Can you recall listening to a weather forecast stating that it will rain in an area at a particular period, and you judiciously went out with your umbrella, yet not a single drop of water fell on the ground, let alone a drizzle? What about the day you were made to expect sunshine but ended up soaked in a heavy downpour? It came abruptly; there was no single sign in the cloud to prepare you for it; it was sudden. I have been in similar situations several times in my life, and here is one of such.
My third pregnancy, unlike the first and second, was very eventful. I was always in and out of hospital for one reason or another. I was later advised by my doctor to do a scan, which after I did, revealed that the baby was a boy- as if that was the cause of my pain. For me, the gender was not the issue; I just wanted a healthy baby. After taking various dosages of drugs to alleviate my pains, doctors became a bit worried that it might affect the baby, so I had to do two more scans which revealed to the doctors that the baby was still very healthy, and was a boy. In preparation for the bouncing baby boy, I decided to go shopping, buying things in colors blue and green. I can even remember the cute white outfit I bought for his naming ceremony. It was a period in the U.S when sales were reduced by 75%, so I went on a shopping spree. “Surely, this is a favored child” I said to myself. Then came the D-day of delivery; I went through some hours of labor, and when that was over, the doctor exclaimed, “Congratulations! It’s a girl! I couldn’t help it but to smile. And say repeatedly “A girl?… girl?… after three different scans by different doctors, both home and abroad?… how could they have missed it?” I thought. I can still remember vividly the day one of the doctors, after conducting a scan, pointed at the screen, showing me different parts of the baby, to further prove that it was a boy. Though I nodded in agreement, I didn’t see what he saw. I just didn’t want to appear ignorant. This made me think about the number of people who have nodded in agreement to people’s wrong reports about them.
With my baby in my arms, I couldn’t help but marvel at the greatness of God. He is indeed the only one that sees the true picture of every situation. He knows all things; He never makes mistakes. So if I may ask, “what is the forecast for this year?” You may study the situation around you and hazard a guess. You may even rack your brain and form a theory. Relax, don’t allow your present circumstances dictate your future. The one who knows the end from the beginning is already at work, and has promised; “Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end will increase abundantly” (Job 8:7, NKJV). Be expectant. God is set to do a new thing in your life. The God of a fresh start is ready to start afresh with you. So refuse to listen to negative voices that try to predict your future. Instead, seek the Almighty forecaster- He’ll give you a perfect forecast. So regardless of the prevailing circumstances, the things you can see or cannot see, Tell yourself that the best is yet to come. That is the divine forecast.