Not some things, ALL things. Happy New Year friends. Yes, you are my friends!!
It’s just the 5th of January and I feel like He snatched the reins of my life from me and the funny thing is I’m loving it. Actually He’s not a snatcher… Or is He? *Now I’m going to start thinking about this, trying to figure out if God snatches the reins of lives or if He takes them only when asked* … … I AM THAT I AM. He is. He can’t be put in a box. He’s not an equation to be solved. He is God. God. Now I’ll say with a bit more confidence that He snatched those reins from me!
*I love what I have with You, Lord. Please keep me in You. Vine… Branch… I’m dead without You*
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. It’s a holiday I wasn’t looking forward to. I kept saying I was coming to Lagos just for my friend’s wedding and that I wasn’t looking forward to Christmas in Lagos and the truth is I wasn’t. I said that much in my Other Side Of Christmas post. It turns out that I’ve had so much fun this holiday and the countdown to go back to NY is not being done in a rush like I thought it would be. Everything is funny, my heart is light, all the fear I had disappeared. I experienced love this holiday and I learned.
Things changed in my family. Extended. Something went wrong and I was really scared that Christmas was going to be a reminder of how bad things are and that fear and uncertainty and insecurities would prevent me from genuinely enjoying myself but : ) I have Someone looking out for me, proving to me that my emotions are just as important to Him as my health or my finances. Christmas and post-Christmas, into the New Year was full of catching up, hanging out, meeting guys *wink*, reflecting, dancing my fat away and generally having a good time.
My friend’s traditional wedding was nice. Very nice. What was even nicer was the White Wedding #DestinationTinz (lol). It was yesterday (Saturday) in Johannesburg a.k.a Jo’burg a.k.a Jozi (in South Africa) and I.was.there. I should have written on the walls everywhere, “T wuz ere”
It’s a beautiful place. My first time there and I know I want to visit again for longer next time. I left on the night of the first and got back to Lagos today. The airport was the first thing that got me when I got there. It made me think about where I had just left. I love my Lagos. My Gidi but (in Cassie’s voice) we got a long way to go. Wide streets, heavy presence of all the major stores/designers and most importantly to me a larger than life statue of Nelson Mandela! The first thing I did was go to Nelson Mandela Square and take a picture with “him”. Then I saw the movie, Long Walk To Freedom and loved him more.
The wedding was FUN! I caught the bouquet!!! LOL! When it was time for the bouquet to be tossed, I strategically positioned myself and kept shouting over the noise and music, “Follow my voice!! Follow my voice!!! I’m here!! That bouquet is for me! It is my portion!” LOLOLOLLL You should have seen the way I danced to the ground when I caught it. I couldn’t stop laughing and dancing. Then I went to my table and told the other girls that they were invited to my wedding
The highlight of the trip was the wedding and then the clubbing after the wedding. We went to a club called Taboo and I kid you not, we literally shut.the.place.down. #NigerianBehavior (I don’t know whether to cover my face in shame or be proud) Other highlights were the picture with Tata, then my visit to The Lion Park. Saw aaaaall sorts of animals- Lions and Lionesses (obviously), Hyenas, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Springbok, Impalas, Blessboks, Ostriches, Meerkats, Wild dogs and of course cubs. Lion cubs. Gosh! They are the cutest! I “interacted” with them. That’s what it’s called. Cub interaction. Stroked them and took pictures. For a split second I wanted a cub as a pet. For a split second.
He Makes All Things Beautiful.
To be continued…