Christmas and babies

Christmas and babies

Having a baby at home has really deepened my Christmas. Watching her and her antics and how helpless she is makes me appreciate more and more just how awesome the Christmas story is.

How is it that the Creator of the Universe not just became man but a baby? It seems almost insane! What can a baby do? He/she can’t talk, walk, sit, stand or run let alone fight….and God sent His son to conquer sin and the devil.

But it shows God’s wisdom which surpasses the wisdom of this world. It was not war or fighting that would win the battle for men’s hearts but love…..pure unconditional love….which is best expressed by a mother taking care of an infant.

She breastfeeds, baths, cleans, changes and plays with her baby without ever hearing a word of thanks or even knowing for sure what exactly is wrong with baby.   Her life is completely disrupted and she has to adjust so baby is comfortable…..and this has to be done over and over again…..because baby is helpless and can do nothing.

Guess God was right after all…..at the appointed time, God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law. The best gift to give out this season is the message of redemption. Tis the reason for the season!

Christus is born! Rejoice! Glory to God in the highest!

24/12/16
Angela Azumah Alu, Te

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On change

On change

On change

Change has happened in Ghana….for good or for bad, we don’t know yet, only that it has happened. But that is not the subject for this article. What is then?

Well, lessons I learnt from the whole election story and how to apply those to my own life. I learnt that sometimes, no matter how things seem stacked against you, when it is just your time…..things will happen for you. I mean remember all the issues NPP has had to deal with from having to suspend their party chair and general secretary to many many other issues. No matter how bad things are, you can still win.

Then I learnt also about not giving up. Nana Addo has wanted to be president for God knows how long. It’s always seemed to elude him….yet by not giving up…at age 72 he finally is. Do I have an option? I’m not even 30 yet….so giving up is not even a question.

About how your opponents can do a lot for you….well, NDC actually did a lot for NPP by all the impunity and the many lies they told. Till it was so bad that even usually “non political” individuals like my friends Esther and Sophia all become very political and really wanted them out. Since many young people felt their intelligence had been insulted too much, they rallied behind the NPP and that made all the difference. Ghana is a youthful nation after all.

I learnt also that even your “world bank” can disappoint you. No one likes to  be taken for granted….as many NDC MPs and the NDC as a whole found out when the results came out. Warning to all democratically elected leaders: if you ignore us, we will vote you out. Same goes for all other leaders. God even promised to come as the Good Shepherd because the leaders had failed his people.

Finally lesson is not just to talk about change but to prepare for it. When you are working toward a goal, know what you will actually do when you get there….so you don’t get it and can’t deliver. On that note, I wish all winners in this election all the best…to the losers, better luck next time (if there is a next time). If not, change has still happened, enjoy it.

Remember, God is the only one who does not change and that is why we are not destroyed. His love and mercy endure forever. Trust in Him alone.

Peace

Angela Azumah Alu, 10/12/16
Legon

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On anticipation and planning

On anticipation and planning

I’m a serial planner…..that’s me. I love to tick things off my list. It makes me feel in control of my circumstances…no matter how small. I feel productive and feel like I’m making a difference. I think, it’s a carry over from the melancholic side of me trying to control the sanguine. I’m sure there may be lots of reasons assigned for why that may happen anyway.

Well, the point of this article is actually the opposite of the title. It’s not about planning. So though, my rational melancholic side will vouch for planning….from planning my days to weeks to months to years….and do my best to achieve them, I have found out and continue to find out that “best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley”. To wit, the best laid plans of Angie do not often happen.

I have found out that for the things that do not happen as I wish, especially where God is concerned, I get much better than I ever expected although it doesn’t even seem like that in the beginning. And yet sometimes, because I have already made up my mind, I get very disappointed when I do not get what I planned for and do not see what God has given me. I have spent many a time crying over things which I realized only made me stronger in the end and were much better than what I asked.

So what brought on this article? A rather interesting discussion is going on with myself and a friend about life choices. I don’t quite get why it started but I seem to have taken the view that planning is the all and he’s coming from the perspective of not being bogged down by your choices.

This evening, one of my girl friends put up a update on our whatsapp page. Our outreach to St. Catherine’s SHS (which I have already prepared my talk for and cancelled a funeral for) will not come off. Well, two ways of looking at it: either get disappointed that it won’t come off or appreciate the free Saturday and make the best of it.

There are many more examples of things that do not go exactly as we planned and of situations in which what we end up with is even better than what we planned for. So what’s my point in all of this?

That by all means plan and prepare….in fact commit your ways to God but by all means remember that by His sovereign will He knows what is best for you and thus will lead you there if only you give Him first place in your life. And because He knows the end from the beginning, He’s the best person to trust your life with.

Is there anything that is too hard for Him? No there is nothing. Do you think your sins impossible to forgive? They are not. Remember He forgave David for coveting, adultery, bearing false witness and murder. Will He not forgive you if you turn to Him? Do you think your sickness  is impossible to heal? No, it is not. He is the divine healer. Are your children wayward and you feel God cannot bring them back? Guess who the father of prodigal you and I is? He is more than able. Do you feel abandoned by Him? He promises never to forsake us. Only turn to Him. There are many more examples I could give but remember there is nothing that is too hard for Him. Only turn to Him and see how lavish His mercy is.

Peace.

Angela Azumah Alu
9/9/16, Legon

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