Friday, December 01, 2006

How would you feel?

I knew a young woman once. She was jolly, easily excitable, always with a terribly huge smile on her face and worked tirelessly for the Lord. She was a woman with a strong Faith in the Lord, but she also had some difficult days. She tried her best to put maximum effort into whatever she did and the Lord blessed her effort regardless.

I knew a young woman once. She was a graduate student – of colour – and very na├»ve. She only read about isms in books and watched it on the television but she never believed it was something that was inherently working even in today’s world.

I knew a young woman once. She was forced to collaborate with a young vibrant – fellow graduate student – she was sweet, nice, stunningly beautiful, blonde and of German decent. The woman of colour was forced to share her ideas, results – her work – with this young vibrant lady under the pretence of collaboration – team work – Pushing the frontiers of science forward. The young woman of colour did all the work, generated all the results and because the vibrant lady could not match up to the woman of colour the Departmental heads always felt sorry for her. Whatever the woman of colour produced – she was forced to share with her vibrant team member. The Young woman of colour realised that her work was constantly attributed to this vibrant young woman and decided to create a niche for herself. She came up with an idea, ran it past the departmental heads and got the approval to proceed. She was told the next day that her idea would work better if a departmental head put it together – with the guarantee that she would be in charge of the work. When the time to give the woman of colour what was hers it was given to the vibrant young woman with a nice sweet smile.

I knew a young woman once. Not knowing what next to do she cried and became desperate. She was going to take any type of position – and began to believe she had no self worth. There was no way out, and no future. She was told she had no vision and academia was not a place for her. She believed the FACT and had forgotten the TRUTH. She still carried on her work in the Lord but daily you could see she was subdued. Even though she was of good cheer that deceptive deep sadness was very visible on her face. One day she said to herself “I must enquire of the Lord and know for myself where I went wrong”. As she looked out of her window and saw the rain drops watering the plants – she remembered the word of the Lord for her – “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth” Isa 55 vs. 10 – 11 – “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” Hab. 2 vs. 3 – She smiled a little. Her strength renewed and more persuaded now than ever that her GOD will never leave her. For He is making everything new; He is trustworthy and true; For He said to her I have brought you this far and is taking care of your affairs – “It is done”. “He who overcomes will inherit all – He will be their God and he will be His son” – Rev. 21 vs. 5 – 7.

I knew a young woman once. For if she hadn’t had the love of God on her side – She probably would have been dead now. The worries of life would have snuffed out her young life. So even though they had stripped her of all she had worked so hard for they did not realise that God had a different plan for her. In the end she was awarded an important position in the department with funds to do as she pleased. She had become an overcomer. The young vibrant woman is doing well too. Let us hope for better things for her.

Dedicated to all the young ladies / gentlemen ever short changed because of a reason or the other – The Lord has better plans for you. You didn’t get it does not mean you’re not good enough. It simply means it’s not for you.

98 comments:

Anonymous said...

FIRRSSSTTTT!
Well written LOASCM! Congratulations to the 'young woman of color' that you used to know. God always takes care of his own..he sees all and he knows all..and of course as one of my fav verses says: I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.(Jeremiah 29:11)
Enjoy ya weekend!

LondonBuki said...

Well Written!

You've said it all, thanks for a great start to my weekend :-)

Enjoy yours!

NaijaBloke said...

Loving the post ..

U have a lovely weekend

Blessed Child said...

What else can I say?I'm encouraged...God bless ya girl and have a great weekend!!

disgodkidd said...

you spoke a word in season...

Anonymous said...

Wow,God plans are yes and amen! He moves regardless of people.
I'm happy for the "woman of color." it makes me extrmely sad when skin color can stand in place of a person soul and identity when it comes to human judgement.

Cherub said...

Wow! I'm inspired. Haters may try to dim ur brightness, but when God says YES nobody can say otherwise. Except the Lord builds a house the builders build in vain. I'm proud of this "young woman of color" The Lord has got her back, therefore she's an overcomer. This article was just what i needed. Thanks, especially when it seems one's labor isn't rewarded. In due time, this young woman of colors light will shine so bright. Have a blessed weekend

Funmi said...

I needed this, congrats to the young woman of color :)........ habbakuk says it all (though it tarries i will definately wait). Good write up LOSCM

Anthony Arojojoye said...

First time in many months, I'm humbled.
Great great post. Keep it up.

Grateful said...

Nice post stranger......is the woman of color U? hmmn....thanks 4 visiting my blog...

Anonymous said...

Nice post. For me it was a reminder not to worry to much. God's time is the best.

Belle said...

very well said!!

Have an awesome week girl :)

Anonymous said...

Nice post as ever. Never a disappointment when it comes to the Word of grace and upliftment.

Have a lovely weekend, sis!! :D

temmy tayo said...

A good post to start my week.

Well Written. His plans for us is to bring us to an expected end.

Dipo Tepede said...

Wow, wow, wow; I am truly impressed and blessed at the same time.

First, the literary expression was excellent, it can compete with world's best then the message behind it.

Wow; i saw Isiah 55 in a new light. What can I do without your posts -

The other day, God used your post on your miraculous journey to Japan to bless and comfort me; today I have received that which I was looking for.

Now, this one; God bless this instrument of blessing. She shall be blessed amongst her peers; Your words shall not fall unto the ground without impact; You shall reap the good of any land your feet steps on.

Your husband shall call you blessed; your children shall sing your praise; as you have watered me today; the rivers of living water shall never dry from your life.

Thank you Dr. TLOASCM for the interview you offered on my site and thank you one more time for this piece; it is an excellent piece!

Please, I need more post like this...

Eagle's Nest!!! said...

Hey LOASCM: How have you been? I'd love to chit-chat with you.

I was a victim of racial discrmination some years back - 2003. The whities practically ganged up against me, thus I lost a deal that could have fetched yours truly about $5M. I've moved on since.

Thanks for the upliftment!!

Will be back

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

God bless this young woman.. fantastic fantastic writeup.. such an inspiration.. i absolutely luv the way you write.. i felt my heart uplifting as I read cos we are overcomers.. what a way to go through life.. just believing... just great.. I LOVE IT!

mosaic said...

I can so, so relate to that happening. And the other person just usually acts naive, as if they don't know they're taking credit for your stuff.

There's such a fine balance. If you speak up or call attention to it, you're being the bitter, Black woman that thinks everyone is out to get her. If you don't say anything, you're being passive or supposedly not being proactive.

Wonderful post! And congrats on the funding.

Pea said...

Came across this while blogtrotting. An encouraging word in season! God bless you for stepping out of the familiar and walking in a calling by faith. Lovely blog, I will probably be back soon to do some more reading.
Shalom.

Biodun said...

I love this post, its hard atime to realize that some disappointment r actually blessings. Well written girl!

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Luminus said...

All I can say is Jah Bless! and nothing less.

Thanks for reminding me to keep my head up.

You're a blessing.

Anonymous said...

Deep and thought provoking.
..Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post... so true God's mercy pulls us through and keeps us going. Thanks for the encouragement.

Life through rose-tinted glasses said...

i know i'm late on this one but i just have to say that this was very deep and it really touched me, its so well written and very encouraging...thanks so much take care

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