How You Can Succeed in Anything: What a Fire Burning on Water Taught Me about Success in Life

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A highway construction work is on-going along Ilorin-OmuAran Road, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Come and see a very quality and standard work! As we were coming back from Ilorin to Omu-Aran, Bishop David O. Oyedepo’s home town, I didn’t go out with my car that day; a discussion ensued between the commuters, including myself in the public vehicle.

You know the disadvantage of new roads – Over speeding. One man in the car started narrating his experience about an accident that took place a day earlier. When we got to a particular spot on the bridge where a bus swerved off the road and jumped into the river, the man continued his narration that the bus caught fire right inside the river and burnt to the point of no repair. Burning inside water! Isn’t it surprising?

One of us asked the man about the passengers and the driver of the bus involved, and he gave us a consoling answer that they were all saved. A thought came to my mind that what about if anyone of those involved couldn’t swim, what would have happened to such a person, if nobody came to his aid?


This reminds me of an incidence that happened during my service year when we were coming from Yobe State, a North Eastern part of Nigeria. I read in a newspaper that Bill Gates had visited the place once. We were coming by land and it was during a raining season; as we got to a particular spot along the road in an adjoining state during our journey. The road had an overflowing river both at the right and the left. Our car got struck right inside the water, you can even call it a river, and barely would you see all the four tyres of the vehicle.

All of us in that car, including me that couldn’t swim, prayed and put our trust in God that He should rescue us, and He did miraculously. Another incidence in that same state that told the story of absolute trust in God was when we were travelling to a particular inland village for evangelism and we had to go on boat for about 45 minutes, if I have not forgotten. Swimming is a very good skill. At least, if one is going to die, such would strive for his life first. In the situations of some of us that couldn’t swim, it is a thorough and absolute trust in God!

Most times, we forget God in what we think we know how to do. We would have forgotten that God is the source of all knowledge. Absolute trust in God had never failed. If we can trust Him in what we don’t know how to do, I think we should trust Him better in what we know how to do. Any time we minus God in any situation, the result is always a failure. Absolute trust in God is what you need to avert failure, and succeed in anything.

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The featured image: In the boat on a river when we were going for the evangelism with some friends.

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Author: Peter Adewumi

Peter Adewumi is an Amazon author of "Virtues for Riches" series, "Romantic, Inspirational & Motivational Poems," "Attributes of Successful Employees," "The End Matters Most," & "A Lonely Ward in a Comely World."

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