One night, I had a dream; it was a symbolic dream. When I woke up, I pondered on the implications and applications of the dream. As a person who knows the significance of visions, I don’t joke with revelations.
Revelations are media used by God to pass certain information. I understand that all information cannot be obtained through conscious means. There are certain truths that the spirit of man cannot comprehend until his body and soul are at rest. Therefore, God uses dreams, visions, and revelations.
In one of my night visions, I embarked on a journey on foot; it was a journey that was meant to define whether I was entitled to win a prize or just get to my destination with no prize. In the course of the journey, I saw myself move from one town to a narrow bush path heading to another town. In the town of my destination was the prize of my destiny. When I got to the bush path, I was almost tempted to turn back because I knew that the journey was about to turn rough. Out of determination, I continued. Walking along the forest was very scary, but I defied my fears and decided that I must get to the other side. Getting to the middle of the bush path on this lonely road in a forest, I encountered a thick cloudy darkness. It was one of the most fearful revelations I have ever had. At the point of darkness, I only had two options; to face it or back it. At that point, I said to myself, ‘if I go back, I will remain stagnant but if I move forward, there is every tendency that I will make it to my destination’. On a second thought, I decided that it will be better facing the
darkness than going back to remain in a mediocre position. So, I stepped into the dark cloud. As I walked, I saw nothing, but kept going. The only imagination I had in my mind was the picture of my destination; I saw myself winning the ultimate prize of conquering a defeated status. Suddenly, in the dark, I saw a few vehicles moving in my opposite direction with their headlamps on. The lights from their headlamps gave me some illuminations until I stepped out of the darkness and walked into a High Street full of light. I walked along the High Street to my destination which wasn’t far away. When I entered the building, someone welcome me and declared that I was qualified for the prize. There were two gift prizes left; one was mutilated while the other was intact. When I took the mutilated one, the man objected and said I was entitled to the gift that was intact. He gave the mutilated one to someone I cannot recognise, and then gave
the intact one to me. That marked the end of the gift prizes being awarded. Immediately I collected the gift, I saw one of my friends zoom in from another door with his son. He didn’t go through the rough road; he used a shortcut. He came for his gift prize but was too late. He wanted to outsmart everyone but ended up losing the prize. He was so distraught; he wanted a gift at all cost without paying the price. He did not understand that those who pay the price get the prize.
17 Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
People who follow shortcuts always go back to Egypt. People of shortcuts are cowards; they fear when they see wars. People with shortcut mentalities always change their minds. If you rely on a shortcut person, you may end up in disappointments because he is unstable in his decisions and actions. Shortcuts appear near, but going through them make the journeys longer. There are Philistines in every shortcut of life ready to wage intense war against you if you decide to follow their routes. People with shortcut mindsets never go for
details; as a result, they get detained. Shortcut people either compromise in order to go through or go back in order to ‘slave’ through; those who slave through never get saved. They remain in states of despondencies.
There are students who pass through shortcuts in order to obtain certificates. Academic short-cutters wait until it is a few days to exams before reading. They quickly memorise what they don’t understand. They may pass but what are their grades? They may even manage to get some average grades but how much can they apply the knowledge acquired? When they come out with average results, the employers also put them in average positions because they’re hardly hired. Even if hired, the mentality of average keeps chasing them. When the mentality of average chases a man, he does not embark on skills development except his employer pushes him to. Most often, that push is a push of retrenchment.
Some parents follow shortcut approaches in raising their children. They leave everything to the teachers. They want the teachers to teach academics, morals, and family and societal responsibilities. They also want the house helps to think for their children. Such parents are indolent and irresponsible; yet are the first to blame other people for their family woes.
Many are called, few are chosen. God never calls anyone with the expectation that the person will not be chosen; God’s intention for all calls is to choose the called. But, the called is responsible for God’s choice. It is the commitment, obedience, determination, drive, and general character of the called that determine God’s choice. God wouldn’t choose an unprofitable servant for a profitable one. In ministry and various callings, I have seen people who never prepare. It is unfortunate that some preachers don’t take time to prepare for sermons. Some run out of steam before the middle of their messages. When they have nothing more to say, they either embark on unnecessary repetitions or start criticising other people. These are shortcut preachers. As a result of not paying the price, they miss the prize.
In whatever God has called you to do, there is a price to pay in order to get the prize; if you don’t pay it, you don’t get it. In your career and profession, pay the price. In your education, pay the price. In your calling, pay the price. Paying the price takes everything from you; give it all. If you can’t give all, you can’t get all. The price doesn’t instantly yield the prize, but still pay it. Any price you pay is an investment for the future. You can’t take shortcuts and expect a welcome. A welcome is meant for those who went through the road of pains in order to make the gain. Short-cutters never have good experiences; the only experiences they have are the experiences of losers and cowardice. If you want to get to the promise land, take the long rough road. If you want to go back to slavery, follow the quick road. At the end, we will know who the gainers and losers are!