VOYAGE WITH THE CAPTAIN (Episode 23) – Olumide Fatunsin

Sophia looked up to thank God for the new experience and hope in God. Suddenly, Vincent and Sophia looked around but Sunday had disappeared. Vincent checked the door but it was locked. Sophia ran upstairs to check the rooms.

Vincent had hardly taken four steps on the stairs when he heard Sophia’s cry. Vincent was troubled as he ran to see what had befallen her. As soon as he reached the bathroom, he found Sunday unconscious on the floor. Sophia turned to him trembling,

“What should we do now? Look at his mouth. I think he drank a poison… Let’s do something… I’m scared…”

Vincent ignored her and ran downstairs to pick his phone. He called someone and ran up again. He shook his body but there was no response. He became restless and made another call. Within some minutes, a car arrived and they took him to the hospital. Vincent made sure his identity was kept secret from unauthorised people. Later, Sophia began to question Vincent if there was any poison or deadly thing in his house but he confirmed nothing of such was present.

Sophia wasn’t convinced and he tried to remember if she had observed anything in his pocket.

After some hours, the doctor told them that his recovery was a miracle. He told them he would be monitored for some days before he would be discharged. They weren’t able to trace the origin of the poison but Sophia concluded he might have hidden it in his pocket. The reason for concealing the poison was another mystery to her. Sophia stayed in an hotel pending the time he would be discharged. Out of God’s faithfulness, one of the nurses gave her a new testament Bible with a daily devotional. The nurse told her how God laid it upon her heart to approach her and she really appreciated her kind gesture. The few days she spent in the hotel was spiritually refreshing as she buried her head reading the gospel of Jesus in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The daily devotional greatly stirred up her interest in God. However, Vincent kept a watch over him with the help of the management and a hired special agent, who was his friend.

Sunday was able to respond to questions when he was balanced and fit.

“We were given the poison to attack…to attack…to attack… ”

He was looking at Sophia but Vincent wanted him to mention the name.

“Will you answer me?”

“Sophia…Sophia…” He pointed at her.

They asked him why he tried to commit suicide.

“I became depressed when I knew my hope of escaping from here was thin. It’s our belief that a visit of a mad person to one’s house early in the morning meant a sinister incident is imminent. So, I decided to take my life before I face the wrath of my boss whose trust I have betrayed.” He confessed.

Sophia advised Vincent to stop interrogating him. Sunday was discharged and they brought him back home. Stella, Vincent’s wife called and promised to be with them later in the day.

Sunday pleaded with them to release him and give him his phone. Sophia insisted he must be willing to help them to locate her sister and reveal more details about their operations. He looked at them as if to confirm their sincerity and they nodded positively.

Sophia prepared delicious food for them and Sunday couldn’t hide his satisfaction.

“My girlfriend has never prepared delicious food like this before. She’s always after my money. Are all women like that?” Sunday asked.

“No!” Sophia replied sharply.

Sunday turned to Vincent who was a bit cold to his question

“Women are great. In fact, they hate men spending on them. A woman can lock you up in the bedrom if you dare cross your boundary. If you like, cry to Jupiter or Pluto, she would just pack her bags and leave. So, women are great.” He said sarcastically while looking at Sophia who sat on the couch looking at them.

Sunday wanted to ask more questions but he silenced him. Sophia was lost thinking about the whereabouts of her sister but her heart was at peace through the portion of the Bible she read that morning.

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)

Sunday began to familiarise with them as he sat watching television. They waited for Vincent’s wife until the evening. Stella Jones greeted them and took her husband aside into the room. Sophia was getting impatient after 20 minutes. Sunday was relaxed and looked upstairs intermittently.

“It seemed they are enjoying themselves.” He told her with a smile.

Sophia didn’t respond.

“Life is sweet with a beautiful woman. Kai. I missed my girlfriend now. Do you have a boyfriend?”

Sophia raised her head to give him a befitting answer.

“I have a boyfriend.”

“Kai. He must be a handsome and romantic man. You deserve a man like that who will shower his love on you.”

“Yes! He loves me dearly. In fact, He saved me from a deadly pit some days ago.”

“Really? Which pit? Is it the one around the market or the one near the primary school?”

“No! From the pit of sin.” Sophia responded.

“Pit of sin? Where is that located?”

“Every sinner is in that pit and only Jesus Christ can deliver such a person.”

Sunday laughed and replied,

“Jesus Christ who couldn’t deliver himself on the cross will now deliver others? That’s one of the deceits of religion. All the religions in the world are fake.”

“Do you believe in God?” She asked him.

“Of course. I know there’s God but he can be approached without any mediator or man-made philosophy.”

“Call your mother?”

“Mr Vincent has seized my phone.”

“You don’t need a phone. She is your mother. Just shout and she will hear.” Sophia told him.

“There’s no way she csn hear me. She’s in the village.”

“Ok, I can call her and tell her that I’m her daughter.”

He laughed again and said,

“She can’t hear you. Moreover, you are not her daughter. In fact, she gave birth to two sons.”

Sophia fastened her eyes on him and said,

“Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you can’t call God your father. He longs to save your soul and calls you his son. Will you allow him?”

Sunday was silent for two minutes and asked her,

“Does it mean I will stop my illegal business? Does it mean I will be carrying Bible too? No… My hands have shed innocent blood and Jesus can’t save me. I’m beyond his reach…”

“No. Jesus is willing to forgive and save you. He will forget your past and give you a new beginning.”

“Forgive my past? You don’t know my past. I have brought sorrows to some families. I’m ashamed to even think about it.”

“Sunday, just confess your sins to him and ask him to forgive you. He will wash away your sins and transform you.”

“How am I sure He will forgive me?”

Sophia opened her Bible and read 1 John 1:9 to him.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Sunday asked surprisingly,

“God said so? Let me read it.”

Immediately, he read it, he cried bitterly to God to forgive him all his sins. He prayed for God’s mercy and Sophia prayed for him after leading him to confess and accept Jesus Christ into his life.

Sunday was still in tears when Vincent and his wife stood behind him. Sophia looked at them and noticed their changed countenance. Before she could say anything, they brought out…

To be continued in Episode 24.

Olumide Fatunsin

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