Faith, Inspiration, Fire, Earthquake, Storm, Elijah, Hearing from God, Making decisions

He was not in the Fire

Yesterday morning while in the bathroom I had a wow moment. As fate would have it, later in the evening I was having a conversation with my mum and sister centred around the happenings of the morning then all of a sudden, the thoughts gradually became clearer and were now making so much sense to me.

Here I was in the morning brushing my teeth and the thought of Elijah in the Bible dropped in my mind. The bible said he was instructed by God to go to the mountains and God will pass by. (1 Kings 19:11). It was later recorded that there was a powerful wind, thereafter an earthquake, and after the earthquake, a fire but God was not in any of these events. I was trying to make sense of this when a question came to mind It went something like ‘ you know we make decisions and think God is in it right?” and I was like WOW, so true!!.
Immediately thoughts began to form in my mind.

Whilst going through that motion, I was reminded of times I, like many other Christians made decisions and went ahead with our plans in hope that Christ was involved only to realise he wasn’t.

As I was sharing with my family, I said to them: “ the best thing before making decisions or venture into a life-changing activity is to desire and seek Gods will in that situation”. Then came the question “how do I know it is not Gods will for me especially after I prayed about it and told God to give it to me?”.

My response to that was “you told God to give it to you but what if it wasn’t part of his plan for you to have it.?”. The difference here is, we are telling God what we want rather than asking what he wants us to do in the situation.

Although that’s a tough question and I probably didn’t give the best response but I know there are times we get into relationships, careers or make a life-changing decision after praying and asking. And because it came to us, we think God was involved. Sometimes he chose to go quiet and we mistake his quietness as a response

{p.s. This isn’t to say people don’t hear from God because, in fact, most people hear God and very clearly too. For these people, this comes with growth, knowledge of God and a relationship with him.}

So back to the question: how do I know God’s will? The truth is, I know God wishes for his children to prosper and be in good health and I myself struggle to comprehend what God is asking me to do at some point in my life. Other times it’s very clear but in moments when I hear nothing, when I am clueless, it’s in those moments I plead for him to guide me in making the right decisions. I also take it further by pleading with him to walk with me so I do not go out of his will.

Another thing I say to him is for him not to take me where his presence isn’t. Once that’s said, I relax and let him have his way.

To non-Christian, this might be difficult to comprehend and that’s fine. However, for those who have made decisions but didn’t hear from God and went ahead in hope that God was there think of Elijah and ask for God’s will.

“11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

Obviously, I do not mean it in the literal word as ‘me’ walking on water. But this phrase ‘Walking on water’ is one that’s been on my mind since the 10th of September and each day I am inspired to write something about it. And I know I’ve been away for a while- from social media and everything ‘online’. The time off was a much-needed space for me to reflect and most importantly work on myself. I never forgot about you though but this ‘me time’ was everything I needed and still need. Hopefully, I get to go in-depth in sharing my story on what’s happened and still happening to inspire you. So since I’ve been away let me start by saying …hey lovelies, it’s good to have you back (insert smiley face).

I have been inspired to share my thoughts on walking on water based on the encounters I had several months back. And although this phrase brings to mind the story of Jesus walking on water it, also, speaks volume to my personal journey these past months. I was listening to Mali Music ‘Walk on water’ and instantly I realised how the past months have been for me. It felt as though I have been walking on water, almost drowning.

This phrase ‘walking on water’ speaks particularly to me about life’s struggles. How we try to cope with the impossible or what seems impossible. It’s like being thrown into the ocean deep knowing fully well you are unable to swim and when thrown in, you struggle to breath, you need to survive. You fight to come out so you find a way of lifting yourself; your head a little higher, you’re happy because you catch your breath but then you find yourself going deeper and deeper again and you wonder “is this the end?” Now that’s how life can be for some people but if you are lucky, you swim out of it and come to land or you get recused by the lifeguard but sadly not everyone makes it to land.

The past months have been like that for me, one of a roller coaster, struggling to swim out of the ocean I was thrown in, and how like Peter in the Bible, I kept looking up to God to save me from drowning, and other times been so afraid that I look at the sea and I thought I was sinking, and somehow like Peter I was led back to the boat. In that moment, I literally saw God manifest himself in the most amazing way possible.

I mean sometimes God is so full of humour and he makes me laugh at how he turns everything out in one’s favour only if you trust him. So particularly for me, its been months of learning, reflecting, waiting on God and holding on to his words.

Throughout this process, I have learnt to wait on the lord and to trust his timing. I now understand that he is never too late or too early he is simply on time and whilst he is working, I am learning to be Still and just Wait.

The difficulty with all of these is, it isn’t easy to wait on someone or something when everything around you looks like it’s about to crash on you and if you do not act fast, you will crumble with it but hey I’m learning to ‘WAIT’ and ‘TRUST’ Gods timing. I will say trusting and waiting is the most difficult part for me as I am generally not a patient person but I am learning. slowly, taking baby steps.

In conclusion, although it’s been months of challenges, it has toughened and strengthened my faith and I am slowly learning not to get obsessed over how things will get resolved but trust Gods timing.

I have just returned from a trip to Dubai which by the way was an amazing experience and I enjoyed every bit of it.  So I thought “why not share my experience with you and perhaps suggest places you could visit when next you are in Dubai or if you decide to visit for the very first time. Mind you, I never thought of sharing my experience until I got back so I wasn’t really prepared for this post until later.

