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TAMAR EPISODE (13 & 14)

 TAMAR 

Episode 13


“You look so young, how do your husband die?" I asked Rhonda.


“Well, I’m not too young", she replied smiling. "..But, I've lived long enough to know the constant evil that happens in this world. I’m just blessed with young stature. I got married when I was twenty-one, and I’m now thirty-two years old. I was married for almost two years before my husband died. He went to work without any complaint or ill health, that was after we observed our morning prayer that very day. Unfortunately, he didn't return the same: they brought back his corpse to me, with the news that he was found dead by the road side. No one knew what happened to him, and no one wanted to help me to bring his killers to book. The reason was just because he was a commoner and was hated by most people, after they discovered he was a Christian. He was building for the second district. I only suspected it was probably because he was a Christian, When bad people got to know, they plotted to kill him. Our marriage was not up to two years, I was pregnant with our first child, who was just four months in the womb, I later suffered a miscarriage due to the shock of my husband's death. I was so lonely after his death, until the midwife brought the twins to me. They became my biggest blessing, and now I have another whom I've named Jon. I named the twins Mia and May, and I wish to boldly give them Christian names but I have to be wise... I can’t risk their lives for anything, but I still worship God in my closet, with the children the Lord has given to me... Jon will grow to know God just like his two sisters, I don’t care to know the circumstances of their birth. There's so much evil in this land, and one just has to be prayerful and careful... The midwife is one of the remaining good women around here, I know what she does is risky, but I pray everyday for God’s protection over her. She has rescued so many babies, and given them out to women who need them, she still manages to give us shillings, for our upkeep. You said your name is Tamar and that it was your mistress that gave birth to Jon and wanted him to be disposed as if he's a waste product. Just look at that sweet baby... How could she bear such evil in her heart for such an innocent child? Which normal human would give birth to such a sweet and precious baby, and want to throw him away? Well, everything works together for our good. The word of God becomes light when it says “Sing, o barren woman, you who has never given birth, break into loud and joyful song, you who have never conceived or experienced labour, because more are the children of the desolate woman than of the one who has a husband, says the Lord..."


“I’m encouraged Rhonda, and I’m happy to know you're a true believer. I'll come around some other time to check on you and the children that the Lord has blessed you with, and also bring some thing for upkeep. Be of good cheers, because God is a husband to the widows, He'll take care of you and yours always."


We hugged and I also held little Jon in my arms for sometime. I hugged Mia and May warmly before bidding them good bye.


I journeyed to Lord Reese's big estate. It was a long walk but I didn’t feel the stress or distance because my heart was so filled with joy after meeting with Rhonda.


When I finally got home, it was night already. I took my bath and put my things inside. I prayed most part of the night and by the morning I was up as I went in search of Abel later.


I saw Abel at the fountain. He rose up on seeing me, and he opened his arms wide with an attractive smile, and I held him in warm embrace.

 I felt so secured, I was so happy to see him again which caused me to drop few tears right there in his arm. Abel had built me into a fearless woman for God, and I wished I could always be close to him because I thought of him everyday and wondered what he was doing. 

One thing was certain: he was always praying.


 We were both silent as I sobbed quietly in his arms.

 I had seen evil in this land yet God had always protected his people as he promised.

Abel loosened up as Vim approached from his chamber, Abel smiled and tried to wipe off tears from my eyes with the back of his hand, yet he never uttered a word.

Vim stood close to us and I quickly turned and greeted him.


“My kind greetings to you my lord, I’m glad to see you." I said to him as I bowed slightly.


“I’m delighted to see you in good health Tamar. The last time I came to see Zity, I was told you took ill. I can see you are feeling better now... How is my sister and her husband, Adolfo? The death of the baby is hard on every one, even mother and father. Did Zity permit you to come here?"


“Yes my lord, she did. She asked me to come and help out in attending to Lord Reese, your father, whom we learnt was ill. How is he faring now?" I asked.


“Well... Not any better as at the last time I checked. Abel, I can see a warm smile on your face. Tamar is back, and you two can’t get enough of each other, I’m…glad."


He looked at me and smiled before walking away. I reciprocated the smile. 


