“One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.” James Russell Lowell
I am euphoric to bring to you a man whose life has blessed me greatly. His expertise and reliance on God has saved so many lives. He is a husband, a father, a medical practitioner, a pastor, the author of ‘Oracle for the Day’ and a mentor.
He will be sharing a notable experience with us on free to share this week.
DR OGUNSHINA: Thank you for inviting me on free to share.
An occurrence that I believe will be bettering, was during the period of my National Youth Service. I was posted to Taraba state, where we had our orientation camp and thereafter, I was posted to Jalingo for my service. I was made the State Bible Study Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship of Taraba. As a result of this, there was a lady that I was assigned to follow up.
Funny enough, because I didn’t want to hide my faith, I decided to buy a very big bible so that everyone that comes in contact with me will quickly recognize me with my faith.
One unforgettable day, I went to visit the lady I was told to follow up. After a while, she told me she wanted to go and change. I was stupefied when she appeared back unclad.
No one was looking. In fact, I was far from anyone that knew me. But, I started imagining that all my covenant friends were around and they were looking.
I asked myself, what will they say? Would they ever believe I could do such a thing if I do? I had a free meal right in front of me. But I made up my mind that day, no matter what it would take, I would hold fast to my faith.
Then I remembered a song,
“Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you, some others to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.”
It was tempting, it was not easy to look away, but I fled that day and held fast to my faith.
Just few days after my encounter with her, I met her with her friend. She introduced me to her friend, but, she added something to the introduction that caught my attention. She said, ‘This is original pastor ooo’.
I asked myself that day, what if I had fallen for her seduction, then I would have become what kind of pastor?
I didn’t realize God was preparing me for the future until sometimes later. Since I became a medical practitioner, I have had several encounters in that regard, but the victory of that day, helped me to win some others.
There was a day, a beautiful lady walked into my office and asked me out, though she knew I was married. I didn’t walk her out that day, I simply gave her all the reasons that wouldn’t make it possible for me to go out with her or any other lady.
The same person later saw me sometimes later and was almost kneeling down to greet me in the public. I asked myself again, ‘what if I had started going out with her, she wouldn’t even be adding doctor to address me again, not to talk of kneeling down to greet me.’
Now, I feel assured and unmoved when I am faced with similar experiences. I know the victory of the previous years will help me to win some others. Sometimes when I am faced with such, I tell myself: it is too late to fall for this. If you didn’t more than a decade ago, you can’t now.
HOST: Thank you so much sir for sharing your experiences with us. One of the things I envy so much about you is the early mercy you’ve enjoyed. What will you call the secret of early mercy sir?
DR. OGUNSHINA: One thing that helped me to come this far early is the grace of God that hid me from errors and scars. I enjoyed grace while growing up. At the age of four, I was already a part of a scripture movement that exposed me early to the word of God.
I was also raised by strict Christian parents who taught me that Christianity is a cult and not just a thought. It’s a cult of people who lived strictly by God’s dictates. They exposed me to the scriptures and prayers which really helped me. At a point in my life, I got intimidated by people who told me about their salvation experiences. Their stories unveiled a dramatic drift after they had tasted the world. I also decided that, I’ll try just a little out in the world, before I finally give my life to Christ. So, I decided to join the kegait club when i get to school.
I never knew God’s grace had arranged a beautiful set up for me that forfeited my plans.When I gained admission into the higher institution, I searched and searched for an accommodation, but the only place that was available for me was a deeper life secretariat. I had no choice, but to stay there for two good years. You can imagine what that did to me. Kegait became the last thing on my mind. My plan to taste the world was automatically abolished.
As a result of this, I escaped several errors and mistakes. There was no time to waste or get off the track. This helped me to move very fast into the future.
HOST: Sir, so early mercy is the product of God’s grace.
DR. OGUNSHINA: Yes, it is.
HOST: Ok, thank you sir. I will also love to ask, how do you combine the demands of a medical practitioner, a church pastor and author of a devotional?
DR. OGUNSHINA: Well, I have some other people in the medical profession that spend their spare time doing other things. I just decided that my extra curriculum activities will be God’s work. So to me, I don’t separate it, I feel it’s interwoven.
I have also enjoyed the support of my wife who is a teacher. This is the reason I didn’t marry a doctor. She has more time to stay back at home to fill the gap for me. While I am away, she is always around for the kids.
One other thing I do is to teach the young doctors what I do, which relieves me of the burden. Instead of feeling threatened by them, I expose them to the things I do, including the surgical operations I perform. I allow them to see so many things. Sometimes, when I couldn’t attend to some patients, I send one of them and people testify that they are good.
I do the same thing with the demands of a pastor. I am one person that do not derive joy in people commenting that when I wasn’t around, the service was not powerful without me. I allot responsibilities to people. I believe it is not who stands in front, but it is God that works through every vessel.
So, I simply let people do so many things. I believe strongly in division of labour and that’s what I do. This has helped me greatly to discharge my pastoral duties with ease.
In regards to the devotional I author, I have also enjoyed people’s support. The encouragements of my readers who will always ask me when they do not get their copy, has become a source of motivation for me to keep writing, even when it is demanding.
I have also learnt to discipline myself to write down the inspirations I receive every day, no matter how busy or tired I am.
HOST: Wow! Thank you so much for freely sharing with us on free to share. It’s indeed a great privilege to have you here sir.
DR OGUNSHINA: Thank you so much for inviting me.
I am blessed. Are you? Feel free to share with us on free to share. Your experiences can save a soul. Thank you for dropping by.