THE PERFECT WOMAN
After Marvis left, I thought about all she said and I know she was very correct. And so I asked myself, who is my enemy? What am I against? Who is behind my woes? Indeed I have been praying amiss, and so for the first time, I knelt down and prayed differently.
”Dear Lord Jesus, restore my home, rebuke the devourers for my sake. Bring back my husband to me. Save him from the claws of Satan. Bring back my happiness and make me the complete woman that you have made me. In Jesus name”
After the prayer, I felt this inner peace within me. All along I have made Marvis my enemy thinking she was the worm in my life. I owe her an apology.
As these thoughts crept through my tiny heart I allowed myself drown in the sleep that came in. The continuous knocking on the door brought me back to reality. Whoever it was that was knocking obviously didn’t have plans of leaving soon until I opened the door. And so I grudgingly stood up and opened. It was my mom, my dad, my mom in law, and my father inlaw. I was shocked to see them. I quickly greeted them and allowed them to come in quickly. The look on daddy’s face shows that he knows about everything.
Me: welcome mummies and daddies, I must be blessed today receiving my both parents at my house.
Daddy: cut the pretense, Danielle.
I knew there was trouble in the mountain because Dad never calls me Danielle except he is really angry
Daddy: so that boy turned you into his punching bag. You may own daughter. He turned you into a punching bag and you kept it from me. You planned with your mother to keep it for me. Anyways am not here for plenty talk. Just go pack your things, you are leaving this house today.
Me: which house? My husband’s house?
Daddy: which husband? That that that…..in fact don’t make me talk just go and pack.
Me: (turned to mummy) Mummy what is daddy saying now? What is going on here? I never said I wanted to leave my husbands house na
Mummy: my dear do you remember all I’ve taught you? In this, I have no say but you sure do and if you know all I’ve taught you then you know what to do.
Daddy: if you like woman, teach her to die in the hands of a man but I am taking my daughter home today.
I turned and looked at my in-laws, my mom in law was crying and I looked at my dad inlaw.
Dad inlaw: Danielle my child, whatever you decide now we will not hold it against you. I know everything my son has been doing to you, even though you never complained I know. I do not know where Isaiah learned to be a womanizer or how to hit a woman. His mom and I brought him up in the fear of God and I can tell you now that I don’t know what is happening to him.
Me: Daddy what is going on?
Mom inlaw: Your husband has gotten a girl pregnant. He brought her to the house last night and said he will be taking her as his wife. When I asked him about you, he said if you are willing to accept her as your mate then you can stay but if you can’t, then you can go and he will grant you a divorce.
Dad inlaw: We didn’t want you to hear this from anyone else that is why we went to see my in-laws tell them what is happening first before coming over to tell you.
I stood and looked from my mom to my dad and then to my in-laws. I felt nothing, no pain, no sadness no joy nothing. I just stared at them like a zombie. I knew they were waiting for me to say something. Daddy was busy picking some of my things that he could identify and throwing them outside the house. I was lost in my own thought. Here I was calling on God to restore my home a few minutes ago, Marvis had told me that I prayed amiss and that’s why God didn’t hear me and here I was praying it right and still, it seems things were getting worse.
I turned and looked at mummy as she stood and held me.
Mummy: my child remembers that whatever you decide, I will stand by you. Just think well before you decide.
I raised my head up and looked up to heaven. In my mind, I asked God, ”father are you still there?” Just then daddy came out of the room dragging my box. As he was about to step out I held his hands.
Daddy: what? What? why are you holding my hand? Leave my hand let me take this box down and let’s get out of here. You are my child and I am not tired of caring for you.
I smiled and I gave daddy a tight hug.
Me: Daddy, I am not going to leave my husband.
What I just said landed like a big slap on daddy’s ears.
Daddy: what did you just say?
Me: Daddy I said is not going to leave my husband……
I had not finished the statement before a big slap landed on my face and mummy quickly ran to hold and stop him.
Daddy: That is to correct your brain because it seems that something has gone wrong with your brains.
My dad has never ever slapped me since I was born, so him slapping me now means he is really angry. But my mind is made up and not even a thousand slaps can change it.
Me: Daddy I’m so sorry, I know you are angry, I have never disobeyed you once in my life but this time I’m sorry. (I broke into tears) I don’t want to leave my husband, I still love him very much, and I don’t want to leave him. I made a promise before man and God that till death do us part, I promised to love him for better for worse, I also made a promise to him on our wedding day that I will be strong for him when he is weak, I will be strong for us. (My mother inlaw and mummy started crying with me). Daddy, he looked at my heart and begged me not to leave him no matter what happens, and I made that promise to him.
Daddy: what sort of useless promise Is that? Has he kept any of the promises he made to you?
Me: Daddy I told him I will be strong for us. Isaiah is my husband and I know he loves me. He may be weak now, he may be down now but I believe by God’s grace he will rise again. My night may be dark now but my morning will definitely com, Daddy, my husband will come home to me. I know he will.
Daddy: Are you deaf? The man is marrying someone else. Someone who is already pregnant for him. Can’t you use your head?
Me: A man will leave his father and his mother and shall cling to his wife and they shall be one. Haggai had a child for Abraham but was and could never be his wife. Isaiah and I are one, that girl may have his child, but can never be his wife because he already has a wife. The word of God cannot lie, God cannot lie. I trust him and He will never fail me. My husband will come home to me, he will return to me, daddy!
I had become exhausted from crying and talking, even Daddy was by now sobbing. He held me close and wept bitterly.
It was a sad and tense atmosphere.