Vim had maintained his cheerfulness and kindness, which I admired mostly about him now.

 He had truly grown to be like his father in height and body weight. He's the younger version of his father, who despite getting old, still maintained his good looks and remained huge in size.


I sat down with Abel as we began to discuss quietly.


“Hope all has been well with you Abel. You've lost weight. Haven’t you been eating well? I have missed you so much…" I said.


“I will eat more now that you are around. I’m so happy to see you again, Tamar. I also missed you but I knew you where right in God’s palm, which means you were safe. I've been praying and fasting for you. I saw trouble lurking around you in my dream and I started praying fervently for you. I see great trouble repeatedly lurking dangerously around you. I didn't know what it was, all I was shown was just you trying to rescue a baby from a burning house, and I saw you again with the baby running and crying. I saw as a woman took the baby from you and she was happy... I saw children around her. Then God revealed another thing to me... Adolfo will be with another woman not Zity, another who will gladden his heart and lead him to the light…"


“Wow…wow, Abel, you've gone so deep with your relationship with God, I wish I was like you, I wish I had attained that height in my faith. I’m still a baby who is learning how to crawl, everything you said can only be revealed to you by God himself. I pray that I wy get to your level of relationship with God. But, did God reveal another thing; like a merchant’s wife, or the person Adolfo will eventually settle down with? Did you see any other thing?" I asked anxiously.


“All I saw I have spoken, nothing else was shown. I was always praying for you Tamar, because you seemed to be in the middle of it all. My strong relationship with God did not just start yesterday, it started a very long time ago. I denied myself to the world to be claimed by God. It wasn’t easy but God made it easy. I sold it all out to God, withholding nothing from Him. Don't panic my dear, God wants to be in a close relationship with all his children, and you're there already. Do not waver in your walk with Him, because I can see God using you to do great and mighty things. There’s more to come Tamar, don’t relax yet. Pray... Keep praying... Tribulation will still come, there will be adversity and unpleasant situations, but be of good cheer, keep the faith, for it's only having a strong faith in God that will save you. Your calling is higher than mine, you were chosen by God for a greater purpose, I was only asked to guide you through and build you up in Him so that you willnot waver, and that’s what I will do. Do not be afraid because God’s angels are all around you, they're here right now. You may not see them but they are like the wind, blowing cool air in our direction."


I became quiet as I began to think of all that Abel had said.

“You make me scared when you talk about tribulation and adversity which are yet to come. I have had enough troubles, I don’t want to see more, I'm tired Abel. Can you ask God to take every other trouble away? My life is filled with so many already, I don’t want more..."


“We have one God, and one intercessor. You equally have access to Him just like I do. Talk to your father, God is your father. tell Him all your worries, do not be scared or feel dejected, just know that God has called you by your name, you are his workmanship. He will make you stronger than what you are right now. Even in the face of tribulation, he will be right there with you."


“I believe, may it be according to his will and not mine..." I replied.


“I’m glad that you're here in good health, Tamar. I don’t need to ask about Zity or the baby whom everyone believed died immediately after birth. The baby is alive, right? And he's in the custody of a woman who has no husband but all I see is happy children all around her. It sounds crazy but God has never lied. I love you Tamar, not with the love of the world, but with love of Christ. Do not be afraid, I will always be here for you, I will intercede in prayer on your behalf, everyday and that is a promise.."


As soon as Abel mentioned for the first time that he loved me, my heart double skipped. It was the very first time I heard him or anyone say that out, despite knowing that Abel cared for me and the love he has is not of the world but of Christ. I cared deeply for him too. I have loved him and scared to admit it because Abel didn't like the worldly kind of love, and I sincerely didn't know the kind of love I felt in my heart for him, but I thought of him everyday, and imagined God speaking to him to marry me. We will get married and build a Godly home. 


I mustered courage to speak to him about my feelings.

Who knows probably God has spoken to him that I'm probably the woman for him and he maybe waiting for more revelation on that.

I wish my thoughts are real.


“Abel, I want to be the woman God will choose for you to settle with, someday. I've always loved you and wish…wish…hmmm. 

