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 . 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 . 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!!! 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 .
LESSON I LEARNT
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!!!