Actress Yvonne Orji, who plays the character Molly on the HBO series "Insecure," revealed what the Holy Spirit said to her when she was so broke she didn't have money to go to church.
In an episode of the Jesus & Jollof podcast with fellow Nigerian writer Luvvie Ajayi, Orji discussed how difficult it was for her as a struggling actress before getting her big break in acting. She recalled losing jobs to friends who she recommended for the same positions. Eventually, her kindness to others and rejection took a toll on her and she fell into a deep depression.
"I was literally looking depression in the face. I could have let it take me out but it was just like, 'God I've done everything as right as I could,'" she admitted thinking.
"I'm even helping other people live out their dreams when I don't even have my dream yet. But I'm never going to be stingy, I'm always going to be a giver," she recalled.
Orji confessed that she didn't have enough money to attend church but she did pray for God to make a way for her to volunteer and attend Bible studies and connect groups.
"I said 'God if you want me to volunteer at the church I need gas money.' And there was sometimes where I only had enough money to get to church or to get to the Bible study," Orji continued. "I was like, 'God somebody is going to have to bless me with money to get back.'"
God answered her prayers time and time again and that began to break her depression.
"Each time somebody on Facebook would be like, 'hey God put it on my heart to give you $200 in your Paypal,'" the actress testified. "I promise you."
However it would be a word from the Holy Spirit that would change the course of her life. One day in Oct of 2014, the 34-year-old broke down sobbing to a friend after attending the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival because of how many young people she saw living their dreams.
While admittedly angry with God, she described hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit tell her, "what's in your hand?"
The next day, searching for a revelation of the word, she opened her Bible up to Psalm 31: 14-15 which states, "I trust in you, O Lord..my times are in your hand."
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