Beyond His will
©️ Ismail Damilola Oyinade Aluyotumise
Christina’s mum came all the way from the village to check on her daughter, it was a seven hours journey from the east to the west. Christiana stays in Ibadan, her parent has urged her to come home and pay them a visit, but she keep proscastinating her travelling. I will come next week is always her anthem. Her mother decided to come and pay her a visit.
She alighted from the taxi stretching her back
Thank God o, Chai! My back don break, have told Christiana to come back to the east, but you won’t listen..
She untie her wrapper and brought out some money from one corner of her wrapper, she stretched the money as it was so squeeze and gave it to the driver
Oya, con down! My load dey your booth, she told the driver
The driver came down, opened his booth and brought out her luggages..
Thank you o.. Christiana mum said adjusting her wrapper.. Safe journey o my son.. She waved the driver good bye until the driver was out of sight
She dragged the luggages because it was too heavy for her to carry.
I don call this call, but she no dey pick her call.. I pray say make I meet her for house
Christina’s mum talk to herself as she headed towards Christiana house
She got to her door and knocked. After knocking for few minutes and no response, she pushed the the door and it suddenly opened,.
Christiana mother dragged the luggage in..
Where is this girl? Why did she leet the door open? She dropped her bag and examined the whole room, it a room and palour self contain.
The whole house was so dirty, the toilet was left opened, making the whole living room stinking, the kitchen was so untidy, a lot of dirty plate were left in the sink, making flies to play around the kitchen, the pot containing the food was left opened on the floor, dirt water was stored up in a bowl, the floor was so dirty, the living room was like the field used during world war one, the table was turned upside down, left over food was on the floor, waters was everywhere as a result of abandoned pure water sachets,
Christiana’s mum was so surprise with what she saw.
Am I in a wrong house? How can Christiana left the house so dirty like this? Where is she self? She angrily went into Christiana room and met her praying..
Let your will be done father! Your will oh lord! I want your will! She continue praying without noticing the presence of her mum
Her mum angry left the room, and started tidying up the whole house, she cleaned and sweep the living room, washed the whole plate, , flushed and cleaned the toilets, mopped the floor, this takes her two hours before cleaning the whole house.. She became tired and hungry.
She checked the time and it was past 4 in the evening, Christiana was still praying..
Christiana’s mum wanted her to cook for her, her mother decided to wait for her to finish her prayer, while waiting for her she slept off on the couch..
Christiana mum woke up in the night feeling weak and tired, she yawn and checked her time
Jesus! Eight don reach? I beg where is this girl?
She stoop up and went to Christiana room only to find her still praying, she looked at her angrily and wish to give her a sounding slap, but she controlled herself and went out after giving out a long hiss
She went to the kitchen and cook a meal for herself as she was tired of waiting for Christiana, she cooked and eat the food alone
She settled down on a three sitter chair, switch on the television and was changing the channel searching for her favorite channel
Few minutes later, Christiana came out of her room, she was surprise to see her mum
Mum, good evening , when did you arrive? She said jumping at her mum
What is good about this evening? Leave me alone jor! She said pushing her away, I came all the way from east to see my daughter, only to spend four good hours in the same house with her without good hospitality..
Mum, am sorry! I just need to talk to my heavenly father, there is power in prayer you know.. She said hugging her mother again
Is that the reason why you left your whole house untidy, I thought I entered the wrong house..
Oh! That true, I didn’t notice until you said it now, you tidy up everything!
Christiana said looking at everywhere
I was busy praying throughout the day, I didn’t have the time to tidy up.. Taenk you mum
Christiana, you are no longer a kid, just because you are praying doesn’t means you shouldn’t perform your duty. You are going to become a wife and a mother one day, and all these..
Mum, I can’t neglect my heavenly father because of a worldly thing, Christiana cut in.
God is my first priority, after Him comes every other things
You are right my daughter, but am sure God won’t be happy seeing your whole house untidyy..
Mum, let forget about that, am perceiving some aroma in the kitchen.. She stoop up and went to the kitchen
She opened the pot and saw what her mother cooks
Wow! Mum! I love you! I know it gonna be my favorite, am so famished.. I need to eat.. She served herself and joined her mother in the living room
She continue talking while her mother ignored her..
The next day, Christiana woke up early scattering the whole house and talking to herself
Where do I put my shoe? Oh God! She exclaimed
Her mother woke up
Why won’t you allow me to sleep in peace? Ehn Christy?
Am sorry mama, am looking for my shoe, and am almost late for work
Do you just listen to yourself, a 27years old lady looking for her shoe, when you are not a five yeas old girl, you are not organised at all..
Mum, this not the time to nag, anybody can misplace things, pls help me search for it,
she bend down and check under the bed,
Have seen it! Thank God,
She pulled out the shoe under the bed,
It one, the second one is not here, where could it be?
