AN EMOTIONAL AFFAIR – VOLUME TWO
Copyright © Ufuomaee
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10).
Lola and Bolu attended the twin’s first birthday party at Temi Ayeni’s home on Saturday. Temi had married well, and lived in a big house in Ikoyi with her husband, Oyindamola Ayeni. Mr Ayeni was the CEO of a shipping company. Their glamorous wedding had made the front page of a few Nigerian newspapers, and pictures of their twins had even been leaked to the press.
The birthday party was no small shindy, with every imaginable activity on offer for the children in attendance, and lots to eat and drink for all the guests. Pictures of Taiwo and Kehinde Ayeni decorated the house, and all the guests ooohed and aaahed over how gorgeous they were. The party theme seemed to provoke envy from all who attended.
Lola and Bolu dropped their small gift with the other gifts that had been brought by invited guests. Temi was nowhere to be found, so they made themselves comfortable on one of the sofas. After ten minutes, Lola spotted Temi, who was correcting one of the vendors at the party. She went up to notify Temi of her presence.
“Oh, you made it!” Temi hugged Lola with glee. “Where’s Bolu?”
Lola pointed over to where Bolu was seated. Bolu looked up and smiled at them, raising his glass of chapman, to indicate that he was okay. “Congratulations, dear! This is a really big thing!”
“Yeah… These days, there’s so much competition. I’d wanted to keep it small, but…you know how it is,” Temi said, with a shrug. “But, you look good though!”
“Thanks,” Lola smiled. “And so do you. Where are the boys?”
“They’re sleeping upstairs. We’ll bring them down later. I hope you’ll be sticking around…” Temi replied.
“Sure… There’s plenty to eat and drink! Do you need any help?”
“Awww, thanks, no need. Just enjoy yourself. I’ll come over to you later,” Temi said, and got distracted by another guest that had just arrived.
Lola went to the food bar, to serve herself and Bolu. There were attendants serving the food, and she was spoilt for choice. She decided to settle on the usual party favourite – jollof rice, chicken and dodo.
“Why not try something new, like the chinese noodles?” A familiar voice said from behind her.
Lola felt goosebumps arise on the back of her neck, as she turned slowly to confirm that it was in fact Danny who was behind her. She quickly looked in Bolu’s direction to see if he was looking at her. He wasn’t. “What are you doing here?”
“This is my house, don’t you know?”
“I mean, it’s one of the properties I built. Oyinda is my cousin. You look good, Lily.” Danny eyed Lola up and down.
“Stay away from me,” Lola said, as she collected her food from the attendant, and returned to her husband.
Bolu turned to Lola as she arrived to take a seat next to him. He spotted the frame of Danny Akunne behind her, and his heart skipped a beat. “Is that Danny standing over there? Was he talking to you?”
“Yes. Apparently, he’s related to Temi’s husband,” Lola said.
“Oh,” Bolu watched Danny as he slipped away to another part of the house, wondering what he was up to trying to talk to his wife. “I think we’ll be leaving soon.”
“But I promised Temi I’d stick around.” Bolu turned to his wife to indicate that it wasn’t a suggestion. “I guess I’ll make some excuse to leave.”
Bolu could hardly eat his food. The sight of Danny had made him so angry. He wondered if this new connection between Danny, Temi and Lola would prove to be a problem. He wanted to trust his wife. He believed that she was sorry for what she’d done, but they would never be able to move past it, if Danny kept popping up in their lives.
Sunday came around again, and Bolu and Lola went to Church. Pastor Kunle gave another powerful sermon. He preached about loving your enemies, starting from the premise that they were all at one time enemies of God. Just as Jesus died on the Cross to redeem us to Himself, we must never forget that He died also for our enemies… And our enemies now, could be our friends and brothers and sisters tomorrow.
He went on to use the case of Saul, an enemy of God, who became Apostle Paul, by the grace of God on His life. He said that someone must have prayed for Saul’s conversion. That God moves by the prayers of the saints for the lost. He reminded the congregation that Jesus did not simply command them to love their enemies, but to pray for them too. He challenged the congregation to begin to pray for their enemies. That they may come to know God, and not that they may be consumed by fire, as some Christians are prone to do.
Pastor Kunle concluded his message by reminding them of the story of Joseph and his brothers, who had sold him into slavery, after first condemning him to death. He taught that even the wicked things their enemies do to them can fulfil the purposes of God. If they don’t break them, they will strengthen them. They will build their character and capacity to love. They will take them to the place of their destiny. Just as Joseph, they need to get to the place where they could say, “they meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”
Bolu was convicted by the message, because in his heart he hated Danny. He had never once prayed for his salvation, but aligned him with the devil incarnate. He felt God was speaking to him indirectly, through the Pastor’s message. He had not forgiven Danny, but he had forgiven his wife. He remembered that he had told his wife that forgiveness was a decision as easy to make as sin…but he struggled with this decision. He didn’t know what it would mean to forgive Danny.
