You made a way…and I am standing here only because you made a way. Travis Greene’s song this morning speaking truly of my life. I wasn’t going to send this but my heart is so full.
I started 2017 in a very hopeless place. Short of holding on to the strings of faith and hope I was very close to depression but kept going believing that God who created me and had done wonders over and over again will not put me to shame.
In November 2012, I joined an oil & gas company on a fast track program – one of the few chosen ones – here raw talents are recruited and groomed to attain managerial positions in a very short time span. Unfortunately, I was assigned to a boss who was hell-bent on never letting that talent grow. Every opportunity I had to shine was dimmed and even when other managers commended my work, I was “reminded” by the same boss that I wasn’t good enough. For 4 years I was verbally abused (I can’t even speak of the things that were said to me) Several reports to HR yielded no results. Of course, this affected my promotions as she was once overheard saying she would make sure I was never promoted. This said in the same week I had defended a request for my double promotion due to my output. That night I cried my heart out to God and asked for a new department or team. It seemed the better I got at my job the worse she turned out to be. I started considering resigning but fear wouldn’t let me.
In November 2016, the worst happened. Upon returning from a two-week vacation, I was informed that my appointment had been terminated on account of reports from my boss to the Director of the company. Just like that – no questions asked, even past appraisals with impeccable scores didn’t do it. People believed if I hadn’t taken my annual vacation I could have been on the ground to lobby for my position but I had never been under such pressure in my entire life and I needed the break so badly. They might have been right but ALL things work together for MY good. During that trip, I met the most amazing human being on this earth, my soul mate and prince charming. Today if I could take that decision again, I would not change anything about it!
In January 2017, I bought what I hoped was a one-way ticket to Seattle where I stayed with family and in that time I decided to take control of my life and stop feeling sorry for my self constantly calling on the name of Jesus and tapping into his power. I reached out to friends for opportunities, unfortunately, nothing came through but I learnt something amazing from this experience – this was God’s battle and victory belonged to Him. No man was going to take the glory. Even if all leads went cold I persevered.
Upon my return in March, I remembered a website a friend had sent to me the previous year as I started considering leaving my job to join international development organisations to boost my eligibility for Harvard. I saw a job opening for a Nigeria Senior Officer in a New York-based organisation that advocates for policy reforms in resource-rich countries. The job description fit well and I was so excited to apply. I joined the Halleluyah Challenge in June and kept crying out to God to not let me be in shame and allow His name to be mocked. In July 2017 the organisation called me and long story short, I was offered the position and relocated with a pay offer exactly triple the amount the oil and gas company paid me and with other great pecks I didn’t even know exist.
Today, I write this in tears because God has been awesome. In the months I didn’t work, I had more money than I did in paid employment. God took care of me and I could afford everything I wanted also my dad after undergoing two surgeries was back to great health.
If I had a thousand tongues I wouldn’t be able to tell of God’s goodness in my life. If you read this, please say a thank you to God on my behalf.