I paused and continued

"...Did God ever reveal who you are going to marry in your dream, I mean…like somebody like me, a Christian girl. Did he ever show you or you still do not know God’s plan on that? We're the only two believers around here, it's only normal for you to claim back your freedom and we'll be married. Zity said she'll give me my freedom if I ever want to get married; I know Lord Reese loves you and the entire household, but God may have other plan which is also in His word when He said we should go into the world and multiply. You told me the last time that it's not good to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever, so I looked around and saw that we're meant to be, probably that was why God brought us together, for that reason so tha…" 


Abel interrupted me at this point.


“You've said enough Tamar; do not use the scripture to your favour, when it suits only you. And let’s not be ahead of God, or to think like the worldly people. If we do, we'll only be inviting sin, and the devil is ever ready to ignite such. Remember, God's word says that the devil is roaming around the earth looking for whom to devour and we're a good target for him. Our enemies are watching and waiting for any weakness for them to destroy us. Marriage, like I told you before is not a ticket to heaven. If your right eye causes you to sin pluck it off, it's better to enter into heaven with one eye than to be destroyed with the two, it's an illustration from the word. God is not asking you to pluck off your eyes but to restrain from whatever you think that gives you worldly pleasure. Whatever that will make you run this race and at the end God will say to you, “go away, for I know you not” should be avoided. Remember those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy, no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Tamar, God did not show me anything about marriage, and I’m not worried, never was and never will be. If He says it's you, Tamar,I will be glad to embrace you as my wife and build a Godly family with you, but, if God says it's one unbeliever out there, or a pagan on the street serving different gods, so be it. I will reform her to be a Godly woman, and she will come to know the only true God. I’m following God’s leading, anywhere he leads me, I will go. Focus your mind on Him and do not be distracted with marriage or anything. God is love and in Him, you'll find solace. There’s a battle ahead, not a physical war that you can see, it's a battle that requires you going on your knees and praying to God to intervene. I’m not perfect, but I walk in His own perfection, in His grace that He has made possible for all, through his son Jesus Christ. You have work to do here Tamar, that’s why God brought you back. I will always be praying for you and God will help you to know all you need to know when the time comes…"


I smiled with a nod, and I realized I was truly thinking ahead of God. 

I never asked Him what His will was for me, I was only fantasizing about marriage, having children, and being with Abel. I forgot that God himself instituted marriage before the beginning of the world, when he made man, Adam and out of his ribs came his companion, a woman, Eve. 


God knows the best for me more than I do.

 I quickly repented of my unknown sin as Abel made me realize I was on the wrong path of thought. I’m always glad to have Abel lead and correct me.

 God is ever merciful to His children.


Later that day, I went to Lady Phin and knelt in greeting. She was happy to see me, and we talked about few things, mostly about Zity and the baby, before I left.


On the third day, Lady Phin called me again and led me to Lord Reese's Chamber. He was critically ill. 

Lady Phin told me they had tried different thing on him, even Obia volunteered to use her magical power, but he never got well, instead the master got worse. He always battled with an unknown spirit in his dream, he hardly sley at night as a result of the fear.


Renowned physicians kept coming and he never improved.

I wondered why Abel didn't do anything, and immediately I thought of that, a word dropped in my heart, "God works in a way we do not understand."


I sat beside him, and although it wasn’t allowed, I took the master's hands boldly and he turned his face and looked at me. 


He managed to curve his lips into a faint smile, Lady Phin stood behind me. 

I bowed my head without uttering a word; I just shut my eyes, and prayed loudly in my mind, rebuking the enemy so that it would flee from him.

 I prayed for a divine healing on him with the Lord’s word that says "He took our sicknesses and bore in himself our disease…and by his stripes we are healed..." 


I prayed so loudly in my heart that all I wanted to do was scream as I felt the power of God.

After the prayer, I left him and returned to the out house. 

I met Vim as I was leaving and he stopped me by the exit door. All he did as usual was to look at me without saying a word before I bowed and left.


The following morning, I was told that Lady phin was calling me and when I went, she thanked me, telling me that Lord Reese slept throughout the night after several weeks of battling in his sleep and that he was feeling a bit better, unlike before. 

