By Olutimehin Ifeoluwa
When I was about to give up, the driver stopped and picked me. He was an elderly man who said he was returning from an old peoples people’s home where he always spent his Christmas eve. “You need some warmth” he said as he looked at me like I was his little girl. I began to feel a way that I hadn’t felt in a long time. “My name is Alfred Stone but you can call me Fred” he said. “what were you doing out so late?” “I closed late from work and had no one to drive me home” I replied. He insisted I go home with him to meet his family and at least have a cup of coffee. I agreed to go after much persuasion.
I met his children and grandchildren who were very pleasant people. I felt so much at home as I was served a cup of coffee with cookies. I hadn’t felt so relaxed in a very long time as I had somehow been estranged to my family, except my twin brother who had died. The brief time I spent with them struck a cord in my heart that I didn’t even know still existed. I really appreciated their company and I told them so.
When the rain subsided, I took leave of them as I went back to my lonely apartment. Immediately I got home, I slept like a baby and woke up the next morning, the hope in my heart rekindled like amber. I stood up from the bed and picked up my Bible from where it had gathered dust as I remembered a scripture my brother used to share with me. Jeremiah 31:3, “the Lord hath appeared of old unto me saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love ; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee. I can’t explain what happened afterwards but all I could remember was that I felt Refreshed and God’s love flooded my heart. I literally felt the arms of Jesus around me, carrying me like His baby girl
It’s been three years since that dark night laced with uncertainty. I’m now married to Justin Stone, now I am Sophie Stone. Every Christmas reminds me of that Christmas eve when I was shivering in the cold and as I count my blessings, I’ll be sure to give thanks to God for anger without wings and for the miracle of Christmas.
About Olutimehin Ifeoluwa – I am Ifeoluwa. I am the beloved of God and a very beautiful or as I say, Beeyouteafull lady. I love volunteering, reading, writing and singing.