The last couple of days in Zim have really been quite unsettling. Prices going up, fuel queues, bank charges going up, unbalanced multi payment methods because of cash shortages. Panic, fear, anxiety, stress, confusion..
As Zimbabweans, what do we do?
1 – Moan about the things we have no control over and quit?
2 – Put on the fighting armour that we have hard earned over the years and persevere?
Many of us feel like we have no more strength left to keep fighting. Surely it’s been long enough. Honestly it is tough living with so much uncertainty. It is hard to remain positive when everything around you seems impossible. How do you provide for your family? how do you grow your business? how do you look after sick people with the sad state of the medical environment? How do you pay school fees? Being in a petrol queue at 8:30pm is not fun but over the years of living in Zim in these harsh times I have learnt that there is something we can do.
I don’t know why things are the way they are, but I do know I don’t want to live a miserable life and have my moods dictated by circumstances I have no control over. I am determined that the condition of my joy is mine.
I remember playing cricket in school and the other team would bring out their fast bowlers. As the batting team, we couldn’t decide how the other team bowled. We might have preferred the spin bowlers or slow bowlers but we couldn’t ask them not to bowl so fast.
It’s not easy facing the fast balls coming at us but we know that we either face the balls coming our way or get bowled out. We’ve been in this innings long enough to expect the constant curve balls. We’ve been hard pressed on every side, crushed down but not destroyed.
Actually, it’s not a time to be defensive and just prevent ourselves from not coming out. It’s time now to start scoring runs. It’s time to start hitting SIXES!!! It’s time to take control over our emotions and not allow them to get tossed to and fro.
I am tired of waiting for the right conditions to live my dreams. Today is the day of our salvation. If we keep looking at the sky for rain and not planting the seeds, eventually when we do see the rain clouds it will be too late.
It is time for us to be courageous! No matter what comes at us, lets remain fixed on the fact that we are not coming out. Bouncer, yorka, in-swinger, head hunter, full toss, I don’t care how many times the ball hits me, I will continue going!
I don’t know how long this season will last but it will pass. God created the seasons and there is a reason why we have Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring. Many of us don’t like winter but we know that it’s going to come and it’s going to pass and we embrace that season and get through it.
We will get through this season! But let’s not just make it through, let’s get through it exceptionally. Let’s do as much as we can to keep going that when we look back, we will not regret the effort we made while things were tough, continually maintaining a good attitude. Let’s look back in the future and be glad we stuck it out and never gave up, developing impeccable character along the way.
RESILIENCE for Zimbabweans is not what we do, it is who we are. WE ARE RESILIENT!
Zimbabwe! Let us pursue our dreams amidst all this chaos! The Lord prepares a table for us in the midst of our enemies. Let our hearts not be troubled and not allow fear any room in our lives. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of Power, Love and a Sound Mind. May we put on our full armour and keep fighting for righteousness. Let us keep speaking life in to our beloved nation. The storm WILL cease and we WILL MAKE IT! May the name of the Lord always be glorified! God Bless Zimbabwe!