss both is extremely wasteful.
As shared in the Pastor’s Moment: Dennis Itumbi on his face book page says ” That word appears 74 times in the bible. 73 times in the Psalms and then Habakkuk.
Those who have read the bible using a Bible reading plan, have experienced the word, but like me we just skip it, but I just discovered something, that single word is a whole sermon. Selah.
For instance – Psalm 32:5 – “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah”
Or better still, Psalms 46:10-11 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
Selah has been widely translated to mean Pause. Reflect.
In other words pause and think about what you just read.
The challenge today is simple. Selah.
Pause and reflect about your plans, your path of life, your relationship with Man and God. Selah.
You must create time and pause and reflect, it is the most effective way to drop that which stalls you and adopt that which helps you transform. Selah
God Bless You and Keep You.”
A FRESH START
A man is on his way out of the slum cell, counting the whole household gets me the no 4 and counting… he has nothing, absolutely nothing, all he has is hope, hope that things will turn out well where he goes. in his dreams is a home nestled with the economic vibrancy of his dreams, a home teeming with life-supporting life. To start of he is already digging out a pond to keep Tilapia fish from whence he will expand as he customizes with the new ground, he only wishes the process could be accelerated somehow but by who i dare ask??
A mud thatched house is all he has; actually a 8ft by 10ft space with polythene cover on top passing as roofing material, his major worry for now is the near onset of the rainy season just about to begin…..Selah!
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