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Topic: Green (10/22/09)
By ISAAC LIKUJI
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Some words came to give us courage when we most need it. In life, many are the times when we see situations that bury our peace and emotions under a cloud of grief. These situations are experienced on a daily basis, but sorry to say, no one has ever become an expert at it, just not to be shocked by their happening. Look at the long lonely days of old age for instance. I remember very well how, when I was a young man, I lived in a world in which the pastures of life were all green. Nothing dry was near the compounds!
I remember Lot caught up in the same situation. He looked towards the land stretching towards Sodom and the plains of Gomorrah. All what he saw were the prospects of life and accomplishment. There is often an error in this perspective. Who thought he would actually run with only a hand-ful of property from the actual! There was an option, before the decision was made. When he was with Uncle Abraham, he would have given the lot back to his big brother to choose first, (they say old is gold). Who knows, the SPIRIT of GOD leading he would have left a lasting inheritance. The blessings of the LORD make rich…. Or may be their wealth really could not sustain both of them? Or maybe, like the Lost Son, searching for freedom indeed!
There was another young man, Gehazi. He started the journey on a powerful note, ‘pouring water’ on the feet of the anointed. Was he not the one who saw seven miracles more than Elijah ever witnessed? Was he not the one who did all the financial accounting on behalf of the Man of GOD? But one situation and the story took a wrecking turn! It all started with a failed prospect. How could he even think he was wiser than the wise? Or maybe it was the ‘generation- x’ concept in the making, which tells us today, that learning is all there is to life; that the counsel of the poor is but good for ashes! How worse is leprosy, spiritual leprosy even!
These things are better understood when, after going through them, you have the time to meditate upon them. There are times we have thrown with the flying minutes, which recollect when we are just about done with life. They come back fresh and staring at us with new accusations. How would you reconcile those days long gone? Would a cheque suffice? Would a ‘sorry’ be enough? How many people would we have loved to make things right with, and they left just before we ever had, if at all there wasn’t always time to do it?
When I find myself sitting on the lawn, green as it may be, I am actually wishing it would dry up in my nose to symbolize those hostile moments I have walked through in life. At times I spend time along sidewalks, peering at the green and living, and also the dry things that make life complete. Or when I am driving, I would often pull over some meters away from a robot junction, to see for a while the routine of life; how the green things are at times misleading. Some, at a whisper of the green light, drive to beer halls, others to murderous adventures; and still others to pursue the good and green things of life. At that little signal, a Judas may be walking over to collect thirty pieces of silver!
When you are old you would know that green is a very good symbol of hope. But wisdom should teach us that it is not always very accurate. It is only in the short-term. To give hope to the farmer for a fair harvest; to give hope to the sick of prolonged life; to paint a prosperous Sodom, soon to sink into sulfur flames!
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