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As you may all know, our son Joshua was born on Saturday the 18th of April; and it’s been such a joy to finally hold him in my arms. Odelia and Joshua are now home and are doing well. Thank you all for the prayers and the anointing needed for being an outnumbered dad and mum! We have felt really loved and appreciated with all the lovely cards, well wishes and gifts we have received. May the Lord bless you all.

Just days into my paternity leave, I feel I have grown deeper in being patient and more tolerant as a parent, and I suspect that I will continue to be further stretched in this area. I recently learnt a lesson from my twenty-one-month-old daughter who wasn’t appreciative of how slow I was in making her breakfast. She loves oat porridge which takes a bit longer to make, whiles Jeremiah just goes with whatever can fill him up.

I had made Jeremiah his breakfast (milk and cereal) and I had turned my attention to making Adrielle’s oat porridge when she started crying. She was crying because Jeremiah was eating, and she had to wait. I put her oats in the microwave for a few minutes and tried to reassure her that her favourite breakfast was on the way. She was not having it and cried even more. I was caught in two minds whether to just give her what Jeremiah had or wait for her porridge. While I was trying to cheer her up, almost half of her porridge in the microwave bubbled up and spilt out of her bowl. I then thought I might as well just give her some cereal instead of her porridge. On the other hand, I felt that if she had waited this long then she definitely deserved her porridge. At this point, she wasn’t happy, so I gave her a snack bar to eat and decided to make her another oat porridge.

As she later sat and enjoyed her porridge, it seemed like nothing had happened. Her delight far outweighed the brief moment of cries. We were now friends again!

As I pondered on what happened, I sensed the Lord speaking to me about the importance of patience. Similar to the good intentions I had for my daughter, God also has good plans and intentions for you; but He is a God of process and order, and He works according to seasons in our lives. If it isn’t the right time or season, you will have to wait on the Lord. But as an encouragement, the Psalmist said, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure” Psalm 40:1-2. The author of Ecclesiastes also encouraged those who patiently wait on the Lord by saying, “He has made everything beautiful in its time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11.

As you wait patiently on the Lord, just know that the end is far glorious and beautiful than you could imagine.


Chris Eke