Divine Affliction

Many people wonder how I met the President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy William Ruto, First lady Margret Kenyatta, getting formal invitations to state house etc. It is just the same way Joseph found himself in Potifar’s house, it just didn’t happen and the means/how God made it happen wasn’t the best of experience to Joseph. That is how it happened. Some people doing you wrong to embarrass and frustrate you but God using it as your stepping stone.
Let me just share the first one today and the other experiences later on.
I want to share the path God used to connect me with the First Lady. There was an event at KICC and alot of bad things had consistently happened in the past few months and my wife and I were consistently praying and fasting for God to open another path for me. Life was difficult and sometimes even affording train fare from Githurai to town was a problem. I remember one evening I walked from Ruaraka to Githurai and at some point I broke into tears as I could not get anyone to send me fare.
A day before the KICC event I was very sick and low spirited because of how things were happening around me and my colleagues were busy rehearsing the presentations for the First lady. I had already handed over my resignation and serving my notice actually this was my last day in office. I was not to appear anywhere as a participant or represent the organization in any way. Very nice Power point slides were prepared and all colleagues were in the right mood looking forward to the day. I was not to play any role in the event.
On a Saturday morning everyone headed to KICC and surprises begun. The laptop that had the slides together with LCD Projector got lost and allegations were that I stole them. Of all the people Steve stealing from the office. A laptop, LCD projector and crate of empty bottles of soda missing with allegations being that Steve the born again person stole them. It was very painful as a believer having such allegations made on you. There was confusion and the person who was set to give the presentation refused to do it like 10 minutes to the event. Now, the First lady was there, Governor Kidero, Senator Sonko, CS Health Macharia, US and UK Ambassadors etc.
Immediately I was told to make the presentation which I was not part of the planning team and didn’t have a clue of what was to be shared. Immediately I faced the guests, greeted them, made a joke to the First lady and when she laughed I shared a bit of my endevour to see Kenyans embrace a Culture of Safety, my desire to see every Kenyan learn First aid Skills in Primary School and have First Aid introduced in the curriculum. I made a 5 minutes presentation and the First Lady said, ‘You are truly an Ambassador of Safety’ and they all clapped. As you are aware now in the new curriculum First Aid skills is included in the life skills part of which she promised then to follow up. At the end of the event I was a hero and later when we met in other events and even at her Landmark office she always remembers the passion I had in Safety.
Had my colleagues not pulled out and fixed me ‘nijikaange’, I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to push the agenda and get such connections which I have benefited from all through.
Romans8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Joseph’s brothers didn’t know that selling their brother as a slave was connecting him to his great destiny. They meant it for harm but God meant it for good.
My colleagues meant to disgrace me but God meant it for good because it is through that event that I got a platform to rise to what I do today.
My friend, people, friends, family members and even your partner can purpose to ruin and disgrace you. They can use any means to pull you down and push you to the wall. They put you in a little box and cover you over with dirt and rocks but the Lord will use the same people to prepare your stage and they are the same people who will clap and arrange the tables that you will dine on. Do not give up.
Are you perplexed, frustrated, or maybe even devastated over events or things that have happened to you? Your life may seem like an unsolved puzzle, but God knows where every piece fits into his good plan. Maybe you’ve been trying to take your situation out of God’s hand and work it into your own design. God is the Master artist who composed the picture of your life, and he will complete it if you let him.

You can trust that God never makes mistakes or lets anything slip through the cracks—even when calamity and heartache strike. God loves you. He has the power to do what you never dreamed possible. He is bringing about a wonderful plan for your life. He is working everything—yes, even that!—for your good.

God knows the future, and His desires will be accomplished. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’” (Isaiah 46:10). Even when things seem chaotic and out of control, God is still in charge. We sometimes worry about what’s happening to us because we do not know what is best for us. But God does.
God’s love is everlasting, and His wisdom is infinite. It doesn’t matter who or what attempts to thwart God’s plan; no one and nothing can. God will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. Our decision to align our will with God’s and to always trust Him will be rewarded. Sometimes God will allow you to go through situations to prepare you to be comforting others who will go through the same path.
After going through some of these afflictions, am always grateful to God for allowing me go through them because they became my stepping stone. The silent battles I fought on my knees and days I fasted. The moments I had to humble myself, wipe my own tears and pat myself on the back. God was on the thrown working behind the scene and through it am sharing it as a testimony.

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

May God give you comfort in affliction and cause you to ride above the tides and waves. Wanao kutharau siku moja watakusalimia kwa heshima.
The struggle you are going through today is developing the strengthen you will need tomorrow.
The shame I faced that day plus the set up to make a presentation nijikaange exposed and opened up a door that made me the Ambassador Of Safety I am today and from that day I became a regular state house visitor, was involved in different government activities in private practice and have boarded planes alot of times to go round preaching the message of Safety.
God will not allow pain in your life without having something new being born. Just endure, persevere and be patient through the process. You are gold that is why you are going through a hot furnace. If you were just a stone you wouldn’t have been taken through all this.
Even if you will be left with scars, never be ashamed of the scars that life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed, you endured the pain and God Has healed you. You are Gold. Endure the furnace, it is worth it.
If you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive. It is hope that keeps us going. Soon I know your story will be featured at JKLive and other platforms and people will admire your life, journey and how you conquered.
God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggle and a gift for your faithfulness. Don’t give up.

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About the Author


Amb. Steve Mbugua is an enthusiastic Ambassador of Safety and wellness with in-depth training, safety advisory and Workplace Safety Behavior Change Coaching experience. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Makinika Afrika Int’l , a Health and Safety Training Firm in Kenya  and Group CEO  Nairobi Safety Shop Limited, the largest Security, Safety and Health Store in the East and Central Africa and Managing Director, Stewa Safaris Kenya Limited a Premier  Tours and  Travels Company in Kenya.

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