But as I pass through this Lagos every day, seeing people waiting interminably for transport in rain and sunshine, observing others being transported in rickety vehicles that are too tight to fit even match sticks while being choked in the thick smog of poisonous smoke being belched out by others, the irrepressible question that keeps coming to the fore of my mind like a buoy on a restless sea is if human beings were designed to live the way Lagosians or Nigerians (since this civic centre is a microcosm of the nation) live.
Since the transport system of this country is messed up amongst other things and the government cannot utilize the waterways and provide an effective tube system, everyone takes to the road in their own cars thereby increasing traffic and pollution. Coupled with the long hours at the steering since everybody cannot afford drivers, Lagosians are perpetually in a daze of fatigue. So caught in this race of survival like a hamster in a cage running ceaseless on wheels, the question that comes up is, when do we think or imagine? When do we have the time to envision a better tomorrow for all mankind?
When God made man, He put him in an environment where every system was functional. There was power, light, water, name it before Adam was now placed in the garden to fulfill his potential (this is why i think it is ridiculous for most Nigerian companies to expect the best from their employees when all they provide is a deplorable work system. I guess they expect the workers to work with magic wands). In the cool of the day, man could also fellowship with God so everything was working. The psalmist exclaimed once about the King of kings, “how wonderful are thy works, thy thoughts are very deep”. That means that God was able to do great things like creating the universe because He had enough time to think and imagine. Man was formed in the image of God to function like God that is why the Elshaddai had to put him in Eden where everything was running smoothly to allow him enough time to be imaginative. Adam had enough imagination to name the animals and rule the world.
In this neck of the woods, you barely sleep before its time to wake up and continue the routine, the hum drum. Worse still, the sleep is interrupted by the groans of overworked generators. Lots of people are like walking zombies just going about not giving a thought to anything while performing perfunctory functions. I strongly believe that this is one of the reasons why this nation is the way it is.
On the other hand, first world nations where the rat race is not as tiresome as ours, where the basic necessities of life are at least provided for churn out inventions that benefit the whole of mankind. For example in a roomy air conditioned transport, it is easier to think than when you are claustrophobic and ambushed with the odour of unwashed armpits (in this case all you can think about is about how fast you can each your stop).
Except we break away from the rat race, we would never really make any headway into the future and we would just watch while the things that mean the most in life die around us. Anything that prevents us from imagining is deleterious to our future. It was recorded that even God could not stop the united imagination of a couple of people in the early age of the world and had to put confusion in their midst to scuttle their plans. That is how powerful imagination is. Almost every outstanding thing on earth has its source from this.
OUR IMAGINATIONS ARE AS POWERFUL AS OUR PRAYERS!!! YOU KNOW WHY?
HE IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY, FAR ABOVE ALL WE CAN ASK OR IMAGINE……………..