Before starting the bus, a passenger commanded the driver to stop.
“Hey, Stop! I said, Stop!”
Then, he brought out his medicine.
“Please, I need to buy water in order to use the medicine the doctor prescribed for me.”
“Baba, why didn’t you buy it before you entered? I am in a hurry.” One passenger shouted.
“I have a bottle of water here” A young boy offered his bottle of water.
“No. I must buy a particular brand of bottled water. My tenant told me to buy it.”
“Why?” the young boy asked.
“His elder brother owns the pure water company”
The passengers burst into laughter except Sophia who was anxious to leave the town. The driver got down to help him buy that particular bottled water.
“Thank you! May you live long and enjoy the fruit of your labour.” He prayed for the driver.
He didn’t respond but asked his colleague to call one of the men standing by.
“I will inform you once I get to the state capital.”
The driver checked the passengers once again before starting the bus.
However, fear gripped Sophia when she heard it and she began to recite some verses of her favourite Psalms 35 silently.
“Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.
2) Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help.
3) Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation”
The woman sitting beside her looked at her and smiled. She wasn’t bothered but continued to recite the verses.
After 45 minutes into the journey, the man who had earlier delayed their departure suddenly woke up from sleep screaming,
“All the enemies of my father’s house, mother’s compound, tenant’s relatives and the enemies among my co-travellers must perish now.”
The driver pulled to a stop after hearing the prayers and shouted,
“Baba, why are you cursing us?”
The man raised his voice again and prayed,
“All my enemies outside and inside this bus must perish”
“Amen!” chorused two of the passengers.
The angry driver warned him to stop scaring them with his curses.
“Are you one of them? You didn’t respond to the prayers I prayed for you before leaving the motor park. Are you one of my enemies? Answer me!” the man asked him.
The driver ignored him and continued with the journey.
The young boy brought out some gospel tracts and distributed them. Sophia collected it and kept it inside her bag.
A young lady took it and tore it into pieces when she read the title,
“Beware: Your sin will find you out”
The young boy looked at her mother who encouraged him not to relent in the Kingdom assignment.
After another 25 minutes, they reached the state capital and Sophia thought how she would escape once she reached the motor park.
Fewer people were at the motor park at that time of the night. She quietly alighted without looking up and manoeuvred her way through the park.
“Hey Woman! Young lady! Wait!” A tall man called.
She began to run without looking at the man and he ran after her telling her to wait.
When she was about to cross the road, a motorcyclist on high speed was coming from the other side.
Sophia… Sophia… S..o..p..h..i..a…
To be continued in Episode 16.