As they walked through the corridor, Mrs Cole wondered what she was doing. Flashes of her children flooded her mind. She remembered the Sunday school teaching on Sunday about the believer’s response to temptation and that the Bible says there is no temptation that comes our way that is beyond us and something about there always being a way out. She knew this was nothing short of a temptation but she didn’t know if she wanted out or not.
Emeka opened the door and looked at her. He noticed she had something on her mind. ‘Are you alright?’ He asked her as he put his hand around her waist.
‘I’m fine.’ She brushed the thoughts off and smiled at him as they both entered the room. She dropped her bag on the floor and faced Emeka who was standing a few inches away from her by the bed.
He sat on the bed and tapped the bed beside him. ‘Come and sit my love.’ He smiled at her.
Mrs Cole returned his smile and sat right next to him.
He moved closer and began to kiss her and unbutton her shirt.
She knew something was wrong. Everything was wrong. Her peace was totally gone and she knew it. She didn’t resist him but she knew the more he progressed, the more troubled she became. With the last strength she had left in her she quietly prayed. ‘Lord, if You can, please get me out of here.’
Immediately she said that prayer, her phone rang. It had being turned off, she was sure of that. She initially ignored it and allowed Emeka take off her shirt but then it rang again.
‘Sorry Emeka, I need to see who is calling me.’ She told him.
He didn’t answer her. ‘Ignore it’. He was so engrossed.
‘Please Emeka, it’s been ringing. It might be urgent.’ She pushed him away?’
‘Now of all times for Christ’s sake. Who is that idiot?’ He raised his voice and punched the pillow.
Mrs Cole looked at him in a funny way wondering why he was so angry. She reached for her phone and saw it was Seyi that had been calling her. She picked it immediately.
‘Mummy.’ The female voice sounded apprehensive.
‘Seyi what’s wrong?’ She asked.
‘It’s me mummy, Sis Seyi is not breathing.’ Bimbo’s voice faded away and she started crying.
‘What?! Seyi is what? What happened? I’ll be there right away.’ She hung up and jumped up. Her heart was beating at its fastest. She couldn’t feel her legs again but she knew collapsing was not an option. She snatched her shirt from the bed, picked her bag and headed for the door.
‘What happened?’ Emeka asked looking so confused.
‘I have to go, something happened to my daughter.’ She wore her shirt and dashed out of the room. Straight to her car and she drove off.
‘Oh my God, Please Seyi must not die.’ She prayed with hot tears flowing down her cheeks. ‘What entered into me. Why did I leave my children? If I was with them nothing would have happened to Seyi.’ She began to blame herself as she sped home.
Immediately she got to the gate of the house, she came down from the car and with her copy of the gate key opened it and rushed in. She left the car outside with her bag inside it. Nothing mattered to her right now than the life of her daughter.
‘Where is she?’ Mrs Cole shouted as she barged into the house.
‘Who mummy?’ Bayo asked with confusion written all over his face.
‘Where is Seyi?’ Mrs Cole couldn’t take it anymore.
‘She is in her room?’ Bayo stood up from the couch he was sitting on watching TV and followed his mummy inside. ‘Mummy what happened?’ He asked.
Mrs Cole ignored him and rushed straight to Seyi’s room. She flung the door open and she saw Seyi helping Bimbo weave her hair.
‘Mummy, are you okay? You seem disturbed.’ Seyi asked.
Bimbo and Seyi looked at her in amazement. Bayo standing behind her too wondered what was going on.
‘Bimbo didn’t you just call me to tell me Seyi wasn’t…’ She didn’t complete her sentence. The words were too heavy in her mouth. Her mind couldn’t comprehend any of her children dying.
‘Mummy I did not call you.’ Bimbo told her mum, still wondering what exactly was going on.
‘My phone is charging in Bayo’s room mummy. Nobody called you. I can show you the call log if you want.’ Seyi tried to convince her mum.
Mrs Cole could still not comprehend what just happened. She was sure her phone rang and she heard Bimbo’s voice. ‘Where is my phone?’ She asked not necessarily expecting answer from her children who didn’t even know she parked the car outside. She turned around and rushed out of the house. She needed her phone. She knew she wasn’t out of her mind. Her phone was going to prove them wrong.
