A POLE IN THE DARK (Episode 27)
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At midnight of the second day, Tony finally returned her several calls. When she picked his call, she heard the voice of Tony writhing in pain. As warned by Mama Blessing to be careful, she asked him to go to the hospital. Tony pleaded with her to come again but she declined. He pressed further until he hit the nail on the head.
“I want you, Angela. Please, I can’t do without you.”
“Why don’t you want to go to the hospital? You need to be treated. You can’t continue to endure this pain.” Angela sympathised.
“Yes, I can’t endure this pain of love. Angela, I want you. You are the only treatment I need.”
When she knew his tactics, she asked after his wife. When he began to stammer, Angela asked him to be truthful to her.
“I’m no more with Leah. Our chemistry didn’t work. Besides, she hates my family. You are a rare gem. Let’s come together for the sake of our daughter.”
His pleas struck deep in her heart to the extent of changing her stance but Mama Blessing’s warning cautioned her.
“Tony, give me time to pray and decide what to do next.”
“I knew it! I knew it!! Angela, after sacrificing my life, time, energy and resources to defend and rescue you from Amos and his men, is this how you want to repay me?”
“I appreciated your efforts and that of Leah. Tony, you can’t force me to marry you. Please, try to understand my point.”
“What of Annie? What will be her fate?”
“God will settle us. Tony, remember the pregnancy wasn’t planned and you even told me to abort it then. So, why this pressure?”
Tony paused and then answered her lustfully, “You are sweet in bed…No other woman can beat you in that game… Angela, I love you.”
It became clear to her why he was after her. She made up her mind to cut off her relationship with him. Tony was shocked to hear her final decision and he tried to use Annie as an excuse but all to no avail. He then threatened to take his daughter by force, but Angela reminded him of Amos and Matt.
“You will be behind the bars too.” She threatened him.
“Angela, you know what? I have all your secrets at my fingertips. I will expose and disgrace you. Mark my words!”
Angela laughed so hard and dropped the bombshell, “I have reported myself to the highest authority and have been acquitted. All my past mistakes and sins have been wiped off and forgotten.”
“No! It’s a lie! I will expose you. Useless woman!”
“Go ahead and do your worst. Tony, I repeat, go ahead and expose me. I now have a clean record. God has forgiven and delivered me. I’m free and free indeed. Goodbye!”
Angela hung up and sighed deeply as she began to praise God for His guidance. She later went and revealed what happened to Mama Blessing who greatly rejoiced with her for God’s mercy and faithfulness. Mama Blessing turned to her and said,
“A pole in the dark cannot be appreciated or noticed unless there’s a bright light. A pole could be a flag, tent or electricity pole but its beauty and what it stands for can be known if it’s in the light. Sister Angela, you are God’s pole carrying the flag of great purpose. If these distractions and darkness in your life aren’t removed, you won’t be able to fulfil your purpose in life.”
“Hmm, a pole in the dark? Lord, make me a pole bearing the flag of Jesus in the light.” Angela confessed confidently.
“Yes! A pole in the light will be noticed. Now that you are in the light, you will be able to fulfil God’s purpose for your life and the right man will also be able to locate you. I rejoice with you and pray that God will fulfill His will in your life.”
Angela thanked her for her support and genuine love for her and her daughter. On their way home, Annie repeatedly reminded her mother of her 6th year birthday party with her friends and her mother was prepared to satisfy her. She kept counting days until that day when her friends came to celebrate with her. When the birthday was about to start, someone entered and Angela…
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Angela thanked her for her support and genuine love for her and her daughter. On their way home, Annie repeatedly reminded her mother of her 6th year birthday party with her friends and her mother was prepared to satisfy her. She kept counting days until that day when her friends came to celebrate with her. When the birthday celebration was about to start, someone entered and Angela was shocked.
Mrs Hephzibah, Angela’s elder sister who lived in Italy decided to surprise her and Annie. It was a happy reunion for them as they hugged each other after seven years. Annie was equally happy to welcome her aunt who brought a lot of gifts for her. The birthday celebration had in attendance their parents, some church members and friends. When the celebration ended, Clement praised Angela for coordinating the children maturely and upholding Christian values during the celebration. He prayed for her and left with other church members.
