The gate opened and some tall beings on wings welcomed me. I was amazed by the beauty my eyes beheld. It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
What was this place? Where was I? I kept walking with these winged tall men as my escorts when I looked forward and saw a lady coming towards us.
Soon my escorts stopped moving and I followed suit. As the lady got closer, my eyes widened in shock.
Was I dreaming? Who am I seeing?
She was dressed in a white beautiful gown. She was so beautiful than she looked when I knew her. I was usually the most beautiful one between the two of us, but today, she surpassed me.
“Susan!” She shrieked in excitement and ran to embrace me.
“Chioma!” I cried out for joy as we clung tightly to each other in a warm embrace.
“So you made it? Oh thank you merciful Lord”. I said in gratitude.
“Our Lord is indeed merciful!” She said with so much excitement in her eyes.
“I was such a fool Chioma. I decided to throw everything away to seek revenge. I lost touch with God and his Holy Spirit just to kill the man who caused your untimely death. But I was such a fool.
You were here in the presence of God. Basking in his glory and majesty. While I was busy running errands that the Devil decieved me into.
Wow! The Lord is indeed merciful. How did it happen?” I asked.
“Actually, it was mercy that spoke for me. I was almost slipping away that day. I was at the verge of sinking into Hell. I had lost all hope of ever getting forgivenesss from God. I only remembered how many times I resisted the Holy Spirit. The only thing I kept remembering was my sturborness.
I was depressed and ready to leave the earth. But right there, mercy came for me.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
That was the scripture that saved me. I began to tell God I’m sorry for letting him down. I began to confess my sins to him and in a few seconds, it was over.
I saw myself coming out of my body and in that room were demons. Horrible ugly looking creatures ready to snatch my soul to Hell.
Immediately they tried to advance, a bright light shone in the room announcing the arrival of the angels of God.
That was how I was saved at last. Forgiven at the slightest minute of departure. Merciful God!” She said and shook her head in painful regret.
“If only I had known that this God was so loving? If I had known he could save a sinner like me? Someone who willingly disobeyed him. Grieved the Holy Spirit and ignored his whispers of love. And made him cry several times on the bed of immorality. If only I had knew he would not turn his back on me when I needed him?
I would have served him with all my heart. I would have preached the gospel with so much passion like never before.
Susan, he actually sent me to do what you did. To win Mr George, who is one of his chosen instruments. But I never understood. Susan, it’s so painful to find out all the things you have missed when it’s already too late.
Mr George was supposed to know about you through me and there the love story would begin. You were sent to accomplish what I failed to accomplish through compromise.
Susan, I’m so proud of you. The hosts of heaven knows you very well. You are popular here among us. The day George gave his life to Christ on earth, you needed to see how Jesus was dancing in excitement”.
“Do you mean Daddy dances?” I asked smiling.
“Susan, you haven’t seen anything yet. Jesus is so sweet and full of surprises. Eternity is too short to know him more. Susan, it’s fun up here”.
She paused and looked behind me. I had to turn and see what got her attention. The angels were standing closer than they were earlier. I had a feeling it was time to leave.
“Before you leave, please remember this. You still have so much to do for the Lord. Your assignment has gotten bigger. Remember this, maintain your relationship with the Lord”, she said and moved back.
“I’m not going anywhere!” I just got here. I haven’t seen the whole of heaven!”
Those were the word in my mouth when I woke up. It was all a dream.
I sat up on my bed awe struck. I looked around and saw I was in my room. I remembered how I laid down and slept. This was a revelation of heaven.
“Wow! Chioma is in heaven?” I asked rhetorically.
“SURPRISE! SURPRISE!” Came the gentle whisper.
I froze in my thoughts as realisation dawned on me.
“Wait! Was this the wedding gift? Wait a second!” I said and jumped out of my bed.
“Daddy you don’t mean it! Was this the surprise you said I should close eyes for?” I asked.
“Wow! That’s the biggest surprise I had ever seen! Thank you so much Dad!” I said blushing.
“OH, YOU’RE MOST WELCOME!”
“Wow! Chioma’s in heaven! Thank you Jesus!”
“HAPPY MARRIED LIFE!” Came Daddy’s reply.
“Really?” I asked and looked at the clock on the wall. It was 6am already.
“Wow! It’s my wedding day!” I said and spurned around, dancing.
Wow! It was so amazing. God was the first person to congratulate me on my wedding day. The thought of that alone filled me with overwhelming joy.
“Daddy, can I ask you something?”
“You’re giving me out in marriage today. Won’t you send me away with fatherly blessings?” I asked.
“THE MEN OF GOD IN YOUR CHURCH WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT!”
“Daddy no! I want you to do it now!” I said like a spoilt brat.
“IN FIVE MINUTES, YOUR BRIDAL TRAIN WOULD BE HERE. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR THIS”.
