Story: Mara! ….. Episode 14 (Final Episode | (By Oyekunle Lizzy Oyebola)
“He works in way, we cannot see, he will make a way for us, he will be our guide, holds us closely to his side, with love and strength for each new day…” he started singing again, sonorously as he stood up
What an elegant height!
I surrender to you Lord.
“Let’s go home son” I said and he smiled widely as I held his hands warmly
I felt like he was a part of me that had been long lost.
I felt like he was just a part of me
God will take care of us.
As I held my baby in my arms, I pecked his small face and he smiled
“I name him Daniel. My Daniel” Daniel said and I laughed
“Yes Daniel!” I agreed as I smiled again
As we were set to leave, I placed Daniel’s hand in Doctor Flora’s hand and she looked into my face, giving me a shy look
“What?” I asked and she looked away
I was confused
“Is she a doctor?” Daniel asked and I smiled, looking awe
“Yes she is” I replied
“Are you from America?” she asked and he nodded
“Yes. You know me?” he asked
“Daniel Williams right?” she asked again and I looked into Daniel’s face.
He looked perplexed
“Yes that’s my name. You know me?” he asked again
Doctor Flora shrugged
“Somehow. But the last time I knew about you, you could see. What happened to your sight?” she asked and I gave her ‘You shouldn’t have asked jare’ look
“You know me?” that was what he asked again
“It seems so. But we’ve got to do something about your sight first. Madam, go home and let me meet with certain optician friends in Abuja. This has to be attended too” she said, left his hand and walked out of the church hurriedly
I was dazed
“Have you been to Nigeria before?” I asked him and he shook his head
“God is great” Pastor said and that was when I realized that he was still standing with us.
I looked into his face and he was grinning happily
Was there something I didn’t know about?
“Is her name Flora?” Daniel asked again and I could only nod
How did he know?
“You know her from somewhere?” I asked
He shook his head
“I just guessed” he shrugged
“Let’s go home boy” the pastor said as he held his hand, looking so excited
I followed behind foolishly and wondered what everything was all about
“The Lord is just too great. Miracles falling upon miracles, all in a day!” he exclaimed happily
“Halleluyah!” Daniel said too
I became jealous
“I thought he said I was his mother” I whispered to myself
“I love you mum” he grinned
I had totally forgotten that I had a mind reader beside me
….but in a cool way!
I opened the freezer and my heart jumped into my mouth
“Oluwa ooo” I exclaimed and my husband jumped in
“What’s it?” he asked and I stood with my arms akimbo
“Jare, I placed four cartons of fish here yesterday so the caterers would work with them today but now it’s three I can find in here. Oh my God!” I exclaimed loudly and my husband smiled as he clapped his hands together in a mocking manner
“Ololufe mi, don’t kill yourself with hypertension o” he said and I became infuriated
“Do you know how much the fish costs? The fish are not the Nigerian type. They are shipped in from Brazil” I explained on and Adejare looked on in awe
“Madam Story! Were you not the one that asked me to take a carton out so I could boil and grind for you to make Moin-moin this morning?” he asked and I opened my eyes wide
I had totally forgotten
“Sorry” I said, smiling sheepishly
He brushed my nose with the tip of his index finger
I was tickled
“You are already growing old” he said and I smiled
“Then you are growing older” I said
“Really!” I replied
“Well, the older we go together, the greater our love would be” he said and I looked into his face amazingly
This obviously couldn’t be my husband
“Amen” I said slowly and he pulled me closer to himself
He planted a kiss on my forehead
“I thank God for your life. This past one year have really been like a honeymoon to me” he said and I smiled great peace in my soul.
“Glory to God alone. If not God, who could it be?” I asked
Daniel ran inside and came directly to me.
He tugged at my wrapper and I picked him up.
“Mamma mamma…” he repeated as he pulled at my blouse
“Suckie suckie” I played with his mouth
My husband shook his head as he twisted his mouth to a side
“This old man isn’t even shy to start sucking… zame on you” he joked and we laughed about it as my baby boy feasted on his fleshy food while my husband looked away shyly
“Na you sabi” I said, smiling as I backed him
I heard some clapping and the curtain was drawn
It was Doctor Flora
“Amairiya!” we echoed together as she entered, beautifully clad in very nice traditional attire
She blushed and covered her face
“I go love o…see my old papa and mama playing love here ooo”
“Isn’t it starting already? Isn’t the loving loving thing starting already ni sister!” I said and my husband frowned as he faced her
“Never you call us old o. Never ever !” he said, seriously
We all laughed
“Yes sir” Doctor Flora said as she saluted like an army woman.