Her mother looked at her shaking her head
She went to the living room, checked under the chair, table, in the kitchen, still couldn’t find it, she was so pissed off
She bent on her kneels and check under the freezer
Have found it! She exclaimed
Christy rushed to the bathroom, took her bath and dress up in hurry.. She picked her bag and rushed out of the bedroom
Mum, take care.. She said rushing to the door
Come back here, her mother beckoned on her, she stood up from the bed and examined Christy from head to toe
Don’t tell me you are going to work like this? Dirty shoes, untidy hair?
Mum, this is not important, these are just my body, the soul is the most important thing, as long as my soul is clean before God, any other thing is not important, the body will eventually perish in the end
Ehn! This girl have killed me, Christy don kill me o! Her mother exclaimed. Who will marry a lady looking like this? Who? Or do you think you will remain a spinster forever
Mum, that is where you people all got it wrong! A child of God will not marry base on beauty, but on the Will of God. A man who has the spirit of God will marry a woman who also have the spirit of God, the fear of God, who is devoted and committed, who prays and fast a lot, he won’t just go for beauty, mum, we will continue this discussion when I get back.. Love you mum
She said and rushed out
Christy! Come back here! Her mother shouted but she was gone
Christiana rushed to the main road and stopped a taxi..
Where? The driver asked
Okay, she said and opened the door to enter
Do you have change madam, you are my first customer this morning, I don’t ave change ma
Christiana entered and the driver zoom off
They got to their destination and Christiana alighted, she opened her bag and brought out her purse, she opened it and brought out #1000 note.
Take, she said stretching the money to the driver
Aunty, I told you I don’t have change now
I don’t understand you, the transport fare from where you picked me to the is place is normally #100, but I decided to accept your offer of #200 because am late and also for you to have #800 change, and you are here telling me story again
Madam, #100 from where to where? Well that is not my business, give me my money and I don’t have #1000 change
Then you are not ready to collect your money, as you can see am late for work, if you do not take this money from me now and give me my change, that means you don’t need your money, she said putting back the money inside her purse
The driver off his car engine and came down of his car.
What do you think you are doing? The driver asked looking angry
Am Going? I don’t have time
The driver dragged her back.
come here jare aunty, where do you think you are going? Better pay me my money o
Do you just touch me now? Are you mad? You dey carze ni? In fact you are crazy, who do you think you are? okay! I don’t have money, do your worst, you are stupid!
Aunty, I don’t want trouble this early morning o, give me my money now
Money ko, money ni
They continue fighting until a young man parked in front of the driver and came down
He was tall and looking handsome, his shoes were shining, his white shirt was like that of snow, everything about him was sparkling
He walked towards them
Good morning, what happening here?
Good morning sir, the driver greeted him
I took this aunty from express down here, and I told her before she enters that I don’t have change, and she said okay, on getting here, she gave me #1000, and am trying to explain to her that I don’t have change and she started insulting me
Wat happened madam?
Don’t mind this idiot sir, the original transport fee should be #100 but I accept #200 hoping he will have change, he is now telling me stories here.
It okay, pls stop fighting, it too early to do that, okay let do it this way, pls wait for me, am coming
The man entered his car and brought out two #1000 note, he gave it to the driver, have this
Thank you sir, the driver prostrated for him
It okay you can go
Come back here, you should give him his change thief, Christy said and rushed to the driver
It okay, just let him go, the man said
The driver thanks the man and drove off
Thank so much sir, I really appreciate
Let thank God, pls ma next time just give them whatever they want, it better than all these stress
Thank you so Much sir, God bless you sir.. I have to go now, am late
Take care, the man went back to his car and zoom off
Thank you Jesus, Christiana muttered to herself
To be continue..Beyond His will
©️Ismail Damilola Oyinade Aluyotumise
Christiana went to the supermarket to get some groceries, on her way out she bumped into a Johnson
Am so sorry ma, he bent down and picked all the groceries that fell down
Christiana stood akimbo, waiting for him to look up before giving him a piece of her mind
Am sorry ma, Johnson said again
Are you not Mr #2000? Christiana asked the man
The man looked confused, I don’t get you ma
Are you not the man who paid for my transport fare last week?
At royal avenue?
Oh! Good evening ma, I never believe we can meet this way
Good evening, thank so much for the other day, Christiana said smiling
Let thank God, how are you doing? Hope you didn’t fight another taxi driver? Johnson said smiling
No sir, they both laugh
Am Johnson, what about you?
Nice name, I guess you are heading home?
Do you mind if I give you a ride?