Seyi, Bayo and Bimbo followed her as she left the house and out of the compound.
Mrs Cole opened the door of the car and reached for her bag. She brought out her phone and went straight to check her last call.
The phone was off.
‘No way, this can’t be.’ She shook her head. ‘This phone rang and I picked it.’ She said trying to convince herself she wasn’t losing her mind.
She turned it on and checked her last call. It was the call she made to Emeka.
She couldn’t believe her eyes. Before her legs would give way again, she sat down on the driver’s seat too dazed to lift her legs into the car. She rested her body on the steering and tears flowed uncontrollably.
‘Could the call have been God’s answer to my prayer?’ Her mind flashed back to some minutes ago when she asked God for help. ‘Does God still care about my messed up life? She wondered.
Seyi, Bayo and Bimbo gathered around her. Seyi and Bimbo stood by the open door, Bayo opened the passenger’s door and crawled next to her. They all hugged her. ‘Mummy sorry.’ None of them knew what was going on but they knew their mum was going through a lot. As they hugged her, she cried the more.
Then Bayo spoke softly into her right ear ‘Jesus asked me to tell you that He loves you and has forgiven you, mummy.’
She lifted up her head from the steering where she had buried it, looked at him with tears flowing down her cheeks. ‘What did you just say?’ She opened her eyes wide causing the skin over her forehead to wrinkle.
Bayo moved back a little. He couldn’t interpret the look on his mother’s face. Was she angry and about to slap him or was she shocked and need to clarify what she had just heard? He wasn’t so sure but he suddenly felt the boldness to speak. He repeated himself. ‘Jesus asked me to tell you that He loves you and has forgiven you’
‘Jesus spoke to you?’ She pointed at him.
‘Yes mummy. It was an amazing experience. I was in my room this evening after lunch. I picked my Bible to read and the strangest thing happened.’ His eyes were wide with excitement. ‘You remember the man I told you I saw in my dream?’ He reminded his mum but didn’t wait for her response. ‘He entered my room, mummy. He told me he was Jesus and He had a message for my mummy. He said I should tell you He loves you and has forgiven you.’
Mrs Cole looked at him in amazement. ‘Me?’ She pointed to herself.
‘Yes, you mummy.’ A smile broke out on Bayo’s face.
Mrs Cole lifted her head up and fought tears from falling. ‘Jesus loves a mess like me. How possible is that?’ She shook her head. ‘Does he know how much of a mess I am?’ She could not hold back the tears any more.
‘Mummy stop crying Bimbo and Seyi told her.’
Bimbo took the end of her flared skirt and used it to clean her mother’s face. ‘Jesus loves all of us.’ She told her.
‘Thank you.’ her mum appreciated her for the kind gesture. ‘Please open the gate for me.’ She told Bayo.
He did and Mrs Cole drove into the compound. She picked her bag and went into the house. Without saying anything, she went straight to her room, dropped her bag on the bed and fell on her knees.
‘Jesus, if what Bayo said you said is true, then I want you to know that I acknowledge the fact that I need you. My life is messed up. My home is on fire. Nothing is working. My husband drinks and womanizes. Everything is wrong with this family but I need you. We need you Jesus.’ She cried so more as she poured out her heart. ‘Please Lord, I am so so sorry for the rubbish I did with Emeka. I know it was wrong and I was heading down the wrong path yet I just didn’t know how to stop. Until you miraculously intervened. I’m truly sorry.’
She remembered what Bayo said, “Jesus loves you and has forgiven you”. She cried more, ‘You even forgave me before I asked for your forgiveness. What kind of love is this?’ She felt she needed to tell God she was ready to turn a new leave. ‘Dear Lord, I believe I have been so wrong. From today, I want to live my life for you. I want to please you and make you proud.’ She went on praying for the next 20 minutes. She prayed for her husband and children, she asked God for wisdom to cut off from Emeka, she asked for God’s help in all her endeavors.
When she was done, she felt so light. All the burdens on her mind that had weighed her down had been lifted. She felt so joyful and peace like she had never experienced. She knew something new had happened.
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