We laughed again
“The programme would start anytime soon”
My husband said
“Are you so much in a hurry? Isn’t this just an introduction ceremony? What if its the D-day? Its just 7am and the programme is slated for 1pm” I said and he scratched his head
“Don’t mind me. I just love ‘Love stories’” he said and we laughed
“Hmmm…that’s a really great testimony” I said and he pecked me again
I slapped him playfully
“There are little children around please” I said and he smiled
“Where is Dan please?” he asked and I smiled
“I am sure he is peeping from behind one of the curtains to behold his beauty queen” I said, winking at the glowing wife to be of my son!
We laughed again
Doctor Flora smiled
“God works in mysterious ways” she started and I listened
Whenever she talked, it was always meaningful
“God brought pains your ways in order for you to understand Dan’s pains. God brought Dan pains so that he could come back home and be established…” she was saying
“And meet you!” My husband glowed with excitement as he talked and we laughed happily
“I am happy for you guys” I said and she genuflected
“Thank you so much mum. Thank you for taking care of him and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit!” she said, hugging me
The curtain was drawn and there, behind the curtain was Daniel, his face laced up in tears.
“I knew he was behind one of the curtains” I said as I grinned happily.
“Come boy” my husband said and he walked into his embrace as they hit each other in the guy way.
I watched on
Doctor Flora’s face was down as she appeared so shy.
He knelt before her and held her legs
“Thanks for saying you would marry me especially when I had nothing. Thanks for obeying God’s will”
“Thank God you have everything now and even perhaps still have nothing, it would have been you yet! I love you” She confessed poetically and my husband clapped as he snapped the duo.
“I love this! Oh my my my!” he sang on
I was excited.
“This lesson I learnt immediately I became healed from my illness and I met Christ.You were created by LOVE to be loved
You were created by ONE to be one!” my husband said and I clapped my hands
“That’s beautiful…. One, Love…. That’s God!”
Hmmmmm… Marriage is a sweet thing
The past one year made me forget all the suffering I had ever gone through
As I pondered on all that had happened to this point, the telephone on the living room rang and my husband ran to the receive it.
“Those workers are already expecting their alerts o… It’s month end… It’s must be the manager” I smiled
Our company workers could be very funny and they love money like kilode!
“Daniel, it’s your call.” My husband announced and Dan stood up to look at him.
“My call?” He asked as he walked doubtfully to the phone
“It’s an international call” He said further
We started walking into the room as I strapped my sleeping baby to my back
He collected the receiver
“Mum?” he almost shouted
“Hold on for your dad dear” we heard and we were awed.
He laughed as tears ran down his face
“That’s my dad. That’s his voice. But you were dead dad! You were dead. Both of you” he exclaimed loudly, obviously happy.
“Where do you stay in Nigeria?”
“Nasarawa State dad”
“Isn’t the Book Haram insurgencies there?”
“OK son. We are coming back home”
“No place like home… Expect us next week by His grace”
“Jesus! This can’t be real. It can’t be!” he cried as we all went down on our knees to pray.
“The Lord that turns Mara into Joy, you are our God, the Lord that answers our cries… You are our God” MY husband started the prayer session as we looked up to the heavens with out hands raised high to him
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Author: Oyekunle Lizzy Oyebola
I am Lizzy but you can call me Lizziefreezie.
Writing stories that would touch you, inspire you, make you cry, laugh and which in summary draw you into their own world is all I crave to do.
I am a graduate of one of the prestigious private universities in Nigeria- Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria.
I can act different roles in dramas and you would see me on your screens soon…*smiles* I love to teach and re-model lives of the youths through His grace; I am also good at catering services- for your parties and occasion; I love to present programmes, advertise, sing, write and of course, PRAY!
I would love to meet you all as your lives are being touched for the better.
You are welcome to my world!!!