A few years ago, we wrote a story about a woman whose life changed drastically when her father died. He was the breadwinner and Cynthia’s family struggled to make ends meet after his death.
“We were forced to move to the rural areas. I remember that we would, at times, wake up as early as 4 a.m. to go and spend the whole day in the fields in order to get a bumper harvest. It was not easy, but we got used to it.”Cynthia Mapendere
Sometimes life’s blows can thrust us into a dark hole that seems bottomless. At the time of her father’s death, a young Cynthia had big dreams. Having grown up in the tourist town of Hwange in Zimbabwe, she had been exposed to the wildlife industry and developed a deep appreciation for it. But how in the world would she ever find her way to her dreams?
1. Belief costs nothing
You do not need to have everything figured out to believe. Not having money for tuition didn’t stop Cynthia from hoping to attend university one day. She didn’t know how she would afford it, but she was determined to go. Sometimes we feel like we have to have all our ducks in a row to make a move, or that we should only believe in things that seem practical, and yet believing all things are possible with God is the foundation we should build our dreams on. As long as you believe you can achieve something and you give it to God, He will supply the bricks you need for each stage at the right time. Your dreams may be big, God’s are BIGGER.
“I pray about everything and anything. I am nothing without God, and it is by His grace that I made it this far. I strive to use any adversities I face to my favour.”Cynthia Mapendere
2. Be bold enough to ask for what you need
I admire Cynthia for being bold enough to ask her father’s former employer to pay for her tuition. They asked how they could help, she responded with a big request. Don’t be ashamed to ask for what you need, especially when someone offers to help. Sometimes we miss blessings because we assume what we’re asking for is too much for the other person to fulfill. Maybe it is, but what if it isn’t? The worst thing someone can say to you is no, and yet we often make life more difficult for ourselves simply because we are unwilling to ask for what we need.
“Never let your background define you, you have what it takes. When the going gets tough, think about my journey and be inspired to be better off.”Cynthia Mapendere
There are many other jewels from Cynthia’s story. Read her story below and let us know what gems you find in it!
Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.