I was fond of hunting and Grandma knew it.  After daily farm activities, I would join a friend, Tayo, and we would get into the business. Grandma would warn me, “Babayemi, do not insert your hand into holes because of snakes and scorpions, use cutlass”. I was always excited going for hunting.

One day, a group of people were digging a hole and discovered a cobra. The snake was highly ferocious at that time as it was hatching its eggs. The people could not kill it inside the hole and it came out, chasing the people. That lasted for few minutes, then it turned back running away. The people would also chase the snake until it turned back to them and they ran away too. This two-way race was interesting. I already took to my heel, watching from afar.


“Wow! What you’re afraid of is afraid of you”, my almost melted, shivering heart whispered. I was amazed how this big and venomous snake ran away from people with dry sticks in their hands. At least it should chase many, kill some until no more enemies. But the animal only chased people to scare them and it ran for its life too.

This is similar to life challenges. No mountain facing you is the exact representation of what it purports. Your challenges seem bigger than you can overcome because it wants to scare you. If you chase it, it will also run. An old Yoruba adage says that he that is being chased by masquerade should endure because masquerade too gets tired.

If only you knew that what you’re afraid of is also afraid of you. The giants, sons of Anak and the whole Canaanites were dying of the rumours of Israel’s siege. They were all panicking, trembling because they heard that God once parted the Red Sea on their behalf. But Israel still ignorantly said, “We are not able…; they are stronger than we are”.

The power within you is more than the challenges around you. Those terrifying circumstances hurling at you are also terribly afraid of you. The chance that you will probably win is high if you can chase back like the group of hunters in my village. The snake got tired after some time and was ambushed by the people.

Circumstances rarely defeat people, they are often defeated by giving up too quick.


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Yemi Adekunle

Yemi Adekunle is a teacher and a prolific writer who is passionate for purposeful living and excellence. He shares biblical inspirational insights with youths and goal-driven individuals. He has earned a degree from the Nation's Premier University, University of Ibadan where he graduated with distinction in Pharmacy. Yemi also keeps a watchful eye on humanitarian needs, community development and youth work through a non-profit organization where he serves as a project coordinator

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