Was Jacob Juma a Samson of our day and age?
30 June 2016, 09:40
I read the intriguing story of Samson in the Bible with mixed feelings. On one hand, I have great amazement and awe at the great strength encapsulated in one individual and the awesome potential and especial opportunity to deliver the Hebrew nation from the oppression of her enemies the Philistines.
On the other hand, one cannot miss to feel deep pain, sorrow and disappointment at the wasted life of a young man who fell at the wiles of the cunning old devil.
The enemy used one fickle lass called Delilah to finish the hulk or superman who could not be felled by a 1,000-member army.
This story is repeated in many young men’s lives in our day and age. I remember talking to Jacob Juma over 23 years ago in Bungoma. I had visited him in his mud-walled village house and he was full of life and hope. He had just joined the Kenya Polytechnic after his O levels and also connected with the youth for KANU 92 campaign team. He had great aspirations and was determined to achieve them and bring his family out of lack and penury.
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I managed to bump in him in Nairobi many years later when I was a student at the University of Nairobi and saw that all his childhood dreams were met.
His star was shining bright and the sky was not the limit. He was unstoppable, or so we thought until the bullet of an assassin brought down the curtains a month ago. It also opened a cane of worms that is the life on the fast lane for the young and rich.
From his story we draw the untimely wisdom and several parallels with the story of Samson:
1. You are never invincible. There are people craftier and stronger than us. Let’s be humble and stick to what we are supposed to do.
2. You don’t have all the time in the world. Use your time wisely. Work during the day as night is coming when no one can work. Use you time and resources with eternity in mind.
3. You cannot do whatever you want and get away with it. The world is wicked and unforgiving. We also have the crafty old devil here with us. He is a cunning foe and comes only to steal kill and destroy.
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