The tormented spirit that usually comes to attack him in his dream didn't return all through the night.


She was grateful to me and I returned all the glory to God who made it possible.




TAMAR 

Episode 14


Abel was not always around as he took over Lord Reese business at the port, while Vim was in charge of the rest, Vim assigned able hands for the job since his father was ill and can’t do much any more, so Vim and Abel were mostly out, Abel hardly come home anymore, so it was hard for me to see him again, but I was always praying for him.


I kept praying for Lord Reese, I have a whole room to myself in the outhouse, Abel make sure of that, he personally arranged for me to have a room to myself so that i can pray and sing in my room without any interruption or anybody suspecting my faith.


which made it possible for me to talk to God out loud, I shut my door, kneel down and pray so well in my room without any interruption, I pray for anything and everything.

during the week of lord Reese illness, I was constantly praying for him, I go to his chamber only when I’m summoned, as he was improving day by day, I was happy at his quick recovery, as they all stopped all the learned and local physicians, and other magician and sorcerers like Obia who thinks they have power to make him well, but instead they make him worst, I was now the only one allowed to Lord Reese’s chamber.


sometimes, while praying for him I forget myself and pray it out loud as the Lord leads but they have never questioned my faith as Lord Reese opened his heart to received healing, I go in there twice or three times in a week to quietly pray for him until he was able to stand on his two feet and move around, what he has not being able to do for a very long time.


One evening, night has already come to settle, I sat exactly where Abel use to sit by the fountain, I wasn’t praying I just wanted to sit out there since I don’t have much doing, the air was cool and the night was peaceful, I sat there as I think of Abel, Zity, Adolfo, the merchant, little Jon and the twins, Eura, Rhonda, Lami, the midwife. 

my mind was just busy wandering all around the people I have come to know, I silently pray for Zity, her quest and her large appetite for youthful pleasure is going to do her more harm than good, if she keep entertaining Okra she will fall deeper into darkness, which will be too deep for her to see a way out, I also prayed that God will set confusion and trouble between Okra and Zity so that they can separate.


I thought of father and mother, my brother Joe, Kathy and Deb, they are all resting in the bosom of the lord, someday I will join them, this earth is not my place as Abel will say, there’s life even after death, but for now, I know I got work to do here, which will not be finishing soon, I sometime wish to have children of my own, and also have a man like Abel, who will love me with the love of God. 

My wish is for everyone in this kingdom to come to know God and turn from their evil, just as the Lord said in his word


“if my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land…


“Lord what could be your will for me, I really do want to be with a man that fears and loves you, somebody like Abel. I want to be with a man who will build me up when I’m down, corrects me and pray with me, and there’s no other God fearing man that I see around here than Abel. Lord he is waiting for you to tell him what to do because he thinks you have other plans for both of us. you said we should ask and we shall receive, seek we shall find, and when we knock the door shall be open unto us, Lord I’m fervently asking that I may receive all the blessing you have in store for me and for Abel…but in all of this, i become nothing that you may be everything in my life, let only your will be done. is not about what I want but your plan and purpose for my life. father, let your will be don…


“You are here alone, talking to yourself, just like Abel does. psyche… that’s crazy, I wonder how you and Abel does that, talking to yourself like mad people, are you missing Abel? you have not gone to bed yet…hope you are well?


I was startled as I turned and saw Vim, he approached and sat beside me, as the light coming from the fountain bulb shadowed us.


“My lord, I’m doing well, I just like listening to the sound of the fountain. is lovely out here, don't you agree?


“Yeah, it is. I have not really taken notice of it until now, I see why you and Abel sit out here most part of your evening…"


We were silent, before he spoke again


“...Tamar, is quiet obvious you love Abel and can’t love another, I know you are a Christian just like Abel is, I have come to know that without a soothsayer telling me what is going on, and you two felt is only normal to marry a fellow believer. is fine but I don’t want you to be harm, I have hard you of recent pray out loud in your room when I passed though the outhouse. is very dangerous thing to do, Abel is wise and doesn’t go praying out loud like you do, I’m not saying you should be scared here, nobody will hurt you because of your religion here, especially now father is well and mother is so grateful to you and to whatever god you invoked that healed father. outside here is dangerous, I have seen what they do to Christians, even father’s power is limited, whenever the angry mob catches anybody that’s a Christian they hardly escape alive, you are young lady and may not know how to defend yourself out there, I just want you to be careful. you can still take up any god of your choice in this land, i…don’t want to loose yo, i mean you are important to Zity, mother and father and also Abel…"


He groaned inwardly.


