This hen was alive just 5 secs ago and I am not dreaming, omg!!!!!!!!!
This was the argument in my head one of the evenings, last week. While walking, I noticed a hen running across the street and all of a sudden, within 5 secs a bike had run this hen down and this hen had died after briefly struggling for life. I know there’s nothing unusual about a vehicle hitting a hen for most people, it’s pretty much a random event, but for me it was eventful, I mean it shook me- I suddenly became emotional and I think a tear dropped . This was the first time I was witnessing a hen dying casually.
After gathering enough strength to continue walking, the thoughts started coming. Is this how people die casually? One minute you are walking/running, the next minute you’re dead? Is this life even meaningful/ worth living? Is this how people will just forget about me like I never existed? Am I even valuable to anyone? and I concluded my thoughts with “O God please tell me my life is not like that of a hen, I don’t want to die like a chicken”.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a…”
Jer 1:5 was the first response I got to counter my thoughts.That day, I saw God making me understand that I was more valuable than a chicken. A chicken’s destiny at best value is to be eaten to supply protein to my body and so trying to liken my existence on earth to that of a chicken was me devaluing myself. Like me, You have been formed in the image and likeness of God, your life is not a mistake/a coincidence/by chance, you are a well thought out masterpiece of God ordained for a specific purpose.
As His daughter, even the very hairs on my head are all numbered (Luke 12:7) and so no evil will befall me nor will any disaster come near my dwelling place (ps 91:10) because I am precious and honored in His sight (1sa 43:4).
Then He continued, My daughter you are valuable to me, you have been bought with a price and You have a glorious destiny. “The thoughts I think towards you are thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end” – Jer 29:11
This expected end is to enjoy being blessed, be fruitful, increase, replenish the earth, subdue it and take dominion (Gen 1:28) in territories that He places me (and as it stands I am placed in Lagos, in Nigeria, in Africa, in the world to do more than just occupy space).
You’re valuable to God regardless of present circumstances, so don’t entertain other suggestions and more importantly don’t depend on others to make you feel valuable (that’s a settled case). You are not on earth to mark register or add to the number and your life is a purposeful one that was carefully arranged by God. You have been chosen, set apart, appointed and preserved for greatness so I’ll advise that “you talk/relate more with Him so you can fully understand what His plans are“. Remember life is a gift (a valuable one at that) and to whom much is given much is expected.