I thought you came to buy something,
Yes, but I can do that later
Alright sir, thank so much
Johnson led her to his car, he opened the front door for her to enter and closed it after Christiana entered, he also entered the car and zoomed off
It was 10mints drive to Christiana house, Christiana thanked him for the ride and they exchanged contact
Christiana called him when she got home and thanked him again
They started friendship after their meeting at the supermaket. Johnson calls her everyday, this made their friendship grow from normal friends to best friends
They spend time together during weekend, this gives them the opportunity to know each other more
Two month after their friendship, Johnson invited her for a date
They got to the venue and Christiana ordered for both of them
You look happy today, any good news? Christiana asked, she poured some wine into her glass cup and drank it
Johnson smiled, dropped his cultery and wiped his mouth with the napkin.
Today is a special and important day in my life, because I want to open a new phase in my life with you Christiana
I don’t understand you
Christiana, before I met you, I never believe in love, the word love was never found in my dictionary, have dated several ladies, but they were after my money, they made me believe you can buy love with your money and discard it after using it then pick up another one, but ever since you came into my life, you change my orientation about love, you changed the way I viewed love, I tested you several time to know if you are also in for my money, but you never fail for once, you proved to me that love still exist, everything about you is so different from what have experience from other girls, Christiana, am sorry I can’t keep you as a friend any longer, am tired of pretending not to love you when am deeply in love with you, pls Christiana, I don’t want you as a friend nor a girlfriend, but I want you to marry me. Christiana pls be my Mrs,
Johnson knelt down on his kneel and brought out a ring
Pls dit down Johnson, pls. Christiana stoop up and lift him up, they both sat down
Johnson, am speechless because I wasn’t expecting this. Thank so much for all what you have said so far, thank for opening your heart for me, thank for seeing me as someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, I really appreciate, base on what you asked me, I would have love to give you an answer now, but am sorry I can’t. Johnson, we are both Christian, and you know Christian don’t act on their own, they act base on the will of God, they does their Father’s will not their own will and also marriage is a very delicate issue, a wrong marriage which is out of God will can make a Christian lose heaven, it can make Satan inherit ones soul, it takes away the joy of Christ away from such victim, and no matter how much such person want to make it right again, it can never be the same again. I don’t want to fall victim of a wrong marriage, pls Johnson I will really appreciate it if you can give me some time to pray about it, I need to know my father’s will base on my marriage.. Pls
It okay, you have the whole time for yourself, am not in hurry..
Thank you, but one thing Johnson
I will be glad if we can continue our friendship, let pretend as if we never had this conversations
Johnson, am also a human, blood flows through my veins. If we keep on discussing this, I might fall in love, and if I pray to God in such state of mind, I will only receive from God what is already in my heart, God said in his word that He will answer them according to the idols in their heart, I don’t want to have an idol in my heart before praying about it, pls help me go to God with a free heart so that I will hear from him directly.. Help me by not starting the fire of love in my heart now, pls
It okay, have heard you, as long as it for the good, I will do what you want
Thank you Johnson
You are welcome
They continued with their meal, after their meals Johnson dropped Christiana home before heading to his house
The following week, Christiana started her prayer and fasting, asking God for His perfect in her life. She called her pastor and informed him to join her in prayer.
The pastor called her after two weeks and told her what he saw concerning her marriage
Sister Christiana, what is happening to bro Johnson, I mean the love he has for you is from God, God planted your love in his heart, which means he is your husband, God even confirm it through mummy, my wife. I didn’t tell her anything about your marriage, but God showed her just to confirmed what I saw.. Sister Christiana, he is your husband
Humm, Christiana sighed. Thank you daddy, I really appreciate your effort and time sir. May God continue to strengthen you. Daddy, am confused, do you believe that despite my prayer and fasting, I haven’t seen anything, God haven’t shown me anything about him
Sister Christiana, that is not a problem, just open your heart to God, He will speak to you
Alright, thank you so much sir. I want to be on my way now, my regards to mummy
God bless you. Take care of yourself
Christiana left the church and headed home, she believed what the pastor said but she want to be convinced, she want God to talk to her.
She got home, went straight to her bedroom and started praying
God, I believed what you said through daddy, but Lord am the victim here, am the one going into this marriage, show me Lord, show me what you have for me in this marriage, show me your plan for both of us in this marriage, if truly you want us together, what is your purpose for both of us, what is our destiny, where will the marriage heads to. Lord pls show me
Christiana prayed for five hours and slept off
She was ministering, thousands of people were in the hall, people were singing, dancing and praising God as she led the praise and worship, everywhere were full of the glory of God, after singing she handed the mic to Johnson, and he stated praying, a lot of miracles were happening, every body was receiving their miracles
Her phone started ringing, she woke up and picked her phone, it was Johnson that called, but before she could picked it, Johnson hanged it up
So I have been dreaming? Me and Johnson ministering in a big hall? God what are you trying to say to me.
