Trotro Diaries #3 – The Sermon On The Bus

I happened to get to the station late so ended up missing out on sitting in the front seat as I always do. Fortunately and unfortunately for me, I ended up cramped in the middle of two guys: one with a smelly and sweaty fragrance (if that’s even possible) and the other with a sweaty and kind of nice fragrance. I tried to put my head down, but the sweaty and smelly guy (who I’d henceforth refer to as SS) would not put his arm down and even when he did, my head could still not stay down.

Unfortunately for me, our regular bus preacher had become very familiar with me. To the extent that he asks me where I’m going if I happen to intentionally pass by the bus headed for my destination just to go get some “3broa yatutu” aka “roasted maize”. Because he’d become familiar with me, he gets into the habit of looking into my face for some confirmation or what not – I can’t even tell whilst preaching. It was in a bid to avoid his gaze that I wanted to try putting my head down but since Mr SS wouldn’t let me, I pretended to be doing something on my phone whilst listening to him. And the message he shared, as always touched me and opened my mind to certain ways of thinking that I’d never travelled on before.

His sermon today was about assignments. Not homework or midsem assignments, but life assignments. He started off by saying ” Whatever problem God has put you on earth to solve, that is your assignment”, speaking about how God wouldn’t give you an assignment without making provision for you to be able to achieve it. But the part where I absolutely loved was the Joseph story from Genesis 40: 4 – 23; 41: 1- 14, from which he made some very powerful observations and points:

  1. If you want to fulfil your assignment, you need to pay attention to other’s dreams rather aside your own dreams. I.e. to say that, in helping others achieve or make sense of their dreams, you end up being able to fulfil yours as well. Joseph couldn’t have the break to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams if he hadn’t interpreted that of those who stayed with him. And he couldn’t have helped them interpret their dreams if he wasn’t paying them much attention to know them and discover when they were discouraged or distressed, enough for him to step in and want to help.
  2. Your assignment has to do with serving others. Joseph had dreamt about his own future but had no idea how that future was gonna manifest. I doubt he was even aware that it was his being sold into slavery or shut up in prison that would cause the dream he’d had to come to pass. If you tend to focus on just yourself because you have this big dream, you’d end up unable to achieve the dream and make the impact you’re supposed to. Because it takes people to position themselves and provide resources assigned to them by God to help you bring your dream to fruition. Don’t underestimate the power of supporting others when it comes to accomplishing your dreams. Learn to treat people well and keep your conscience upright, and your dream/assignment would be on its way to total fulfilment.
  3. Don’t be afraid of situations that go contrary to your dreams/assignments: Life sometimes is such that, you would never be able to understand what would happen next or how it will happen. It takes a person with faith and trust in God to continually walk a path even though the hurdles are mind-boggling and feet stumbling (hehehe). Sometimes, the path to your dream/assignment accomplishment would run through the “lungulungu” part of town, instead of the straight route, so be prepared for all circumstances and look for the best out of each happening. The end is definitely going to be glorious if that is God’s will for you.
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These were the nuggets I could recall from that encounter, seeing I’ve waited 3 good days to unleash the nuggets, life happened to some of them so I guess I forgot.

Another lesson I took away from this particular trotro is that, when people want to be fake, nothing can stop them, they’ll go all the way up. So there were these two guys in front of me talking: one had a very heavy Nigerian accent and they spoke freely, but immediately the bus took off, it’s like they’d suddenly become “new creation”. Their accent and tone just changed drastically, they were sounding like people who’d lived in Britain their whole lives. You should have seen the shock written all over my face when I realised the drama they were staging. Cause along the journey, one guy got calls and spoke flawless Twi without an accent, but the moment he switched to English, the “slur” just came. Like I mean, it was their natural flow, like he wasn’t the one speaking flawless Twi, a minute ago. sistren and Brethren, don’t get fooled by these fake people erh, they are all around us.


3broa yatutu – Roasted maize
Lungulungu – Short Cut Route

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