Divine Encounter E23 min read
Emeka listened attentively to the young man and felt compassion for him; he could only imagine the strain and unhappiness the man was experiencing at that moment. As he patiently waited for him to pour out his heart because it was obvious the man just wanted to tell it all, he felt a nudge to ask the man what he had studied in the University. He knew it was not emotions but the Holy Spirit. The organisation where he was currently working as a Human Resource personnel was looking for someone who studied ‘Business Administration’ and had a minimum of a four-year post NYSC experience in that field. The person his organisation was looking for would have the responsibility of heading the new unit for ‘Internal Administration’. The benefits would include accommodation, a brand new car, tickets for three members of the immediate family to go anywhere in the world every year and a seven-figure salary. ‘So Oga if you don’t mind my asking, what did you study in school?’, Emeka asked. ‘I do not mind at all o. I studied Business Administration and also have an MBA’, Folayemi said with a hint of curiosity. Emeka went on to tell him that they had a vacancy in his organisation which they were just going to make public and needed someone with his qualifications; since he had earlier told him he had worked in his current organisation for six years. Emeka asked if he could get his updated ‘CV’ by the next day. He gave his contact details and promised to be waiting the next day.
Emeka went on to tell him that he did not believe their meeting was a coincidence; he was to have been in the office at that hour but was delayed by an impromptu meeting at his home that morning. He was also not going to pass that particular route but the Spirit of God asked him to pass the route and when he saw the incident with the ‘okada’, he was not going to stop but the same Holy Spirit reminded him that where he was headed was not more important than helping Folayemi. As he listened to him pour out his heart, he also heard the same Holy Spirit instruct him to ask what he studied. ‘So you see brother, no coincidence at all. This meeting was arranged by God Himself’, Emeka said smiling. Folayemi was too overwhelmed; he could not believe that the God he thought was non-existent had him in mind. Just when he thought he had come to the end of his life, God set up a ‘divine encounter’ just for him. With tears streaming down Folayemi’s face he asked Emeka to please redirect his path to this awesome God. Emeka instantly took his hands and led him to Christ. It was an overwhelming moment for both men; they embraced as new brothers in Christ. Emeka instantly found the church bulletin from the Sunday before and told Folayemi he would be waiting for him or better still, he could pick up both Folayemi and his wife for the next Sunday’s service.
The next day, Folayemi went to the organisation to submit ‘CV’ and in less than two weeks, the selecting committee found him worthy for the new position. His life that he thought had come to a standstill was just beginning, all because of this awesome God. Folayemi had come to know of the Lord’s faithfulness. Indeed, delay was not denial. His God had proved that He was indeed the author and finisher of Folayemi’s faith and only He knew Folayemi’s end from his beginning. ‘Praise be to God!’.