Before leaving for my journey, I made a list of places I wanted to visit, things I wanted to see and activities I wanted to do. But upon reaching Dubai, I got so relaxed and didn’t feel like doing a lot. I think this was probably as a result of being so busy at work, I needed to unwind and not spend most of my time outdoors.

Although this is my second visit to Dubai whenever I visit this city, there is a new development going on and as most people already know, Dubai is known for its high buildings. So I tend to relax and savour each moment when I visit.

So here are the places you could visit in the city.

Dubai Mal

Dubai Mall, NnekasChronicles, Dubai Experience, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai MallDubai is famous for its extraordinary shopping malls. You could spend a day of endless shopping in Dubai. Dubai mall is one of the largest shopping malls in the United Arab Emirate (UAE) offering a diverse retail mix. And if you don’t like shopping, the mall offers leisure attractions and entertainment.

Although one thing I’d say is, if you don’t like malls then this place will seem tiring for you but if you do then you will love this place.

Desert Safari:

Safari was my first experience when I got to Dubai but that was after I ’ve had my nail done:). The safari is an experience of the Arabian desert in a single tour.

This activity was booked over the phone as we ( my friends and I) thought it was a lot cheaper than booking online and we were lucky to be accommodated considering it was a short notice booking.  On the day, we got a pickup not too far from our 4-star hotel (Pardon me to brag a bit 🙂 ) which made the whole safari experience seamless.

The safari included activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, and dinner desserts at a campsite where we sat around a campfire and watched folk-dance show, a belly dance performance and thereafter, enjoyed the traditional Arabian dishes of which we had varieties to choose from.

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Dubai Mall, NnekasChronicles, Dubai Experience, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Dubai Mall, NnekasChronicles, Dubai Experience, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Although I tried to focus during the ride but it was scary I ended up screaming and holding onto my friends and the car door for safety.

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Dubai Mall, NnekasChronicles, Dubai Experience, Inspiration, Lifestyle, TravelAt the end of the night, we got into our 4×4 and rugged out of the desert.

 

Burj Khalifa:

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This activity was also booked from our hotel. We booked a day before and we got the morning slot to get access to the 124th floor. We went through the Dubai mall which was nice to see by the way but we did struggle to get to Burj Khalifa as we sometimes missed our turns. Before reaching the floor, we were introduced to the history of Dubai through a multimedia presentation.

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Next, we got into an elevator which travels 10 meters per second.

 

On reaching the top of the building surrounded by glass walls, we saw tourist just like us who had come to view the city. It is believed that the overall amount of concrete used in the construction of the building equals the weight of 100,000 elephants and is the tallest building in the world.

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Dubai Mall, NnekasChronicles, Dubai Experience, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

 

Gold Souk:

 Permit me to narrate my experience leading up to this journey. So on my return from my first trip, my landlord (at the time) asked about my journey and I narrated my experience. And then he asked, “did you get to visit the gold souk I told you about?” I was like “oh no I didn’t, it was so hot and I didn’t feel like going out” (I guess at this point you might wonder why I go on trips if I end up staying indoor right?). Oh gosh, my landlord was not having it. He nearly bite off my ear as he never stopped going on about what I missed “how couldn’t you visit the Gold souk” he would say.

So on my recent visit, I literally dragged myself to the gold souk in Deira in other to fulfil all righteousness and tick that off my bucket list.

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The Gold Souk is considered one of the main attraction in Dubai. You might find this place interesting even if you’re not a Gold or jewellery fan.

Well, those who know me so well would know I’m not a ‘gold fan’ but I visited the place to see what it looks like. Not bad considering some of the shops offer diamonds, platinum and sometimes silver jewellery which are all genuine. Another thing I like about the gold market is that you can beat the price with the dealer until you come to an agreement.

Boat Cruise:

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I have always wanted to go on one of these and missed the opportunity the first time I visited. But on my second visit, going on a boat cruise was definitely a top priority for me as well as visiting Burj Khalifa.

With the cruise, you can choose from a range of boat cruises and find something that suits you as well as your budget.

I wasn’t satisfied with the boat booked over the phone so I took a tour around the boat station (not sure what the area is called) and spoke to different people to see what they offered and the sitting position because I needed a private and quiet area. I eventually got what I wanted.

I enjoyed a beautiful evening under the sky and took in the glittering skyline whilst enjoying the view and city sights.

Aside from the beautiful view, the cruise had onboard activities such as Tanoura dance, Magic show and Doll dance to keep guest entertained.

Also, the buffet was nice. I was a bit sceptical about dinning but once I gave it a try, I was pleased.

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Beach

Finally the beach. The beach was a good one for me. The only downside, however, were the prices of things. As soon as we got to the seaside, prices of things doubled. Which wasn’t really nice- I guess that’s how they make their money so be mindful of this when going to the beach. That was the only turn off for me. Aside from that, it was good to walk around the beach, savour nature, take great pictures and create good memories.

So my advice to you before going on a Dubai trip or any trip for that matter is to plan ahead and check out the prices of things so you are well informed. I know we love to pamper ourselves when we go on holidays but make sure you spend within your budget so you don’t incur debt.

So there you have it. Places you could visit in Dubai.

Let me know what your experience was like going on holiday and if you’ve ever visited Dubai, let me know the activities you enjoyed and didn’t in the comment below.

 

 

 

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