When Strange Storms Rage

On the 9th of February 2022, I woke up at about 4:30 am and had a strong push in my heart to pray for my mother who was battling gastric cancer. I was still in my prayer mood when I got a call from my elder sister that my mom was in a critical condition and had been placed on life support.

I sent messages to some of my friends to pray for my mom while I set out to go see her at the hospital.
By the time I got to the hospital, she had passed on. I wept bitterly looking at my mom’s lifeless body on the hospital bed. I refused to be consoled until I sensed a divine atmosphere around me and I saw my mom smiling in heaven. I quickly wiped away my tears knowing that she is in a place of eternal bliss where there is no pain or sickness.

I remembered that I still saw her the weekend before her death, I never imagined that I won’t speak to her again. God knows best.

We had to bury her three days after her death. After the funeral, I had to resume back to work. The pressure became too much on me and I started having some strange symptoms. I was scared for my life because of the backlog of health issues I was dealing with before then.

I was recommended to go for two major medical procedures barely three weeks after my mom’s burial.

In all of this, I was dealing with a toxic work environment. It was as if all hell was let loose. I couldn’t pray as I used to. I became emotionally numb. I had to resort to deep Bible study and occasional worship.

It’s tough to sustain a joyful atmosphere amid strange storms and painful experiences but I constantly had to remind myself that joy is my perpetual atmosphere and I can’t lose it even if I’m going through hell and high waters.

I’m still trusting God for victory over all the situations that are threatening my joy but through it all, I rejoice.

While I was meditating on God’s word this morning, I was inspired to write this short piece.

Joy is the seal of God’s presence.
It’s the atmosphere of heaven.
Heaven is where God lives.
So, because God lives within me.
I am heaven’s expression on earth.
Even if I am going through hell,
God still lives in and with me.
I will never forget who I am.
I will never lose my joy.
I am heaven’s expression on earth.
I perpetually host God’s presence.
Joy is my eternal atmosphere.

I hope to fully get back on my feet emotionally. But in the meantime, I will keep basking in the joy of God’s presence.

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Habakkuk 3:17 KJV

Have a great one, friends.
Love and light,
Adeleke Adeite

17 thoughts on “When Strange Storms Rage”

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a mom no matter how old WE are, it is one of the most difficult losses we must live through. She is at peace, resting in the arms of her saviour .
    I pray your health improves and relationships at work ease for the better.

    🙏🏻I constantly had to remind myself that joy is my perpetual atmosphere and I can’t lose it even if I’m going through hell and high waters.🙏🏻
    Strong heart and mental strength.
    A very powerful piece on the meaning of Joy.
    Heaven is where God lives – thank you for this reassuring message and Joy is our atmosphere.
    In your grief, you come to us with a blessing, balm for our own aches, indeed God is our strength.
    It’s been months since I read Habakkuk 3:17, thank you for bringing the word.
    Love ❤ and Light🙏🏻

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  2. Adeleke, I am so very sorry to learn of the loss of your mother and your health concerns. Your faith and love are amazing to hear, and they are heard in every post you write. My genuine care is with you as you continue to navigate these losses. I am glad you hold your faith and joy. 💗💗💕💗💗

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