Something is wrong

For a few months, until very recently, I would feel a lot of pain in my legs after jogging. The pain was at times so intense that I would limp. I knew something was wrong but I was not sure what it was. I checked the Internet for possible causes and solutions and there were many. I tried stretching before and after jogging but the pain persisted. I prayed over it, but the pain persisted.

Finally, I asked Franklin, a staff of Zenith Cleaners, who jogs daily, at times for 2 hours, what he does before and after jogging. He told me that he cools down after jogging but does not warm up before jogging. He also uses a cold shower after jogging. I remembered that Orlando Bowen a Toronto-based retired footballer friend of mine told me a few years ago about using cold showers after strenuous exercises. The next day after jogging, I used the cold shower and the pain left.

Something was wrong. I knew it but could not tell what it was. All I needed to do was find out what I did not know and then do what I needed to do. It was not enough to know what I had found out or had been told by Franklin and Orlando. I needed to act on what I knew. Only then would the pain leave. Praying would not have solved it. Also, many times, solutions are closer than we think. As the Yoruba saying goes, “Nkan to wa lo Sokoto wa ni apo Shokoto e”, which literally means what you went to find in Sokoto (a town in Northern Nigeria, far from the Yoruba West) is in the pocket of your “Shokoto” (the Yoruba name for pants).

“Something is wrong” obviously implies something is not right. We are not designed to live in a world where things are wrong and stay wrong. When something is wrong, we need to find out what it is and act on what we know. The normal state of things is good not bad or evil. When things are bad, they are not bad because that is just the way it is meant to be. Things are wrong because they have deviated from being right, which is how they were meant to be. Things stay wrong because we are deficient in knowledge and relevant action. Most times, what we need is requisite knowledge that prompts us to take the right action. In the words of Bishop David Oyedepo, my Pastor in Nigeria,”There is no mountain anywhere. Everyone’s mountain is their ignorance.”

Now, I do not have to worry about leg pain after jogging or exercising, because I know what to do and I will do it. It did not take a direct intervention of God to make it happen. It took my willingness to ask and to act.

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