THE DILEMMA OF SIS. REBECCA (1)
By: Mike Bamiloye
Your Wedding is in two weeks,
And you are still feeling this way.
Yesterday, you were happy.
Today you are down with doubt and depression.
Yet you say the Holy Spirit has given you several convictions,
That he is the Skeleton
From where you have been the Missing Rib.
You said several prophetic utterances had confirmed it
Ahead of his coming to propose to you,
That solemn evening after the Service of Song
Of the Church Convention.
You said as he was called upon to render
The main Solo of the night,
And as he stepped out of the rest of the Mass Choir,
And as he grabbed the microphone and
Pierced the solemnity of the sacred convention hall with
The rare captivating voice of a symphonic nightingale,
You said, once again, your heart skipped
As you saw him rendering a major song of the night.
And you could not hold back your tears as
The whole congregation of the convention stood
Up to give him a standing ovation.
Then, after the service, you were still thinking
Of the song he rendered when someone touched
Your shoulder from behind.
As you turned round to see whoever the person was,
You nearly fainted when you saw,
Standing before you, still in his choir robe, Bro. Nicholas.
Then, you said, for about three minutes
You were staring at him as he stood before you speechless.
Then, he stuttered out his word that he wanted to speak to you.
He led you to the side of the church and broke the news.
He said what you never expected.
You heard it and you still thought you were dreaming.
It was as if lightening had struck you.
You were transfixed on the spot speechless.
He had said to you,
That the Holy Spirit had convinced him severally
That you are his missing rib,
That you are the Lady the Lord God had created for him.
That you are the rest part of his being that has been missing.
And he had asked you to go and pray over it.
You had opened your mouth,
And no word had come out for two minutes.
You tried to speak again and no word had come out.
After many trials within three minutes of staring at him.
God intervened, and you were able to speak at last.
You said you would pray about it and he left you still standing there.
You had not prayed long,
And you needed not pray much,
Because you said, you had been told
About six months before the time.
You had been told by the Holy Spirit and
When you told me to pray with you.
I tried my best and prayed too.
I didn’t see anything contrary.
The only thing that confused me about him was that
I saw him among the contestants of a Reality Show
On Silverbird Television also singing among some people.
I saw him singing with the secular talents who had come
For the Reality Show also.
That day, I was more doubtful,
When I saw him wearing a jean trousers
That has turn in many places.
I felt like asking him if I could see him:
‘Brother, did you fight with a leopard
Or you borrowed this trousers from the
Mad Man of Gadarene?’
That evening when I saw him,
On the television, singing a Reggae music,
I was absolutely confused.
The next Sunday,
He was in the Choir again,
Singing unto the Lord.
When I told the Choir Master what I observed about him,
He said, Jesus Christ did not seclude Himself
From the midst of the Worldly people.
He said you have to be in their midst
To gain them to Christ.
So, I held my peace since then.
And when I told you about it,
You said, Bro. Nicholas carries a very nice spirit.
You said, once a week, you prayed and fast together.
You said, since he lost the contest at the Reality Show,
He never went back there again.
But I told you,
You should go and check his social media,
I asked you if you had seen his Facebook Page,
Instagram and Twitter.
You said you are not a Social Media person.
You said you don t even visit your own Facebook page.
I said: Ah, how can a person be living at this critical moment
And not have understanding and
Knowledge about what is happening around her?
You said, you have a Facebook profile and Instagram page
But you don’t patronize them often.
I told you, I went to his Facebook page and
Saw a picture of him in the midst of some questionable ladies.
You said when you asked him about the ladies,
He said they were his colleagues at his place of work.
Your wedding is in two weeks,
What is making you sad some times,
And making you happy some times?”
My beloved Sister from another mother.
I have not hidden anything from you about this wedding
And my relationship with Bro. Nicholas.
You are the Chief Bride’s Maid.
We have just had the final Counseling Session this afternoon
In the Pastor’s office,
After which we went to our usual garden,
Where we prayed together for one hour,
On various matters about the coming wedding.
We prayed in tongues for about twenty minutes.
Then we parted and I was coming home.
And the Depression and Fear came over me again.”
“But, why? Rebecca, why?”
“Esther, I don’t know.
Whenever it comes like that,
I get frightened.
As the days of the Wedding draw closer,
Instead of being expectant and joyous,
My heart beats fast.
And I am scared.
What do you think I should do?”