The holy spirit ministered to her, that is my plan and purpose for both of you in this marriage, you will both work for me, I will use you both for my glory, both of you are vessel unto honour to me
Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord! She sings and praise God throughout the day
Now I have a confirmation, she told herself
Christiana refused to give answer to Johnson after the revelation, she kept it to herself
During the weekend she travelled to a popular mountain in ekiti state called Erio mountain, she got there on Friday to spend three days, after the registration and reading of the mountain rules and regulations, she carefully placed her bag in the auditorium meant for women, she went to the mountain and started praying
God, I know you have given me confirmation about Johnson, you have shown me your will for my life, your purpose for me and Johnson, but God, I need more. Every relationship has its own challenge, every relationship is full of ups and downs, whether you marry right or wrong, there is always up and down, what makes the marriage overcome such trials is what they received from you God, Lord, pls show me, I want to know what I will hold on to if our trials come, I want to know what will keep me strong if the war of marriage begins, pls God of this mountain show me. Christiana prayed this way for three good days but didn’t see anything. God didnt speak to her, it was time for her to leave the mountain, She need to resumed to the office the next day, so she gave up and decided to come back when she is on leave, she prayed again before going to sleep, during the night She had a dream, she saw a big bowl of water, a small bowl of water and an empty bowl, someone she could not recognized carry the big bowl of water and poured some water into the empty bowl, he also carried the small bowl of water and poured some to the empty bowl too,
Christiana, the man call him
Yes sir, I have mixed the big water and the small water together, now separate them
Sir, the two waters have been mixed together, there is no way I can separate them
The mam took her again to a burning fire, he poured some petrol inside the fire,
Christiana, separate the fire from the petrol
Sir, there is no way I can separate the petrol again
Christiana, as you can’t separate the two waters when I joined them together, nothing will separate you and Johnson if you marry each other, as you can’t separate the fire from the petrol, both of you will become inseparable after coming together. These are my signs for you Christiana
Christiana woke up in the mid night sweating profusely, she sat down and meditate on what she dreamt about.
Johnson and I can’t be separated if we comes together? God you are an awesome God.
Christiana left the mountain the next day, she called Johnson to meet her at their favorite spot. She accepted Johnson proposal. He was so happy, he thanked Christiana for accepting her and thank God for saying yes to their union. They started their courship immediately maintaining sexual purity in their relationship.
Two months later, Johnson made an arrangements to introduced christana to his friends. He invited his friends to his house one weekend
He gave Christiana some money to go to the market and buy some food stuff
Christiana went to the market, brought bitter leaf and other food stuff.
She hurried home and cooked before the arrival of Johnson’s friends
Johnson friends arrived few minutes later, Christiana came out of the kitchen and greeted them. They were happy to see her.
She hurried to the kitchen to serve the food. Johnson joined her in the kitchen to help her.
The aroma of this soup is no nice, he said smiling
Can I have some our madam?
Small thief, that is what you are, Christiana said and they both laugh
Thank you madam
Christiana put some soup in a small plate and gave it to him
Johnson tested the soup and immediately vomited, he rushed to the sink to washed his mouth and spit out the food
What happened? Christiana asked looking confused
Did you cook the bitter leaf without extracting the bitter, I means washing out the bitter and also the salt is too much
I don’t know what you are talking about, I just cook it like that, and the salt is much because it good for the body.
Oh God! Christiana you don’t cook bitter leaf like that, the soup is too bitter.
What do you mean? Are you insulting me now or what?
No dear, it not like that, okay am sorry. Let me help you with the serving, you have been cooking since, I think your phone is ringing, go and pick it
It not ringing, I can’t hear any sounds
It is, hurry
Christiana hurried out of the kitchen
Thank God she is gone, what should I do? The soup is so bitter and salty, I didn’t know Christiana doesn’t know how to cook, I should have helped her, I can’t serve this to my friend and disgrace my wife, they will always make jest of her, they will lose their respect for her if they find out she can’t cook I need to save her. I need to save her reputation, God what should I do before she comes back
Johnson serve the soup in a big pot and carried it, immediately he got to the living room close to the dining table, he slipped and fall, the whole soup turned over and every where was covered with soup
His friends moves closer to him
Hope you are okay? His first friend said examining his body
You should have been careful, another one said
Sorry, oh my God, the whole food is wasted. I thought am gonna taste Christiana food today, one of Johnson friends said
Am okay, thank you! Johnson said pretending to be hurt, God why? Why am I so careless? This food is so delicious, Christiana used her best recipe to cook it
It okay guy, we can always come back and eat, she is going to be our wife anyway, we still have a lot of time to spend together, Johnson second friend said
Christiana rushed down from the stair case, she saw the whole soup all over the ground. She was disappointed and angry wit Johnson for wasting his efforts
Johnson on the other hand was happy, thank God for the wisdom to pretend to fall so that I can pour the food away, at least am able to save my fiancé reputation, and also from future insult from my friends, he thought within himself and smiled
To be continue