As I walked into my spin class this week; the first time in over seven months due to the COVID restrictions, I saw my regular mates who welcomed me with enthusiasm. It was great being back in class and the exercise wasn’t too unbearable (apart from reuniting my African frame with the bike saddle which was more of an issue as the class progressed?).

As the class finished my trainer engaged me in a socially distanced conversation with some classmates listening in. She said; ‘Bola, what do you make of all the hardships of the moment? I have been looking forward to knowing your thoughts.’ to which I responded, ‘God is still in control.’ She then said, ‘Funny you said that. A few weeks ago, I was discussing with a friend and I informed her that anytime I get confused and discouraged, I get my little bible out and just open to any page and read. Most of the time, I get comfort and peace whenever I read it. After telling my friend, she decided to give it a try. I got a call from her a couple of days ago with her telling me she’d ordered her own bible too. She was so excited I had to bring mine out to start reading.’

As if that was not enough, she said she stumbled across her small bible given to her by her godmother 51 years ago and she just added these coincidences together to mean she is meant to start reading her bible. So, she started that night, and as she expected; she got comfort and a sense of peace from the bible. As we concluded the conversation with me telling her that truly the bible is a book of comfort and I’ll even send her more comforting words from it to aid reading and studying, I started thinking of the faithfulness of God and His continued interest in us all, whether we are new to faith, seeking God in faith or have been in faith for a while. Every time we look for Him, He makes Himself known and available to us.

Gods’ word in Jeremiah 29:12-14 says

In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes……(NLT)

GOD is forever close to as many as will look for Him. He will reveal Himself to us and give us peace and comfort in troubled times. His words are always apt and His mind never hidden from anyone seeking to find Him.

For me, it’s comforting to know that we have a God who is interested in granting His peace, direction, instructions, assistance and grace in troubled times. I pray the revelation of the presence of the Lord in your life and around you at this time in Jesus name

God is on your side!




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