Seun Rominyi is author of A peculiar Friend, which was published in 2016. She is a dynamic young woman, who loves the Lord and has a heart to serve him. As March rolls forward at such a fast pace, we continue the theme ‘Bouncing back’ with this moving testimony from Seun, which tells of God’s faithfulness and power to draw his children up out of every pit.
That time when I bounced back……by Seun Rominiyi
When I was asked to share a time I bounced back from an adversity; I could recall a number of experiences in my life, where I’ve had to recover from one setback or the other. Aren’t we always fighting to stand strong? Knowing that the enemy has one major agenda, which is to kill, steal and destroy. One particular incident, will always be a point of reference for me, where the subject matter adversity is concerned. So at the risk of sounding like a broken record, to those who have heard this testimony over and over again. I hope that someone who hasn’t, can take encouragement in the fact that anybody can fall but anybody can also rise…
I suddenly found myself in a very dark place in my life Feb 2013, suffering from a mental health illness. And although I had been seeking employment for a long period of time, I didn’t think it would be enough reason to lose my reasoning faculties. In fact I was in a good place, standing strong on God’s promises for my life, as far as I understood the situation. However, on one sad afternoon in February, my husband had rushed back home from work, because I had not turned up to pick up my dad, who was visiting and had been waiting at the airport since morning. As you can imagine, I am unable to recall all the details of the day; but all I am able to say is that our lives changed for a season, when I was suddenly admitted into a mental health hospital for a period of time.
It was a very tough year, spiralling down from drugs with adverse side effect, hallucinations, low concentration, as well as a cycle of depression/anxiety attacks, that almost snuffed life out of me. I had many questions directed at God, but the love of my family and God’s amazing love brought me through what I can refer to as the most difficult time of my life. Don’t ask me how I got out of this mess, as I am unable to tell in detail. All I know is that after I was done being angry at God, I began to chew on His word again gradually, and one day at one of my hospital appointments, I told the doctor I would no longer be taking the drugs, never mind that he tried to talk me out of it. And here I am today standing tall.
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” – Psalm 40:2
Anybody can fall, anybody can rise!