Would it mean that he would have to be willing to embrace him…? Would it meant that he would have to be okay with Danny ever being in the same room with his wife again? How do you tell someone who tried to destroy your life, and who would probably do it again, that you forgive them? Would you not open yourself to more hurt? Bolu was stuck. He prayed for God to help him to overcome his hatred for Danny and to forgive him.
Bolu resumed work on Monday, and was happy to be back at his office. He greeted his colleagues, who were happy to see him too. His secretary, Ifeoma, had also resumed work with him. She brought a tray of tea and biscuits for him, and greeted him sweetly. “Welcome back, Sir.” Bolu had returned her smile in appreciation.
After settling in his office, and attending to some calls, Bolu decided to pay a visit to his Boss. Precious alerted Mr Williams of Bolu’s presence, and he was called in. Mr Williams smiled when he saw Bolu, and gestured for him to sit in one of the seats in front of him.
“Thank you, Sir,” Bolu said. “I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for giving me my job back, and for letting me have last week off too.”
“You’re welcome,” Folarin smiled. “How’s your wife?”
“She’s very well, thank you. We’re much better now.”
“That’s good to hear,” Folarin said.
“Again, I’m sorry for how I expressed my anger towards your friend…”
Folarin put up a hand to stop Bolu from apologizing. “It’s okay. Very understandable. And we’re actually not friends anymore.”
“Oh, really?” Bolu asked, feeling somehow relieved but confused. “What happened…if you don’t mind me asking, Sir?”
Folarin took in a deep breath, before he spoke the shocking words. “He tried to sleep with my wife! After 20 years of friendship, after everything I’ve done for him. He thought he would get back at me, for not firing you, by sleeping with my wife!”
“Oh my!” Bolu gasped. This man is pure evil! “How did…? I hope your…?” He didn’t know how to ask whether or not Mrs Williams had given in to Danny’s seduction.
Folarin understood the implied question. He shook his head. “She punched him in the face,” and gave a little sad chuckle. “She never liked him. She never understood why we were friends.”
Bolu nodded. He didn’t understand it either. “Yeah, she’s right. Why were you ever friends with someone so awful?”
“I don’t know. I always held out hope that one day he would change. I figured, even the Devil needs an advocate, so I always tried to see the best in him, even defending him against all odds. I thought I was untouchable…” Folarin made another sad chuckle. “But no more. As far as I’m concerned, he’s irredeemable.”
“Ummm…” Bolu muttered, sadly. Mr Williams had really tried, but Bolu felt sad to hear his verdict that Danny was irredeemable. Even though he didn’t like him at all…in fact, he knew he hated him, and was working through that, the idea that he couldn’t be redeemed didn’t sit right with him. Surely, God is able to redeem Danny. He knew he wasn’t in his place to counsel Mr Williams to forgive Danny, and he would prefer that his Boss was not best friends with his “worst nightmare”, as Danny had called himself, so he bit his tongue. “I’m sorry.”
“No, I’m sorry,” Folarin said. “I’m the one who kept him around…and even referred him to Da-Vyne Interiors. I feel partly to blame for what he did to your marriage.”
Bolu was shocked by that new information. He locked eyes with Folarin, and saw that the man was emotional. He must have really loved Danny. “It’s okay. Like you said, everything happens for a reason. I can testify that though Danny meant it for evil, God meant it for good. God used him to open my eyes. Lola and I are going to be just fine now. So, thank you!”
Folarin nodded, and smiled. Bolu had the right attitude. It was time he stopped feeling guilty for his failure with Danny. God was certainly in control. And even if he could no longer be the one to lead Danny to repentance, he knew God wouldn’t give up on Danny. Whatever it would take to bring him to his knees before God, Danny would certainly have an amazing testimony to share…
Bolu returned to his office with an ache in his heart. Why was God bothering him about forgiving Danny? Surely, when Christ had commanded His disciples to forgive those who trespassed against them, He hadn’t meant that they should forgive those who tried to steal their wives too! Bolu was instantly reminded of the parable of the unforgiving servant. He opened his Bible to Matthew 18 verse 21-35 to read it again. It read:
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses”.
The message was loud and clear. He had to forgive Danny, and he didn’t have the liberty of time… He had to do so today.
Bolu prayed for the grace to forgive. Then he began to pray for Danny. He prayed that God would be merciful to him. That God would forgive him. That God would deliver him from the stronghold of their mutual enemy, the Devil. That God would lead him to repentance and salvation. He kept on praying, until he realised that he had forgiven Danny. The ache in his heart was no more.
To be continued…
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