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Cherry, is the God given gift to Cris, that was the very tool He used to preserve his life on that stormy Friday night. The very blessings He gives can be the very ones through which He reveals Himself to us.

I can still smell the all-black interior in that fiiiine crimson red Mitsubishi Evo X. Cherry was a beast, ey! Loved her!

Every single time for a week after the accident, I’d pass by the very spot and it’d all come to me afresh. I was on my way to Kisumu to condole with my bereaved friend when I got a distress call about my brother’s accident. A few seconds after the close to two-minute phone call, the photos of a badly wrecked Cherry were in my Whatsapp. I froze and kind of numbed while my trembling hands tried to dial Cris’ number. He was ‘mteja’. I tried Mum; she picked up and could hear the feebleness in my voice, which had her knowing that I had received the news. In her usual calm demeanour, she affirmed me that Cris was completely alright, unharmed and even asleep at home. You know, I’ve always wished I had teleporting powers, but never this badly. I wanted to be home so badly but the soonest I could be, was the next day.

Cherry, is the God given gift to Cris, that was the very tool He used to preserve his life on that stormy Friday night.

Karibu hapa.

This particular statement flew from the four corners of the table over dinner on Sunday night. All of us unanimously agreed that “ni mali ya dunia”. More than anything, we were truly so grateful that Cris was not only alive but unharmed. But there was more that God was teaching us, besides powerfully revealing His hand of protection and cover.

Cris’ story juxtaposed Tracy’s story. I did 4 years of high school with the very vibrant, happy-go-lucky Tracy Wambui, whose young life was taken in a car crash that happened barely three days before Cris’. It was such an interesting place to be; right in the middle of two contrasting realities – celebrating a life and mourning another. It was quite confusing for my emotions but also very enlightening on just how life can really be – quite the cocktail. Story for another day. Probably.

Does God want us to have nice things? Is he okay with us enjoying life’s pleasures even as we keep our hearts fixated on Him? Or should the life of a Christian be the chapped, shriveled and wretched version? Where do “mali ya dunia” and God connect, if at all they do?

18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 5:18-19

I have seen it with my folks, and many people around me, how acquired material wealth serves as a blessing to make life easier and happier, and how God has proved His love through provision in this kind. Nonetheless, I have witnessed too, how material wealth can distract us from the Giver and end up destroying lives. Bottom-line and harshly so, regardless of how you see it and what end of this spectrum you lie, in the end, we leave them all here.

God, as Creator of all, is rich. His all-powerful voice can command things into being in our lives. He wants for us to live well and flourish on this earth but above all, He wants our worship. Appreciating your material wealth as a blessing from God to be used in ways that glorify him is one thing, but when this same wealth separates you from God and stifles your spiritual growth then this is an altogether different matter. Jesus is speaking to the negative aspects of riches in the Parable of the Sower when he warns that we can be “choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures.” (Luke 8:14).

God miraculously gave Cherry into the hands of my heavily car-enthusiast brother in early 2018. We were all in awe at just how it all transpired for this 19-year old fireball, but we saw God show Himself to him through his dire passion for cars and throughout the year, He opened doors for Him that constantly left us agape, though deep down we strongly knew that God was up to something. But on the last month of the year, I saw my brother’s heart tear into pieces as He watched a written-off Cherry towed on a flatbed. And for a moment there, he felt like his dream had been shattered. The enemy got him right at the very spot. It hurts to say of how some mocked him and blamed him for the accident. Sigh..they don’t even know..they don’t even know the story..they don’t even know what God has done for us. I’ve always known he was fierce and brave, but the way Cris rose above the turmoil totally amazed me.

God revealed to us – Mum, Dad, Cris and I..that unfortunately, everything that happened was meant to happen because, our battle is really not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world. (If you know you know..) And Cherry, ‘the mali ya dunia’ that in the eyes of men, Cris didn’t deserve, was the very vessel that God used to preserve His life that the enemy was after. If you know that car, then you know what I mean. It’s a car built for safety. And yes, we all did love that fine car yaani, wah. We loved her. (This was also a chance for us to be checked on our attachment issues..hehe). But we love Cris more. Not even the heftiest insurance can bring a life back but hii ‘mali ya dunia’, inakuja ikienda.

I’ve struggled to pen this one but I hope it makes sense.

I share this to bring you to see that God’s ways are higher than our ways. He is not out to make us suffer. He means well for all of us and He works it all together for the good of those who love Him. Yes, many die day in day out in this man-made vessels, and in unfortunate instances of human error – but I have come to see another perspective to this – God can use this same same ‘mali ya dunia’ to show Himself strong. He did it for us. He does it in different ways for different people, but HE DOES IT.

As I keep flipping through the pages of this thing called life, one thing rings true and dominant, GOD REIGNS. In it all, He is good. In it all, He works His will. In it all, to all who love Him, He will never leave nor forsake.

And to my amazing loving brother, I love you and I thank God for you <3!


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