When he is not on stage hosting one of Tanzania’s biggest Youth Event: Jeans and T-Shirt , Lee Bananuka works for TV1 Tanzania as a Business Development Manager. He is Upbeat and extremely Intelligent,a lover of Coffee and People.Enjoy!
I remember taking my infant daughter for her first vaccine shot.
The moment that needle broke through her skin, she released the first real full volume cry i’d ever heard from her.
As she bawled and wailed, I realised how impossible it would be for her to understand. It was literally the most pain she had ever experienced in her life. And her parents were right there letting her experience it.
How do you explain a lifetime to someone who has been alive a week? How do you explain diseases to someone who so far has known only the warmth of a blanket and the comfort of the breast?
And as I watched her scream and cry as we were trying to safeguard her future, I asked myself something. How often have I put God in this same position?
The difference of perspective between me and Isabelle though vast, is probably at times nothing compared to the difference of perspective between myself and my Father in heaven.
Have I often wept and cried in shock and pain when my Father was in fact right there letting my heart be broken for the sake of a future I was too immature to see?
A vaccine is usually a weakened version of a deadly disease. Something that your body can fight and in so doing prepare itself against the full fledged disease of it ever comes knocking.
Perhaps the pain I’ve experienced in the past was God allowing me to taste the fruit of my own flaws while I was still young.
I remember the first breakup I experienced. The first lousy report card. The first passing of a loved one. I remember the soul crushing pain of all that but today its different.
Now it’s my first experience with the fruit of mistrust, jealousy and broken self-esteem. Now its the lesson of overconfidence and laziness. Now it’s the discovery of the importance of empathy, generosity and love.
Can we trade our temporal perspective for His eternal one today? Can we look upwards in our experiences and seek to see as He sees?
In the bible Paul takes such persecutions as I can’t wrap my head around. Stoning, lashes, rejections, imprisonment, shipwrecking and I’m sure there’s more. How? Because he had seen that “all things work together for good”
The bible says Jesus endured His own persecution, torture and execution “For the sake of the joy set before Him”
A God-perspective does not put you above trials, but it puts you above bitterness.Bitterness is a kind of soil that will poison and corrupt every harvest of your heart.
A God-perspective creates a heart of gratitude.
Gratitude, or “in all things give thanks” is the will of God for your life.