I am sure it will make more sense if this piece is titled ‘Refuse Collector.’ That is probably what you are used to; the meaning you can readily pull out. The one who collects the trash from various places and takes the bad smell away.
But this piece is a play on words. It is about a different kind of collector and not a very palatable one.
I listened to my Pastor, Rev Sam Adeyemi tell the story of his early days in ministry. It is good to hear tales like that to encourage your faith. When you see someone who spills greatness from every pore tell of times when nothing made sense, it makes you believe your not-too-pleasant story will change for good.
Rev Sam told the enraptured congregation of his dream to travel out of Nigeria. He took steps to make this dream a reality. He applied to several embassies and was greeted with several refusals. Even the country of Kenya ‘refused him visa.’
He was a REFUSAL COLLECTOR.
Have you found yourself in such situations before? Where refusals seem to trail you everywhere you go. Sometimes you are refused before you even ask the question!
I remember those years when I walked the streets looking for the job that eluded me like the fabled elixir and I can identify with this tale.
Many great people who are today PRAISE COLLECTORS because of the successes they have recorded were once REFUSAL COLLECTORS.
The famous JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series was once rejected by TWELVE publishers. A whole TWELVE! I am a writer and I know how depressing that can be. It is enough to make someone decide to stop writing. But she continued and has become a force to be reckoned with in the literary world.
Our very own Buchi Emecheta suffered the same fate of a refusal collector before her books became compulsory literature texts in Nigeria.
Today, my pastor is no more a Refusal Collector. People hardly believe there was a time he was confronted with refusals wherever he went. He can travel to any country he wants and gets executive treatment. They practically beg him to collect the visas he was once denied!
Have you been a REFUSAL COLLECTOR? No need to remain at that level. You can move up like my pastor did.
Believe that you will no longer be a REFUSAL COLLECTOR. See yourself dancing in the arena of THE PRAISE COLLECTOR.
I wait to celebrate your testimony.