“Daddy, bridal train can wait. I need your fatherly blessings”.
“OKAY! SUSAN, THE POWERS OF DARKNESS WILL NEVER SEE YOUR BACK ON THE GROUND.
YOU SHALL RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES.
YOUR MARRIAGE SHALL BE HEAVEN ON EARTH.
I BLESS YOU FROM MY HEART DAUGHTER!”
“Amen I replied and soon I heard the sound of my door bell.
I stood up and went for the living room. I opened the door and met smiling faces, staring at me.
“Congratulations!” They screamed in unison.
I smiled and spread my arms as they rushed to give me a crowded hug.
Ella, Juliet, Sophia and some girls I did not know were here to get me prepared. When I asked who they were, most of them said they were Ablazers. I didn’t know what that meant, but all them same, I was happy they were here to celebrate with me.
My Bobo had been calling me all morning. Me being a shy person struggled with picking his calls in presence of those girls. But when the calls became to much to ignore, I was forced to pick it.
“Please put it on speaker”, Ella requested and that got me blushing as the girls laughed.
“Hello sweet!” I said with a soft voice.
“Hello Angel! It’s finally here!” He said cheerfully.
“Yes it is! I’m the most excited person in the world. Sweet can you believe what happened to me last night?”
“I was about to ask you”, he answered.
“I don’t understand. Ask me about what?” I asked.
“I mean Daddy told me he showed you something that you want to share with me”, he answered.
“Aah! Daddy! You are gossiping about me with your Bobo abi?” I teased inwardly and he started laughing within me.
“Then I would tell you much later”, I replied my Bobo.
“Why can’t you say it now?” He asked.
“Now’s not the right time. I have so many people around me. I don’t want them to hear what I have to say”, I replied.
“Hmmmm! What does she want to say that cannot be said in our presence?” Juliet asked.
“Yes ooooo! Say it, we want to hear it!” Ella concurred.
“Susan! Say it!” Sophia added.
“Please be silent! I’m talking to my Bobo. We don’t need noise!” I said grinning.
They all burst into laughter.
“Susan! I’m so happy. God was indeed merciful. I just don’t know how to describe my gratitude to him. For everything he has done, most especially, sending you into my life”, he said.
I smiled shyly and left the girls in the sitting room for my room. They laughed at my action, but that didn’t stop me.
“Me, I’m just waiting for when the celebration would end and it would just be the two of us. I wonder what first night would look like”, I said laughing.
“Susan, stop talking about that. You are a Spiritual sister for goodness sake. We are supposed to use our first night together for revival programmes. We are supposed to do alnight and series of fasting and prayers”, he said jokingly.
“Which prayer? If you have prayer points bring it out now oh! What sort of Spirituality is that? Don’t try that rough play with me ooo!” I threatened playfully while he laughed.
“When you are supposed to be chasing me around the room. When we are supposed to be doing pillow fights, you want to turn my honeymoon to Spiritual retreat abi? Don’t try it oh! What kind of Spirituality is that?” I asked.
“Susan! Are you done talking with Bobo about your first night together?” Ella’s voice sounded from the door.
“Oh my goodness!”
That meant they were eavesdropping. I quickly ended my conversation with my Bobo and opened the door. The sound of girls giggling, greeted me.
Some ran back while others were bold enough to ask me if I was going to use my first night for hot prayer sessions.
“Na your wedding night we go use do revival meeting!” I said to Toochi, the lady who asked me that question. Everyone laughed.
Soon they started getting me ready. The wedding dress was distinctively beautiful and modest. My hair was neatly and beautifully arranged by the hair stylist.
Infact, these Ablazers were awesome. They made me look extremely beautiful. Ella was my chief bridesmaid. She was by my side all through the preparation.
As soon as we were ready, we got into the car. Come and see the way the train of my dress filled the room as I walked like a princess.
We had a little bit of delay in the Lagos traffic. I don’t know why there would be a traffic on my wedding day. But that was completely bearable as Daddy and the girls teased and cheered me up all through the traffic.
When we got to the church and I stepped out of the car. My Bobo was standing at the window watching out for me. Joy bubbled within me.
I blew a kiss and him and giggled when he stretched his hands forward to collect it and saved it in his pocket. He acted like he caught it and kept it safe in his pocket.
Mr Abayomi, my mentor’s husband was waiting to walk me down the isle.
The church played a melodious intro for me as we walked gracefully.
My Bobo was already standing at the altar. Ayo one of our brothers in church was by his side as his bestman. Our eyes were locked up in each other. We were both smiling. Though I was veiled, I could still see his face clearly.
We said our vows and exchanged rings. Then my Bobo unveiled me as the pastor said those words.
“You may kiss the bride!”
My insides shook as I awaited my first kiss from a man.
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