“Thank you my lord. I'm very careful, I'm please to know you care. Abel is loved by all, and I’m not exception, but we have no intimate relationship together. He is a great friend and that’s all we share. I will be careful not to get into trouble out there…" 


“is good to know. I just do not want anything to happen to anyone in our care, I know I use to live a wayward life, I know I called you ugly with your bald head that was all shaved to skin, supported my sister when she rejected you after mother presented you to her, I wanted mother to get a finer girl for Zity instead of you years ago when you newly arrived here. I watched you transform right under my eyes, you were no more the bald, ugly girl, you transformed into a beautiful lady, both physical and inside, which seem normal, until I started wanting you.."


He paused and continued.

 "..i also know that I harassed you out here in the middle of the night, I know you have every right to hold that against me. but I’m not what I use to be, I don’t know what happened to me, but I started hating myself after that night. I felt strange like some strange power struck me behind when I grabbed you, I can’t forget that very night in a hurry. I usually get away from such act, I have never seen any lady that says no' to me. you were the first and I heard you pray and then stood out there and look at me boldly without fear, I felt dirty and guilt washed over me. I wanted you to be scared, I wanted to still be in charge but even after you left and I returned to my chamber all I think of was you, I wanted you for pleasure but that changed that night, I began to see things differently Tamar. you weren’t the most beautiful, I have a lot of beautiful ladies around me they are always at my call. you are special, you are not like any one of the women I have met. you broaden my understand about women, life is not just for pleasure, there’s more to it. yes, I have everything and every woman I wanted, both free and slave. I never gets satisfied, then it all change suddenly. I started avoiding my crazy friends, I began to view women differently, they weren’t created for just pleasure, they are the wombs that carried us, the arm that held us, they are our first superhero and with that my idea and perceptive began to change, and I saw myself respecting women more than I use to do. I saw myself trying to be better and to make mother and father proud like they have always wanted. you started that journey for me Tamar, the journey of becoming a better man, and I have wanted to tell you this for a long time and I was just waiting for the right moment. I’m glad we are having this conversation. I’m grateful to you for what you are doing in the life of my family, in the life of Zity, whom you loved dearly, not like a slave to her mistress but I see genuine love when you attend to Zity. in the life of mother and also father and in my own life, all this I’m grateful to you, Tamar…"


I smiled sheepishly at his kind words.


“I’m honored to be a servant in this fine household and to serve a wonderful family like yours, for whatever wrong that happened has being in the past. thank you too for accepting me and giving me the chance to live and to serve here, and many more, all this I’m grateful for…my lord.


"please call me Vim, can you do that? see me like you will see your friend, just like you call Abel by his name, call me same way, no more "my lord". see me as your friend not as your lord or master, because all I want to be is your friend, I know you and Abel got a thing, you love him and I see the way he feels happy around you and the way he speaks to you calmly and you bond with him, and I felt like Abel is finally in love with a woman, until you said you are just friends. whatever you two have together I can’t take that away, Abel is a good man, we all know that he is strange and has never seek a woman for pleasure since I have come to know him. I’m only seeing him more cheerful with you, feeling all comfortable around you and you are so fond of him, I’m happy for that. but since I have chosen to be so truthful, I will tell you a bitter truth, I sometime feel jealous when I see the way you and Abel act around each other but is okay, is also normal to feel that way right? I don’t let such ill emotions to settle in my heart for long because if you allow jealousy to settle in your heart for too long it becomes bitterness which will birth envy and will leads to disaster if is not controlled on time. I’m happy for you and if you two are planning to settle down in the future is…is all good, you and Abel will make a perfect couple. I know you can’t love another like you love Abel, I see it in your eyes when you look at him… is nice speaking with you Tamar. I will be leaving you alone now to continue with your quiet time, let me return to my chamber, I’m glad I have bared my heart out and I feel so free now than ever. another thing, be careful outside there, is quiet dangerous, you are free to worship at every corner of the house but once you are out of the estate you have got to be careful and to be wise too, I don’t believe in a god that can watch his people stone to death or the animals tearing down their skin and he can’t save them yet they are ready to die for him. I watch this foolishness among the Christians and I’m lost of words. that is foolishness, and the Christians believe in this lies that a god somewhere died for them and they want to die for him too, I just do not understand. I really do not understand why they take all that risk but I sincerely don’t want anything to happen to you…do you understand.."


