AN EVENING TO REMEMBER
by Jide Oboise
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The Lord truly works in miraculous ways!
It all started out like any other day, the only difference was that the sun was bright in the sky even on this very cold January morning, temperatures had dropped.
‘This looks like a good sign’, she sighs in somewhat relief!
Dressing up light, she slips into a thin jacket then steps out of the house; the blast of chill that hits her face forces her quickly back indoors to dress more warmly.
It is apparent that this weather is one of the deceitful type that plays games with one's emotions and dispositions during this time of the year, she soliloquys, “Excuse me?” a man passing by turns to find out if she was speaking to him, she smiles apologetically his way and shakes her head.
She had practically not slept a wink overnight because of this day and what she was expecting and had been asking the Lord about.
Not that she had received an emphatic answer from above but somehow, she had a peace within her spirit about the whole issue that she could not explain even though there was still dull ache and residue of the past pain in her life.
'Will it all ever go away or will i ever forget?'
So many questions, so much confusion and doubt about how it all started and how things shall unravel and be sorted out......
After a very long and tiring day she was finally returning to her sanctuary, home!
This seemed an unusually busy evening she observes,as she joined the thronging mass of commuters on the crawling streets, home still seemed such a long way off,all she wanted to do was just get indoors and rest her aching body, her thoughts suddenly returned to the ever present problem of her life that has plagued her sleep and waking moments forever(well.., it seemed that long), “still no solution”.
Suddenly she stumbles and hits her left toe on a pebble that was lying right in her path, ‘ouch! That hurt!’ her winter boot was not the thick heavy type, she had decided to wear one of her more fashionable ones because of her disposition that morning.
‘Wait a minute’ she thinks, isn’t that supposed to mean something, an omen, my left foot or is it the right? But come on girl, you do not believe stuff like that anymore, you are a new creature in Christ now, remember!
Whilst her thoughts were still on this issue, she felt a hand on her shoulder from behind as she was about to enter her bus that had just pulled into the bus-stop, she practically spins 360 degrees around to be confronted by an unfamiliar yet somewhat familiar face, suddenly she remembers and screams out her name “Peace”!
It has been such a long time, several years to be exact; this was the only true friend I had ever had, one who, unavoidable circumstances had separated us for so long, newly found again on the streets, unexpected!
We exchanged pleasatries and crammed in our experiences of the years as we both babbled away trying to give each other news about so many things at once.
Suddenly we both laughed and hugged each other as we realised that neither of us was hearing anything because we both were talking at the same time, i smiled and acknowledged with a nod that i did not mind her speaking first
As usual she only had to speak a few words, she had not changed, like her old self wisdom flowed, followed by rivers of soothing balm of encouragement, she was gifted!
I swallowed spittle over and over again till my mouth felt uncomfortably dry, while gazing at her as she spoke like one who was in-the-know about the situation at hand.
P-E-A-C-E at last!
light switches turned on in my head, as out of the darkness that had enveloped me for so long, shined out glaring solutions illuminated by her beautiful words and being .
How awesome, God truly works in miraculous ways!
He speaks ALL the time, all we need do is listen and pay attention.
This etched a permanent smile on my face as it radiated and glowed, long after we had parted ways(After exchanging contacts of course!) -i could tell this from the friendly looks that i received from other passers-by .
Smiling brightly, I begin to hum loud and joyously to myself, “Take me to the ROCK that is higher than I”.
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