That one fear. On that faithful morning, as I rolled over, stretching my arms and body, I had a quick glance at d clock⏰ that was situated in the middle of the room, realized I had woken a little quite early, as it was 4:35 am by the clock⏰. Fully stretched, I noticed a ray of light💡 so bright piercing through my door and window, still in bed, I cried 😢, mother! mother!, there was no response. I didn’t think of calling out to father cos he had passed away a while now😇. I thought next to call out my siblings, i started by screaming the name “Bobo”, she happens to be the last card of the family👪 and my favorite sibling, she did not reply, same applied to my two other siblings.
At this juncture, I was gripped by intense fear, my uncertainties were right in front of me like a reflection in the mirror.
Where is everyone? Was the question that kept churning and burning🔥inside me, it is quite early, where have they all gone to?? We are not farmers so the issue of going them having gone to the farm was out of the equation.
I garnered a little courage and rose from my bed, reaching out for the window. As I peered through the window, lo, and behold all I could see were strange faces in groups of twos, threes, fours, and fives, engrossed in whatever conversation they were having. My fear now intensified and the fear of the unknown now had its full clutch on me, coupled with the fact that it was seemingly too bright for that hour of the day as it was now about 5 am according to my clock.
Had the most dreaded day come, have I and the others been left behind? These questions found expression in my heart and mind, I forbade it immediately, I did not want to think it, nor its possibilities, I did not want to live in that nightmare. Some hot tears rolled down my cheeks😢 because I knew not what to do. I was too scared to open the door nor to step out of the room, all I could do was bury my face in my hands n reach for the floor.
Seated on d floor, in my confused state, with hands over my face and tears gushing like a burst pipe😭😭, my door creaked as though someone or something was trying to pave a way through. I was looking for the closest and safest place to hide, or the closest weapon to hold high in self-protection and defense. Before I could collect these thoughts together, I heard a voice so familiar call out my name. Fastening my eyes in that direction, it was my mom.
Filled with great joy, I hugged her so tightly, I am so sure she almost ran out of breath, lol, and asked where she and everyone had gone to that early, did she not notice the unusual brightness of the day? told her about all my fears about what I thought had happened and she laughed out so loud, she found my fears hilarious, and I was angered and wondering why she was laughing cos I felt it was something that required urgent attention and not is made fun of. Now 5:10 am looking so bright as though it were 10 am or 11 am?.
She then responded to me by saying it was not as early as I thought, that the clock had stopped working early hours of the day and that she had gone to the market and my siblings to school. I was not at all satisfied with that response. Why did I not have the slightest idea of when everyone woke up? I don’t sleep deep and you know it was my next response to her. She then explained to me that I was a bit down with a high fever the previous day, and some drugs and injections were administered to me by the family doctor which knocked me out totally. The whole thing started to make sense now.
But then, what about those strange faces in groups out there, engrossed in their conversation? She then replied saying, a neighbor had passed away the early hours of dawn… It then illuminated everything to me. Some people are lucky in life to always get a second chance, some others are not. Second chances are not certain which is why one has to be prepared always for anything life throws at him.
The lady in the story was so lucky to have had all her fears vanished, as nothing she had was lost. You on the other hand might not be as lucky as she was. You should be prepared because His coming, they describe being as that of a “thief”, unannounced. You don’t want to be taken unawares. Nothing kills faster than the fear of the unknown but we are privileged to be in the know of the things to befall us. Ignorance is no longer an excuse.