“Yes my lord…Vim. I do understand, thank you for speaking with me, I really appreciate. I will continue to be a blessing to this household, I feel so accepted and important with your words, God bless you my lor…Vim. pardon me…it will take time for me to get use to calling you by name but I will try…"


He smile with a nod before walking away.


I had this beautiful feeling in my stomach, My heart was gladden that Vim spoke so responsible and so encouraging.

 I looked around me, wondering who I am to have got the opportunities that I have being getting in this household and outside.

 the only thought that came to my mind is that it can only be God.


The next day I went to Lord Reese chamber as I was summoned, I saw him sitting and his lovely wife, lady Phin was beside him, I sat opposite them as I was asked to sit.


“we remain grateful to you Tamar, I’m glad that Zity sent you down, we tried different things, different god and goddess and yet nothing happened, not until you came and I saw myself getting better, you are a divine child. I’m glad that my wife picked you for Zity and did not listen to her plea in the beginning to change you, Zity is a loving child and can also be difficult, she always want her ways, but we her parents knows better than she does, and when we asked her to marry Adolfo it was put in my heart and I felt something good will come out of the marriage, Zity did not want him but accepted when she saw she had no choice, I and her mother were so happy when we had she was carrying a child and we all looked forward to the time she will bring fort the baby. I wanted to meet my grand child, but the bad news came again that she lost the baby immediately after birth. I was ill when the news got to me, the sickness became even worst, I question the gods why they will allow such to happen, she refuse to come home during her pregnancy when her mother asked her to come and even when her mother sent message that she couldn’t make it to her delivery time she was not sad or bothered. I wish she has listened to her mother and come home to us, probably the baby would've still be alive. you see and hear a whole lot of things that goes on in Adolfo’s house. I know you are meant to always support your mistress, and wouldn’t want to betray her to anyone. we will not make you do that as much as we want to ask you how she is living with Adolfo, I will rather not ask again, I leave Zity for the gods to help her. I know she will still bear another child, and when Vim finally marries he also will bear us grandchildren. because grandchildren are the blessing of the old. The main reason why I summoned you here is for you to tell me how you did it. you hardly say a word, maybe just few times, you prayed quietly in your heart and your God heard you, he listened to you and healed me. I know you serve same God as Abel does, you are a Christian. Abel is a wise boy, he is like a son to me. I have always told him to be careful not because of me but because of the unknown enemies living among us, there are slaves in this household who are not what they seem to be, even though I know it may be difficult and impossible for a slave to take whatever happens here to the street but I still want everyone to be careful because you don’t know who your enemy is. so I asked Abel to be careful and I know Abel must have told you to also be careful too, even right inside here. so that you will not be sold out to the outside enemy where I will not be able to save you with my powers, Abel has never displayed his faith so obvious like you did that day when you boldly took my hands and silently prayed fervently. me and my wife want to know this God, we want you to tell us about him, do not be afraid…"


At that moment, Vim knocked and walked in.

 he listened as his father urged me to tell them about God, Vim spoke up before i could say anything.


