14th February 2019.
14th February is a remarkable day throughout the world. Children, youth, adult and the aged are very much aware what this day portents. I don’t want to delve into the regular Valentine’s Day which is anonymously, Lovers day as known by all and sundry. I am going to talk about its significance as is related to a recent occurrence in my love life.
This day, the 14th of February 2019 will ever remain fresh and ever green in my subconsciousness. Ask me why? God in his infinite mercy reversed what would have been tagged devastating in my love life and marriage. Yes the love of God was made manifest on this lovers day not because of any extraordinary action I undertook. You may be wandering what am chattering about. You are right though to think in that light. Now let me take you into what happened this very day that have left me grateful to God for life.
The beginning of February 2019, got me scared to my bone marrow. My husband who traveled to Lagos for a business meeting called one evening to tell me that he missed his step and fell into a gutter near the hotel where he lodged. He became sick and for four days was not able to conclude the business that he went for. He came back to Port Harcourt. But it so happened that he developed a boil on his lap. This took a week or more to heal.
One morning he woke up complaining of a blurred vision. We felt it could be as a result of the antibiotic he has been taking and would clear with time. But low and behold, my husband’s site continues to degenerate. He could barely move unaided.
But two days after we decided that he goes to see an optometrist. He did. Ran some test and was diagnosed of fluid in his eye. Where from I asked? You have been careful with pouring water over your head while bathing, I said.
Two years back, my husband had an eye surgery in India and after the surgery, the doctor told him not to carry heavy loads, and not to allow water enter his eyes. He has been strictly observing these, so this fluid in his eyes is coming to us as a surprise.
Nevertheless, we had to proceed to eye foundation in Lagos Immediately without delay as my husband’s vision was going down speedily. On the 12th day of February, he flew into Lagos. I had to stay behind as my little girl was home for her midterm break, and the business too had to be taken care of.
On the 14th of February, while every other person is busy celebrating Valentine’s Day, my husband was in the theatre, battling with his sight.
For two days, I couldn’t talk to him on phone, though I knew he was indisposed, and his friend who lives in Logos, and who accepted to come to the airport to receive him, never showed up. My husband managed all the same. When I spoke with him after consultation with the optometrist, he told me that the doctor said his chances of seeing properly again was very small as his retina had been detached. What he can only do for him is to see if he can maintain the little he is seeing now to avert total blindness.
My husband was devastated. I tried assuring him that God can change every situation. I advised him not to dwell on what the doctor told him, but he was hysterical. How could he be blind at his age of 48? What will happen to his shipping business that he just started? How do I manage? At my age being saddled with the responsibility of taking care of a bling husband. What of the business? My blog? The books am writing, my masters degree, how do I coordinate all these?
I had to put all my trust in God. In the face of all these challenges, I remained positive. I began to use the power of creative imagination. I see my husband walking unaided. I see him, I and our children playing around the house. I see him taking charge of his business once again. I refused to give up. I refused to dwell on challenges daring me? I became positivity personified. I move around my daily business laughing and cracking jokes with my staff. Nobody knew what was happening with me. I refused to discuss it, I refused to make it an issue and miraculously, it became a non-issue in my life.
What did I do,
rather than dwell on my worries, I decided to throw a valentines party in
celebration of love and my husband’s recovery on the same day he was willed
into the theater. This is positive thinking and creative imagination which I applied
in a seemingly hopeless situation, and the result thereafter was marveling.
,I was not able to talk to my husband that day and the day after but I wasn’t perturbed. I keep imagining him stepping out of the aircraft, walking towards me, and I running to him and the two of us locked lovingly in a sweet embrace. This is the picture I want, this picture I painted unshakably, and that, was the result I got.
Two days later, my husband called. I was over joyed when I saw the call. Expectantly, I asked, how are you? “fine” He answered. How did it go? I asked again. He said, “The surgery was successful”. I screamed excitedly on top of my voice not minding people around me. God has done it again! God has done it again ooooo!! I danced around the reception of my office.
On that same day, he was discharged and he flew back to Port Harcourt.
three months since after the surgery and I can confidently say that my husband’s
site is back to normal.
I charge you
today to always remain positive in the faces of challenges no matter its enormity.
Employ the creative power of imagination to rewrite your present unpalatable situation to what you desire. And I tell you it works more than magic. May you receive the wisdom to weather the storms in your life.
Good luck to you all.