7pm winter days were as dark as 10pm normal days and that day I couldn’t escape the dark though I tried. I dropped down from a combi and had to walk the remaining distance home. Exercising caution was a no-brainer. For every 10 feet I walked, my brain unconsciously turned to the left, right, back and front to ensure no one followed me. However I suddenly felt someone walking behind me. I questioned how this person got so close without my knowledge.

I hastened my steps in an attempt to lengthen the gap and my mind yearned to at least get a glimpse of this person. I was afraid to look back but the temptation was irresistible. I wanted to estimate this person and grade whether s/he was worth the paranoia. Please don’t laugh…

My heart skipped the third beat and I immediately faced front.  I could barely see any face in his black overall. He was sure way taller than me which explained why my lengthy strides meant nothing between us. All that was visible was his slanted-hop walk and his consistent attempt to warm his gloved hands by robbing them together. I downed on that such walk pattern and hand gesture was mostly common among  gangsters.

Quickly, I mumbled out …

In the name of Jesus, I paralyzed every evil person with evil intentions against me. O God! Please preserve your daughter.

I mumbled out these words in various versions but my mind somehow would not believe the prayers my mouth uttered so I started walk-running. I learnt the meaning of faith there and then 😨.

Then ‘pheww!!’ I smiled when I saw the beautiful light rays beaming out of the complex I lived. I knew I was probably six steps away from safety πŸ˜₯.  I told myself ‘Just run in now and win the race.’ About to run when shoulder to shoulder I had his deep voice


”Iyooooooooh Jesus!!!‘ that was all that came out of my mouth while my chickened-out bones were tripping πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I almost had a heart attack meanwhile the man carried on with his lengthy strides. He only greeted without much consciousness, just like me and you sometimes. He was sure blessed with HEIGHT but he was a man rushing for his night shift.

Pheeww!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ All that hyper tension for nothing! Thank God it was for nothing. Embarrassed with myself, I looked around to ensure nobody was looking through their window. Please don’t laugh because if you were in my shoes, we don’t know what you would have done. Just saying πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.


We often misjudge people because of our own personal fears which are probably not real and this taints the image of a good person in our minds. Yes we must be careful since we cannot fathom the complexity of a person. But let’s learn to control our thoughts instead of our thoughts controlling us.

God bless you for reading through!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜β€πŸ™ˆ


About Misggrace

An upcoming drama and movie writer. Concerned about distorted values of the society and i would therefore express these concerns through writings using a christian perspective.
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  2. Hahaha I’d have definitely done the same but that didn’t stop me from laughing as I was reading this lol. It was a lovely piece. The lesson at the end is exactly what I learned too. Thank you.

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  3. munyigula says:

    Hahaha…nice read

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  4. You wrote about your brain scoping out the left, the right of you every 10 paces…

    Phew, I can relate. When we lived inner city this is what my brain did every time I walked those streets.
    It’s not silly to protect your safety. It’s smart. Especially as a woman. But my own husband, I’m afraid, causes people much distress because of his natural size. He has 52″ shoulders! The man is a walking wall, lol! It’s to his benefit as he works in law enforcement, but still. Out of uniform, he gives smaller people pause.

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    • Misggrace says:

      Hahahaha….. I could Imagine how many people have felt this way because of his size πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. It’s not his fault, it’s not our fault either… it’s just our decaying society. May God help us. Crazy moment for me there. Thanks and God bless 😍😍

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  5. papberry says:

    Nice one.lol… I could really relate to this!

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  6. Eish yeah neh. Can’t say your reactions given the circumstances were unreasonable though. Thank God it was just a guy going about his business.

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  7. Taking little further from the beautifully written experience,let me add …we modulate our thoughts,actions towards others based on similar assumptions .. good or bad and in the process distance ourselves from genuine,simple souls who other wise deserve our love,attention,care in life.i could see a deeper mssg in your lovely post! God bless you too GraceπŸ˜ƒ

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  8. Bukky Onyekwelu says:

    What an experience! I think your fears were not wrongly founded and you reacted the same way many would have in the situation.Thankfully the man had no wrong intentions.The name of Jesus is a strong tower that the righteous runs to and are safe.Great lesson too “learn to control our minds and thought not the other way around”.

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    • Misggrace says:

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ thanks so much Bukky.. I actually felt bad I thought of him that way, more so he was innocent. Yes! Likely you rightly said, the name of Jesus is a strong tower! πŸ‘Š. Readily able to deliever you and I in any situation. Thanks for your contibution πŸ˜„πŸ˜„


  9. sholanah says:

    Lol!!!!! U sound just like me. Even in broad daylight am as paranoid.. but one can’t help it, with art this stories you hear nowadays.. God bless you sister. Very very brilliantly written

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