THE DILEMMA OF SIS. REBECCA. (2)
bY: Mike Bamiloye
“Now, calm down.
This crying that you are crying,
I am not understanding.
Now, calm down,
And lay down your explanations with patience.
You said your heart is always beating fast
Whenever you remember that
the Wedding Day is drawing closer.
You said, for some days now,
You have not been sleeping well,
Always frightened by the Wedding Day.
Then, you said, someone was giving you counseling
That you should call off the wedding day
Till you have peace in your heart.
Who gave you that counseling?
May thunder strike the person who gave you the counseling.
Call off what?
When you brought him to us in Akure
That afternoon, didn’t you gave us many convictions.
When you first told your Dad and I,
What was the first thing we told you?
Didn’t we tell you to go and be sure very well before
You bring him to us?
Didn’t your Daddy tell you that
He would pretend you have not told him anything?
He said you should go and be sure very well.
Call off what?
The wedding that is just ten days time.
The parents of the boy were with us here yesterday.
We all ate together on the same dinning table
As a sign of Memorandum of Understanding.
We told them to come down here with Egunsi soup,
With bush meat stew and four bottles of wine.
While we on our part was to get set
Pounded yam in three china bowls.
So they brought the soup and wine
We brought the Pounded yam.
We ate together.
We danced to the old Obey music.
We love he family so much.
They are full of good understanding.
We have grown to be friends now.
And we have sealed our in-lawship with a token of food.
Call of what?
What shall we tell them then?
That our daughter’s heart is pounding “gbi!…gbi!…gbi!”
Whenever she remembers that the wedding is few days time.
Ah! I knew it!
I knew it that the enemies of your father’s house
Would revolt against this wedding.
I knew it that they would take the fight
Into the realm of the spirit.
I knew it that they would turn the heat upon my daughter.
Be bold and strong!
You are the daughter of your father!
A thousand flies do not engage a bunch of brooms in a fight.
It is with the stepping of the leg that the dry leaves are crushed.
We shall vanquish them all.
All those who are waging war against
The wedding of my daughter,
May your ways be rough!
All of you!”
“Mum, please don’t tell my Dad,
All these conversations between us.
Thank you so much for your encouraging words.
Good Night, Mum.”
“That was your Mum.
What was she saying?”
I am fed up with all these.
I don’t know…what to do again.”
“You better wipe away your tears
And face reality squarely.
This is no time to cry in one corner of your room,
But time to face the giant and slay him once and for all.
What did your mother say?”
“She’s never wanted to hear anything about
Calling off the Wedding.
She said it is impossible.
That the two families have united tightly and
The cord can not be broken again.”
“And what is your take on this?
All these depends on you, Rebecca.
Your Mum and Dad would not live
In that house with you and your husband.
If this decision is not right,
Then it is you that would face the horrible consequences
Of living with the wrong man all the rest of your life.”
When I was praying over these in the night,
The Lord gave me a message in His Word
And I don’t fully understand it.
It is in Joshua 1:9
It flashed in my spirit about three times.
And when I woke up,
I went to open the passage and I read it.”
“And what did the passage say?”
“This is it.
Let me open the Bible and read it exactly the way
I saw it……Yea, it says:
‘Have I not commanded you?
Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,
for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” ‘
…When you were praying….
The Lord gave you a verse….
It flashed three times….
And when you woke up…
And what does this verse mean to you, Rebecca?”
“Well,…I don’t know, Esther.
Sincerely, I don’t know.
Please, what do you think the Verse means…?
Why are you staring at me, Esther?
Speak out your mind.”
“You don’t know?
You said the Lord showed you this verse of the Bible…Abi?
Well,…the verse is clear enough.
It says you should be strong and courageous.
The verse is very clear.
No ambiguity intended…..
But God is not an Author
It is getting late,
I am going home.
“OK, Good Night,
We shall see tomorrow to conclude
On the gowns of the Bridal Train….
Ah Good evening, Daddy, Sir”
“Good evening, Rebecca,
You called me in the afternoon,
You were sounding agitated and disturbed.
You said you wanted to discuss something
Very important with me.
I was in Church Elders’ meeting at the time,
And I said I would call you back.
What was it?
How are the preparations going?”
“We are all preparing, sir.
Thanks for all your efforts and counseling.
It is not necessary again, sir.
It has been sorted out.”
“Are you sure? ”
I am perfectly sure”
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