Later in the evening, Mrs Hephzibah challenged Angela for allowing Clement to brainwash her with religious beliefs in regards to celebrating birthday.
“Angela, when did you join these fanatics who aren’t fit to be in this world again? They neither drink alcohol nor enjoy life to the fullness. I wonder what gives them satisfaction.”
“Sister Hephzy, I’m a believer in Christ Jesus. Annie is also enjoying her life with Jesus. In fact, you could see that the children really enjoyed themselves today.”
“You? Angela? So you have joined them. My goodness! For your information, I hate them and avoid them like a plague. They are hypocrites and don’t mingle with people. Holier-than-thou attitude!”
“This isn’t true. Believers in Christ Jesus are lively people full of joy of the Holy Spirit. My sister, ever since I gave my life to Jesus, He has never disappointed or failed me. He is ever faithful.” Angela testified.
“Oh, I see. He is faithful? That’s why you are yet to get married. I know three women who clocked 40 years before they were given husbands in their church. I hope you aren’t planning to get married to Clement or any man from their midst. The fact is, I will never attend your wedding!”
“Sister, are you here to visit us or to taunt me? Please, let’s change the topic.”
“Do you want to chase me away like you did to Mr Dare from Prophet Jerry’s church?”
On hearing this, Angela was dumbfounded. She knew their mother had revealed everything to her. She wondered how her sister would travel down to the Netherlands from Italy to question her personal choices. She decided not to reply her but to ask after her business.
“Sister, how’s your business going? How are the young girls faring in the business?”
“Which business? Angela, mind your utterances.”
“I haven’t forgotten how you almost ruined my life by luring me into prostitution. I escaped and didn’t inform our mother. You came here to challenge me not to marry from certain group of believers. So, you want me to marry one of the men who patronise your girls? Answer me!”
It became tensed as they exchanged words maturely because of Annie who was watching the television. Angela’s sister informed her that she had left that illegal business when she contracted a strange sickness that left some scars on her body.
“It was from one sickness to another for almost two years before I got a relief through a herbalist.”
“Herbalist? Where?” Angela shouted.
“I travelled to our country and visited him in a remote village. But after that…” She burst into tears.
Angela was surprised to see her weeping in her presence. Her sister, also known as Iron lady earned that name for daring anyone who tried to cheat her. Angela remembered how she beat up some boys in their school who booed her because of her oversized gown.
“It was when I returned that I lost my first daughter.”
“Ha! I remember you told me she died mysteriously. My God!” Angela lamented.
“When I later informed the herbalist, he told me that she was the substitute. Ha! It pained me and I couldn’t reveal it to my husband.”
Angela seized the opportunity to present the gospel to her.
“Sister, it really pained me when there’s a perfect substitute already.”
“Angela, I didn’t know. Who’s the substitute? My daughter was innocent. Ha! Had I known this substitute before she died, I would have sought for him.”
“Jesus Christ is our perfect substitute. He had died in our place and bore our sins and punishment. We don’t need to do any sacrifice again. With His stripes, we are healed and made whole.”
Mrs Hephzibah bowed her head in sorrow as she reflected on her struggles and troubles.
“The sickness returned after a year and the herbalist told me to come back next month. Our mother asked me to visit you before travelling home. I’m even scared to visit the herbalist. Who knows the next victim? I don’t want to lose anyone again…” Hephzibah revealed.
Angela was still surprised how her sister kept pouring out her heart.
“Sister, there’s a solution. Just surrender your life to Jesus Christ and He will beautify your life with unlimited blessings. I tried Him and my life isn’t the same again. He loves me and he’s ever with me.” Angela testified again.
Mrs Hephzibah sighed deeply as she looked at her sister radiating the joy of God. She asked if she could think over it but Angela warned her against delaying her salvation. She opened the Bible to her and admonished her to yield her all to Jesus Christ. When she was about to…
Published By: Ifeoluwa ORISAKAHUNSI