“father, you too want to hear about the god of the Christian, you were only healed by Tamar’s magical power, or by a mare coincident not by some god. by the time she start telling you about her god, she will feel proud to take it to the street and start sharing with people which will be digging her grave. is too risky father, I’m not comfortable with that, I just don’t want her behaving like Abel who seem to be sold out to his god and he is so zealous. Abel is only alive because you issued warning on his head making him untouchable, Abel is wise enough and does not even pray out loud, I hardly see him pray to the unseen god loud, even in his chamber, but I have hard Tamar praying out loud in her room at the outhouse, I just fear for her. do not do this father, instead advice her to be careful not make her feel she can go around shouting "I’m a Christian, I’m a Christian", and she will suddenly disappear and no one will hear of her again and when search is carried out she will be found dead somewhere, stoned by the people who hates her type or torn apart by the animals. the thought of it makes me sick, I don’t want to go risking her life for nothing, for a god who can not even save her…"


“The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men and the weakness of God is stronger than mighty men. For he took our infirmities and carried away our diseases. my lord’s hand is not too short to save his people and he is not a weak God that he can not deliver us from the plot of the wicked, for he dried up the red sea with his command, turning the river into desert. The lord is not deaf that he can not hear, he is not a God made by mortal men, he is Jehovah. for in him I live, move and have my being..."


Everywhere fell silent as the word of God flows out through me.

Vim couldn’t speak further as he turned and walked out angrily.


 I understand his fear, he wants me to be safe but he is also preventing his parents from receiving salvation which was so close to them.

 the devil wanted to use him without him knowing and i held onto the word that says.

“submit yourself to God and resist the devil and he will flew from you” 

and that was what I did, as I spoke the word that comes to my heart out loud without fear, Lord Reese and lady Phin seem shocked at the strong word that flow from my lips, and he said I should go.

 he said he will summon me tomorrow to speak about my God to them.

 I thanked them again and walked out.


As I walked down the long passage that leads to the out house, somebody suddenly drew me from behind and when I turned it was Vim, he asked me to follow him, I resisted but he seem serious, he took my hands and took me to his chamber, I was not afraid although he seem angry.


“what is wrong with you, do you want to get yourself killed? I know your kind of person Tamar, you can be fearless when that spirit comes upon you, I witnessed it at the fountain many years ago when you stood up to me, and that’s what will happen when you forget where you are and go around talking to everyone about your god, it will be dangerous. worship within this house and stop spreading that lies to my parents, everybody can not be crazy in this house like you and Abel, after speaking to them you will feel you got that power to go out there and talk to anyone you feel that needs repentant…and that’s my worries.."


" totally understand your fears my lor…Vim, but please do not stop me from speaking out to your parents, I’m always careful out there and nothing will happen to me, and even if something happens then let it be to the Lord’s glory. I die to the world and live for God..."


“that is exactly what I’m saying Tamar, did you hear yourself? dying to the world and living for your god, do you even think death is an interesting thing with the way you make it sound, once you die that is the end you can’t live for any god again, stop all this madness…please.."

He said getting more angrier.


"You will not understand the ways of God, for even if he allows us to wound he will also binds us up and if he strikes us his hand will heal us. I’m not crazy and I’m not scared what the people out there can do, for with God I’m secured…"


“I wish I can talk you out of this, I wish I can make you listen and see the danger ahead, i…I don’t want anything to happen to you Tamar…"


“Nothing will happen to me, why are you so worried about me, why do you worry so much more than.."


He didn't allow me to finish when he said


“Is…because… I love you Tamar. I really do, i…i have being wanting to tell you for long but always lost my courage, i have nursed the feeling and can’t keep it in my heart anymore. i love you…i…"


He paused and looked at me as if he has said a forbidden word which he did never wanted to say.

 he looked like a child that was beaten as he moved closer to me.


I was shocked at his revelation and I looked at him puzzled, I have never thought of it before that somebody like Vim will actually fall in love with a slave girl like me, when I’m not in his class or league.

he moved close enough to me and I bent my head, he lifted my head up and gently kissed me, he kissed me deeply like he has being holding back so much emotion and I when I managed to pull away from him he started apologizing.


I was shock at the speed at which everything was happening around me and Vim.


I quickly ran out of his chamber and ignored him as he called me to stop.


I was shock from the whole realization that Vim loved me and also the sudden kiss, that took me off guard.

 I have never being kissed in my life before and with my first experience, I don’t know what to think of it.

 Now I understand why he was so worried about me.

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