That feeling you get when you finally make it to the top- yaayy!! Soup-n-Star! Haha!
This one day in 2013.
I was serving as a youth corper in Ogun state and I definitely had it on my to-do to visit the famous-est tourist site in Ogun State- The grand Olumo rock. Thankfully, I had a 5-man gang. So we finally did it! hehe
Arrived on site at the egba masterpiece.
To get to the top of the rock, we had two options they said: Take the stairs or climb the rock all the way. I happened to be the loudest voice- “Climb! Climb!! Please what’s the fun in taking the stairs? Let’s climb jo” (I love adventure, i think!). You already know the option we opted for. So the adventure began.
Our climb-guide was this little boy, maybe ten years old. He knew and climbed the rock like he was born just to do that. We loved him. Absolutely. He took us through the caves, through the climbing route up the rock and he wasn’t one-moment wrong. Up and up we went and then finally we get to the last phase- one jump and you are right there- at the top of Olumo! Yayyy!
Suddenly, the Mercedes in me developed a fault- I couldn’t go on. All five of my friends plus the little boy had jumped and gotten to the other side. I was alone. Sweaty Hands, Sweaty feet, Sweaty soul! I just couldn’t! If you’ve ever done this before (climbed that rock), you’ll definitely remember this part. There were two separate rocks with a space in between them. This space was big enough to take more than two falling humans and .. what was going through my head is exactly what you’re imagining now- You Live Only Once. I looked back and boy it was no option; mama I’ve come this far and heck! I didn’t even know the way back no more. Looking forward, that was my destination; just right there! and then I looked down- Oh Lord, if I just slip and fall….
By this time, It was DRAMA (haha! I’m a highly dramatic person sometimes, in real life!). I was literally dancing makossa, with my hands on my head, everyone shouting “Bimbo jump jump. You are not going to fall. Just do it”. The little boy had already jumped back, offering to hold my hands at the same time shouting “e fo, e fo, ee le jabo” meaning: jump, jump, you cannot fall. There’s actually a myth that no one has ever fallen and can never fall from the Olumo rock. And even though I was partially a kid of the soil (my mom is egba lol), all I kept thinking was: one day na one day! there’s always a first time and I’m not ready to be the first myth-breaker.
It’s amazing how photos just bring back memories and a lot more. Smiling and reminiscing as I looked through those photos brought something to mind: could God be like that climb boy? I mean sometimes in life when we get to crossroads of making major decisions and taking huge risks. When we know that the right decision could take us to paradise and the wrong decision, perhaps a little too fatal? When going back is not an option but going forward isn’t even so easy and being stagnant has an expiry date… Could God be right there with an outstretched arm? and is it that we are unable to see Him or do we simply ignore His ready-to-help hand because we are so occupied with the momentary situation before us?
The reality is that life will always be synonymous with risk. Think about it: It’s a risk to get married. It’s a risk to be single. It’s a risk to get a job. It’s a risk to start a ministry or business. You just really “never can tell”, Life itself is one big risk and not taking a risk is even a much bigger risk!. But the good news is that there’s always that “climb guy” who knows. He knows the exact way to follow and he knows the
myth truth. And He’s really not the ten year old boy, He’s the all-year old being. You can stake your life on His truth. He is GOD. Dear Father, Creator, Guide and Whoever you need Him to be . You can risk it all on Him!
Pressing Rewind to where we were on the Olumo. So I finally stopped looking down -Step One. Then I took off my shoes and threw it to the other side. I threw my bag as well (I even put off my wristwatch and placed in the bag first). I had to get ready for this jump of life. LoL! One, Two, Three… where was the girl that was shaking few minutes ago?? I made the loudest- “mama we made it” noise. Haha! Nothing feels as good as facing your fears and literally seeing them behind you because you CONQUERED.
Dare to Live my friend, that’s the word for today. “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?
Take that RISK and spell it as TRUST, in your God. Fly on the wings of Grace!
Oke Olumo 2013.