And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
Halima can’t stop talking about going to America after her acceptance. All day and night she dreams about independent student life in America.
Mom, I can’t wait to wear my African attire. Isn’t it pretty?
Halima hugged her mom as Mr. Toure stood at the door admiring the bond between mother and daughter. Halima turned around and saw him.
Daddy, welcome home. Hope you had a great day at work.
I did indeed, my most prized jewel.
Mr. Toure embraced his family as he wondered what his kinsman had to say at the town hall meeting called that evening.
As the meeting began one of the elders spoke,
Mr. Toure, our beloved brother, we are so happy and proud of our daughter, Halima and all her achievements. May God bless her, and our ancestors be with her. But, as you know, no female has never left this town alone in pursuit of education. That’s why we want to discuss the implications this may have for our daughters.
Standing Firm in Perseverance
Mr. Toure stood up and thanked everyone.
I am truly grateful to be part of such a great community and to have you as my kinsmen, and I understand your concern. We all remember the gossip after her rejection last year, and Halima has shown nothing but integrity, love, and commitment to all of us in this town. My daughter worked hard for her dream to further her education and I will support her.
The elders responded, Oh, no brother, we also supported her throughout the years but now she must consider settling down like the rest of her mates.
Mr. Toure stood up and thanked everyone and left the meeting with his family. He was deeply troubled by what was said.
Halima woke up and rushed to the bathroom to get ready for her farewell party, though the party was not until evening. Halima wore a multicolored dress with a beaming smile that could warm even the heart of a stranger.
As the time came for the party go begin, tables were set awaiting the arrival of guests. Halima and her father stood at the gate to welcome people. It was a sunny day as Halima and her father stood smiling. The hours passed, they soaked in sweat, yet no one greeted them. Their perseverance was quite admirable.
When Strangers Became the main Guests
After Mr. Toure left the meeting his kinsmen agreed not to let their families attend the farewell party because that would encourage their daughters to follow in Halima’s footsteps.
Their immediate neighbors were the only people who came. Halima felt very disappointed as she and her father joined the rest as the party began. Just then a bus broke down filled with students from a nearby town traveling for a sporting event. It was getting late and they wanted to use the restroom, refresh and sleep until a mechanic fixed the bus.
Mr. Toure invited them to join the party. There’s plenty for everyone who wants to eat.
Halima remembered the parable of the banquet and her spirit rejoiced.
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ Luke 14:16-20
She enjoyed her farewell and thanked God for the strangers that made her feel loved.
The Moral of the Story
You rarely foresee challenges or troubles coming your way, but as long as you’re steadfast in the Lord, He’ll show up when you least expect. Halima thought that it was going to be a lonely party and all the food prepared for the guests would be wasted, but God had another plan in mind.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Keep in mind that sometimes your own kinsmen may turn their back on you, but God will always be for you. Halima and her father could have canceled the farewell and indulged in self-pity, but they persevered till the end and God showed up.
God will always complete what he began. It may not be how you pictured, but he’ll finish what he started. Keep doing your best because “There’s Beauty in Perseverance’.
Thank you for reading. Stay Blessed Always!