It was supposed to be a normal day; revise and go ahead to slay that examination but 5/12/2017 decided to be extra.
Prior to the exam, I knew I was a bit scared about writing that paper then God really helped me to think of the paper in a much better way and so I decided to make the most of the days I had to prepare.
Fast forward to 5/12/2017, I got into the exam hall in good time, my desk was either the second or third on that column but no one sat in front of me, I kept looking at the clock then it was 10:00 am — time to start.
I opened my question paper and then the unfolding began. “WHAT IS THIS!” The question looked scary, not like I didn’t read but it looked different. “Where do I start from? 50 marks compulsory question? 25 marks optional questions?” *Well you knew the question format, Oyinkan*.
I couldn’t even figure out my area of strength but I knew I had to attempt that compulsory question. “Group statement of profit or loss with a foreign subsidiary!” I read this and there I was confused. Thinking to myself *ahhh Oyinkan! Won ti get me!* (literally means they’ve caught up with me).
At that point, I didn’t know how to give up. The exam was to last 3 hours 15 minutes and I wasn’t allowed to leave before stop time. My imagination began to think the worst. “How was I going to tell my dad to pay for the next session in March? What’s to show for my effort since July? God, this isn’t the exam I was expecting. Why me?”
It wasn’t the most pleasant exam experience. *Oyinkan, this isn’t you. You soar!*
At that point, I knew it was finished except God intervened. He’s my Father, I just had to call on Him to help. I couldn’t consider the alternative of crying!
I decided to whisper those words and things changed, He answered me! “Lord, please please please I need Your help”.
Yeah! The difference was clear afterward. I was confident about reading the questions and actually attempting some. This wasn’t the confidence Orbit chewing gum could give me, God did this for me! I attempted the questions I could within the time I had left and at 1:15pm that Corporate Reporting Paper was over. Thank God!
I had initially prayed to God for a score of at least 70/100 but on that day, after that experience, I just wanted to pass. 51 never sounded so good. Oh well, I just had to wait for 6 weeks to know my result.
The wait wasn’t so easy, battling doubt over whether I could pass or if I would just let God do His thing. *Huh, I went to Covenant University, testimony about results wasn’t uncommon. I had even received mine before.*
As the ever faithful God that He is, my God did it for me. He gave me the victory over Corporate Reporting exam.
From that exam experience, I learnt the importance of taking a breath, simply praying to God and trusting Him to help during a difficult situation. Sometimes the situation isn’t as terrible as we perceive it at first. You might just need to calm down, pray and go ahead to conquer knowing God is with you.
“God is at their side:
With God’s help they make it.”
Psalm 24:5a (MSG)