A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 25)
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Richard couldn’t believe his eyes. He wanted to attack her with words again but she pushed him out of her house.
“Don’t ever come here again, or else I will deal with you.” She slammed the door with these words.
She was about to sit down when Annie gave her Richard’s phone. When she collected it, a text message came in.
“Honey, I’m horny. Can’t wait to see you.”
Angela checked the other text messages and saw lewd messages from three women including a Dutch woman. She was still checking the photo gallery when he came knocking on the door. She opened the door and gently dropped it on the ground.
“I thank God for exposing your real character today. My God! Eva, Marielle, Remi and the other women in your life? And you are here threatening me to cook for you and serve my master? I pity the woman you will eventually marry. If I see you here again, just be ready for the police.” He stood there like an exposed thief while she railed on him and then closed the door.
“Mum, why is this man always angry?” Annie asked her.
“Don’t worry. Bring my phone.”
She saw two missed calls from her mother and wondered how she didn’t hear it. She later called her.
“My daughter, I want to inform you about the outcome of our seven days prayer and fasting.”
“Mummy, I have told you not to fret yourself about marriage..”
She cut in, “Keep quiet! The prophet said your husband is in Nigeria. He said you will always be disappointed by men over there.”
“Mummy! God will help me but…”
“Angela, God will not come down and give you a husband. So, after our fasting and prayers, God revealed to our prophet the name of your husband.”
“Mummy! Remember this is the third prophet that will suggest names to you. Let’s be patient!”
“Be patient? You and Annie need a man to complete your family. I’m your mother and I want the best for you. By the way, I will send the picture of the man and his details to you. Please, contact him as soon as possible. Is that clear?”
She became troubled again after the conversation with her mother.
“Lord, I need your guidance!” She whispered in prayer to God.
Tony stopped calling her for almost two weeks until Angela became worried. One part of her wanted him but the other part desired to wait on God. She picked her phone to call him but there was no response. All her text messages weren’t replied and this heightened her worries. While still expecting to hear from Tony, she saw an unknown number calling her and she picked it with excitement.
“Hello Miss Angela! My name is Dare.”
She couldn’t place the name and asked for proper introduction.
“Your mother knows me and Prophet Jerry received me in a vision.”
Angela remembered the contact her mother sent to her but deemed it unwise to go ahead with it. She managed to respond to some questions he asked and she promised to pray about it. Angela began to receive daily prophetic declarations and Psalms to read from Bro Dare. After a week, it graduated to dreams and revelations he received. If he didn’t dream about traveling to different countries of the world, it would be playing with five children, sleeping on a waterbed or eating Dutch foods. None of those dreams moved her but her mother’s threats to stop calling her if she didn’t marry him affected her.
Dare pressured her to get married soon and she began to give in to her mother’s threats. She refused to disclose anything to Evelyn or her Pastor because she knew what their responses would be. Angela began to open her heart to him and he moved ahead with the help of the Prophet who constantly demanded money from her to pray for her and her future. The wedding preparation was going faster beyond her control. However, she grew lean day after day through extra hours of work and anxiety. Added to her worries were her strange dreams. The strange dreams started when the prophet sent anointing oil to her for spiritual cleansing and protection. A strange man began to sleep with her in her dreams which robbed her of sleep and strength.
After a month, she received a text message from Tony that he was hospitalised. She booked a flight to Antwerp in a haste and handed her daughter to Mama Blessing. She lied she was going to a conference. She reached Antwerp in the evening and headed straight to the hospital. While she waa in the taxi, Tony sent another address to her. Immediately she informed the driver of the new address, Mama Blessing called her.
“What! Annie? What happened?”
A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 26)
After a month, she received a text message from Tony that he was hospitalised. She booked a flight to Antwerp in a haste and handed her daughter to Mama Blessing. Angela lied she was going to a conference. She reached Antwerp in the evening and headed straight to the hospital. While she was in the taxi, Tony sent another address to her. Immediately she informed the driver of the new address, Mama Blessing called her.
“What! Annie? What happened?”
Angela quickly called Tony to update him but it didn’t go through. She tried again without any success. She decided to check the train schedule and found a train going to Schiphol/Amsterdam airport at 8:30 pm and turned back to the Antwerp central station. She was almost two hours into the journey when Tony called to ask her whereabouts. She told him the urgency of her daughter’s health and promised to visit the following week. She eventually reached Mama Blessing’s house to find her daughter hale and healthy. All through the journey she was in contact with Mama Blessing but meeting her in good condition was a great miracle to her.
“She developed high body temperature after an hour you left. Before I knew it, she began to shiver and I gave her paracetamol. When I couldn’t understand the nature of her sickness, I decided to call you. You know what? Immediately you informed me of your arrival, she was perfectly alright. Maybe she didn’t want you to go?” Mama Blessing narrated to her.
Angela hugged her daughter who was excited to see her. Meanwhile, Mama Blessing had prepared food for her and discouraged her from going back to their house that night. When they were eating, Mama Blessing asked Angela some pertinent questions.
“Will you still be able to attend the conference tomorrow?”
She dropped her spoon on the plate and cleaned her mouth.
“Don’t you want to go again?”
Angela couldn’t respond to her. She sighed deeply as she avoided her piercing eyes.
“Sister Angela, are you hiding something? Tell me…”
“I lied to you!” Angela confessed.
“I knew it!”
There was a pindrop silence and Annie looked at them funnily.
“I went to see Tony!”
“I didn’t meet him.”
“Thank you Jesus!”
“Why? What happened?”
Mama Blessing narrated the dream she had some days before how a man lured Angela with an apple. She had already taken two bites before she realised it was a rotten apple. Thereafter, she began to vomit while the man stood there making mockery of her. She couldn’t tell her but prayed and fasted for her. On hearing that, she wept bitterly, repented and asked God for forgiveness.
“Sister Angela, I know you are troubled and yearned to get married. I know there are pressures and great expectations from you. I know you want to enjoy marital bliss.”
Angela looked at her to affirm all she said.
“But there’s a thin line between the right man and the almost right man. My sister, can you just wait on God and put every distraction aside?”
“Every distraction? Including bro Dare?” Angela asked her
“Who’s bro Dare? Is he the one in the choir?”
“No. He is in Nigeria.”
She told her everything about him, her mother and the prophet. She revealed how a man had been sleeping with her every night and the strange dreams. When she finished, Mama Blessing held her hands and began to pray for her. After some minutes, she took her Bible and read Colossians chapter 2 verses 14:& 15 with her.
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
Then, she prayed fervently with Angela using the Bible verses with praises to God until midnight. Angela knew God had done something new in her life. To her surprise, she didn’t dream of the man and her sleep was pleasant. Before leaving Mama Blessing in the afternoon, she reminded her to wait on God and seek counsels when necessary. Later in the evening, Dare called her with a trembling voice and informed her that the prophet had been paralyzed. She was about to sympathise with him when he said he wouldn’t go ahead with the wedding plan again. Angela paused for some minutes and asked him for the reason.
“My backup is already paralyzed. What can I do? Moreover, your spirit doesn’t match my spirit. We aren’t compatible. Period!”
Angela felt a great relief when he hung up. It was like a dream to see how God delivered her from the bondage. She thought of sharing the news with Mama Blessing when her mother called her. She accused her of calling off the relationship citing her insubordination and having a strange spirit. All attempts to explain herself proved abortive and her mother hung up abruptly. Mama Blessing later rejoiced with her for the victory and encouraged her to prayerfully call her mother to explain everything that happened to her.
At midnight on the following day, Tony finally returned her several calls. When she picked his call, she heard the voice of…
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI