***A Highway Unaccompanied***


Her sweaty hands were steady on the steering wheel. Her eyes were focused on the road like a flint...very unyielding to any slight change in course. Her forehead was turned in a forward vertical direction. Her whole body moved according to the direction of the soft cadence of the wind. It was as though a musical beat in the far distance some miles in front was calling her name...yet she couldn't quite hear any audible sound. But behind her it felt as though an *onigangan had been hired to beat his *"dun dun" which was loudly warning her of ignorance and calamity in front...warning her that she knew not where she was going and that she knew not the disasters of a lonely highway. She was on a highway to no-where, yes...but let it be so! Not even the sound of the loudest talking drums with descending pitches could talk her out of this.

She had tried to do this forty-one times. Alas, the 42nd was a success. "I will run away...far far away...where no one will ever be able to find me. I have had so many daggers come through my clothes." She smiled tiredly, but with confidence. "I am tired of people and their plots. But most of all...I am sorry I was ever born, for my story is a hopeless plight." The sun heard her speak, yet it kept shining like nothing was happening...it got neither darker nor brighter. No, not a tear was shed. She had shed all the tears from her soul already, and she had nothing left to shed.

"No, now what? Who's chasing me?" She peered into her left side-view mirror. "No mama, no! I'm not going back home!" Her mother was chasing her and catching up now. There were some more cars behind her mother's. Then she saw their faces. Her husband, her brother, her father...and Wunmi, her best friend. They were beside her now. She started crying. "I'm not alone."

They were seated on the grassy meadow now, all exhausted from the long chase. *"Omo mi atata," her mother whispered into her ears. "We will never let you go. We're all in this together. But you see child, there may be a time when you are really physically alone...but you will not be alone, for even in the valley of the shadow of death, God will be with you. His mighty rod and His staff, they will be your comfort." That's when she understood the message...that there will never really be an unaccompanied highway. There will always be someone there with her.
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* Onigangan: skilled drummer
* Dun dun: Talking drum
* Omo mi atata:
My darling daughter

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This story illustrates a self-explanatory truth. Whether we know it or not, there will always be someone with us.

So let us dance to the revelation that we are not alone. Whatever your plight is, place it in the hands of the One who created the sun. God never left you, not even once. In Genesis 16 when Hagar, the Egyptian slave, was running away from her mistress Sarai, an angel of God met her and said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going? Go back to your mistress and submit to her." Thats when she gav
e God this name, "You-Are-The-One-Who-Sees-Me" (El Roi).

*Master Potter, You are the One who sees us*

31 comments:

Afrobabe said...

Firsssssssssssssssssssstttt lol...

I knew for a fact I wasn't alone when while sick in the hospital I cried for God to take me and spare me this pain..my mum imeediately yelled that He take her instead..if a mothers love is so strong how much more the heavely fathers?

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Yes, our father's love is mighty. He sees all and hears our prayers. Thanks be to His name.

Nice post and wait, am I second?

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

And did I miss the top spot by a few minutes?

Jinta said...

this is really nice. funny how it applies to me right now and i really needed that

Parakeet said...

Indeed Jaycee you're right. You see I was never schooled in talking things through with my mum. Whenever I had a problem I either sort it out or talk to a total stranger or a friend. But never my mum because I always felt she will never understand. It makes me feel so lonely cos I feel the one true person I should be talking to I cant seem to get to. Well the few times I cast my fears aside and crawl out of my shell to let her in, its been really fulfilling. It always felt like a massive burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Indeed we're never alone.

Standtall said...

Hmmmmmmmm I could relate wv Parakeet exprience. My late mom would definitely not understand if whatever I was going to tell her did not conform wiv her perfectionsit opinion, so I wld rather share wiv friends.

And yes, GOD WILL ALWAYS BE WIV US. May we pocess the wisdom to discern HIS presence. Amen!!!

OluwaDee said...

You r so right dear;
There is always light in d darkest of tunnels. God can never abandon us.

Hv a lvli week.

Shubby Doo said...

I read this and I thought of a hymn from my childhood... in one of the verses is a line that says 'it is hard to dance with the devil on your back'... but in the chorus the lord simply replies:

'Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,

And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.'

I so needed this. Thanks Jaycee

Jaycee said...

Afrobabe...oh, who can underestimate the love of a mother? Even God Himself acknowledges the bond between a woman and her child. Isaiah 49: 15, "Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you."
Even on those rare days, when our mothers are not there, God CANNOT forget us.

Solomonsydelle...oh boy, did u really miss that top spot or what?

Jinta...Oh wow...I hope you get the wisdom you need right now, for this particular season you are in...

Parakeet...I'm glad a massive burden has been lifted. You know what, I am using you as a point of contact for everyone else that has lost a personal relationship with their mother or father or guardians. For everyone reading this who falls into this category, I pray that the God who has no impossibilities in His book will mend your relationship with your parent(s), and that you will find joy again from their comfort. There's a special reason why God created and designed "family" the way it is.

Standtall...when you talk about a mother who was a perfectionist, I can boldly say I feel you because mine is (only in certain issues though). But you see, there is always a solution to everything. There's a Nigerian song that says, "He has done for me (2x). What my Father cannot do, He has done for me! What my mother cannot do, He has done for me!"

Oluwadee...NEVER...even when we think all hope is gone, there's never a day that God isn't there! But we cannot see Him with our physical eyes, unless the scales fall out and our spiritual eyes are open to really see Him standing there in times of trouble...to see Him as a gladiator who never dies, fighting for us until the very end.

Shubby doo...that song just made my heart glad...hmmm...the Lord of the dance. I will keep dancing...no matter what time of the day or what kind of weather, be it stormy or sunny, I WILL dance!

uNWrItten* said...

hey boo..im feeling much better now..just upset at the time..thanks for checking up on me!..its been a while :)

LG said...

... so on point
dear, i luv ur reply to standtall n paraket
i even sing it to mumc's hearing whenever she's at 'it', lollll
she just ignores me tho

cheers!!

archiwiz said...

Mmmm....three times. I'm hearing/reading this for the third time within 24 hours...Lord, please help me understand and see You despite what I might think or feel, when the time comes.

aworan said...

Thanks for sharing this...

Jaycee said...

Unwritten...I visited ur house today...*wink*

LG...I can just imagine ur mum's expression as you sing the song cheerfully in her ears...*priceless* Lol.

Archiwiz...if you only knew how confident I am that He's going to answer you sooner than you even expect...

Aworan...u're welkie...I pray you have a wonderful week ahead...

Vera Ezimora said...

God really is the one who sees me (us). There have been countless times when things have just worked out, without much effort from me, so I cannot help but believe it is the handwork of God. He knows what is ahead, so He does the work to clear the road b4 I get there. And I know I have never deserved any of the things He has done and continues to do.

Omosewa said...

Iyawoooooooooooooooooooooo hehehe, how's the rock doing?:D

I like this post, and it's so timely, im listening to Kirk's more than i can bear.

God is truly more than enough for me and my El-roi, now and always.

LOL@u playing detective, thats my job jor...hehehe

Reverence said...

thanks for being my first post....ILY

ONADA Photography said...

great blog post! i love this! you are so right.

Believer said...

He sees me...Amen. In case, I haven't said this enough, your blog ROCKS, your God ROCKS and you ROCK..

Waffarian said...

Thank you...Felt really good after reading this...

Uzo said...

Oh yes....someone is always with us..How have you been dear?

Remi, United Kingdom said...

Hey baby girl - I can't wait for your book - and that's a phrophesy! :-)))
Thanks for checking up on me, back from conference, holiday and rearing to go... woohooo..

Yes we are never alone, we feel like we are but then we look around and there are people around us - both near and far. But then there is the one who is Always with us. Even when we can't feel or see him. In Genesis 1:2 2nd part reads "The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters." So when we feel out of sorts and all alone, we should be rest assured that God is with us. He is hoovering over us. Besides he never sleeps or slumbers.
I was blessed by this. Thank yooooou, and have an awesome, awesome week.xxx

AlooFar said...

It's nice to read this.

Debbie said...

Yes, God sees, cares, knows and hears every faint cry, even the spoken and unspoken words of our heart. This is a reminder to me as I've been going through a lot of stuff lately, it's good to be reminded about the ever constant present of our loving father.

Lady A said...

Keep it up!

Doja said...

WOW how do you write these things?

Smaragd said...

u are always right on point JC.

i relate with Parakeet and Standtall, and i still cant really talk to my mum sha.

beautiful, profound and soothing as usual.

Writefreak said...

Preacch sistah! He's always there eve when we feel very alone...'though i walk through the valley of shadow of death, your rod and yur staff they comfort me, you place a table before me in the presenceof my enemies..' so even in the presence of the enemies, He is there, hallelujah!

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

Im suprised I didnt leave a message, I read this the first time it came out. Trully God is never away from us. Even in the midst of it all, He is there always. Have a super afternoon.

Olamild said...

Goshhh

you are such a beautiful writer

The poets voice ~~~ said...

Matthew 28:20- .......And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."