By: Mike Bamiloye

Ronke…Ronke, Rebecca!
Are you hearing me?”

“Mum, speak on,
I am hearing you,
You are shouting.”

“Ehn, when I called and you did not say if you are hearing me or not hearing me.”

“I am hearing you, Mum.”

“Very good.
Testimony time ooo!
Professor Lanke, my Cousin in Maryland said I should tell you not to worry about your honeymoon ooo!
He said he has bought your flight tickets to Dubai.
He has also booked for the hotel for one week.
Your flight is next day after Wedding to be back on following Sunday!
Seven days of Honeymoon in Dubai!
Ah-a-a! Halleluyah ooo!

Engineer Bamgbola,
Your father’s school mate who helped you redeployed during your Youth Service,
Has also bought two cows.
Lasebikan, your sister’s husband,
Said you should
Send your account number to him.
He said, he want to send N250,000
To cater for the Cake!

And my church group,
Good Women Association,
Of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
Is sending the Boy’s Brigade Band
To do drums parade for the people.
I don’t know what I have done to God,
To deserve this wonder!
Ronke….are you hearing me?”

“Yes, Mum.
I am hearing you.”

“You are not even excited.
What is wrong with you this girl?
Anyways sha, call them all
And thank them all ooo.
Tell them you appreciate their wonderful supports.
And tell Nicholas to call them too.
He must thank them.
Ronke…! Are you hearing me?”

“Mum, I have heard you, Ah!”

“And you are shouting on me like that!
That spirit that is making you not to be happy when your wedding is in four days time,
I rebuke the spirit in Jesus Name.”

“Mum, I was hearing everything,
And I am surprised too.
I will call them to appreciate.
I am happy about it, Mum.
I will call you back,…
Mum, Please,…I will call you back…

Yes, who is Knocking,
Hold it, I am coming, please….

Ah, Esther.
I have been waiting.
So, how far?
The Cake, the Bridal clothes,
What’s the conclusion
On the colours of the Cake?
Gold and royal blue will be too dull.
I said we should settle for
White and Gold with
A trace of Sky blue ribbon.”

I have more critical issue at hand.
It’s about Bro. Nicholas.”

“What about him?”

“Bro. Paul, the Best Man,
Went to his house,
To discuss about the change of
The Ring Bearer,
Since the Parents of the little boy
Had said their child would
No longer be available
For the role of the Ring Bearer.
He got to his door, it was locked.
But he knew Bro Nicholas was inside.
He knocked severally,
And the door was not opened.”

“And so?
Maybe he was praying,
Or he simply refused to open the door.
I too coils decide to refuse to open
My door.”

“But not to the Best Man of his wedding,
The closest to him at this time.”

“So, Esther, why did the parents of the boy withdrawn their child?’”

“They said they are not comfortable
With some things they heard
About Bro. Nicholas.
I personally called them on phone
And asked them to tell me,
What was it they heard.
They said it is personal to them.
They said they would not
Be the one that would spark
The fire in a Wedding that is
Holding in four days time.

What bothered me
Was that they kept the matter to
Shouldn’t they, at least,
Open up to us?
After all,
A stitch in time, saves nine.
And if we…”

“Look here, Esther,
There is no looking back or
Looking sideways in this matter any longer.
The Lord has not given me
The Spirit of Fear,
But of power and of sound mind.
The Lord spoke to Joshua
In Joshua 1:7,
Joshua 1:7 NKJV
“…Do not turn from it to the right hand
Or to the left, that you may prosper
Wherever you go.”

On that Word of God I stand.
No turning to the left
Or to the right any longer.
I am focused.
Please, Sis Esther,
Are you for me or against me?
I don’t want anyone who would
Confuse me any further.

I need people who would stand
With me in prayers.
Who would stand with me by faith.
Who would believe with me
That this marriage will work.
Not people who would not see
What I am seeing
With the eyes of faith.
I don’t want any negative comment
If the parents of the boy has
Withdrawn their boy for whatever reason,
God will give us another parent
Who would joyfully release their boy.

Let no one trouble me,
For I bear upon my body
The mark of Lord Christ Jesus.
What do you have to say
To all what I said?”

“You said,
You don’t want to hear any negative
comment again.
You said you don’t want people
Who don’t see what you see.
You said there’s no looking back
Or Looking sideways any longer.
You said, henceforth,
Let no one trouble you
Because you carry the mark of Jesus.”

“My Sister,
That is the spirit.
Join your hand with me
For the success of this Wedding.”

“Since that is your choice.
I am with you.”

“Thank you, Dear Sister.
I need someone like you
By my side at this time,
Not people raised by the devil
To dampen the spirit
And extinguish the fire of passion.”

“So, what’s next?”

“My Mum just called.
God is beginning to move
On our side to the sha.e of the devil.
An Uncle of mine just took up the
Expenses of our Honeymoon in Dubai.
All flight and hotel expenses paid.
7 days of Honeymoon in Dubai!
Another uncle of mine
Had bought two cows for the wedding.
Is this not wonderful?”

“It is.
Are these the reasons
Why you never wanted to hear
Anything negative about the wedding
Any more?”

I don’t want to hear anything about
Whatever anyone is saying any more.
I have Had enough.
I know God is on the throne.
And He is in Charge of everything.
Have you heard from Laura’s Chopstick?
She is supplying the snacks and chops….
Hello! Hello!
Who is this…?
Good evening, sir.
Ah, about the boy.
Yes sir, I have been told that you have Withdrawn him.
Ah, no Sir, we are not offended.
We have decided to get another parent Who would release their boy, sir.
The reasons?
You want to tell me the reasons?
Yes, sir, I heard you said
You are not comfortable about
Some things you heard about my fiance.
Yes, sir….No…No…
I don’t need a hear
What your heard about him, sir.
The Lord is in charge of everything, sir.
I need to be focused now, Sir.
Just be praying for us, Sir.
Good night, Sir.”

Shouldn’t you have listened to
Whatever he wanted to say?”

“No! Esther!.
Please, you are the closest to me,
I need you to be focused with me,

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