Evil From Heaven – A Story By Abhynha Yankey

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EVIL FROM HEAVEN

Evil from heaven

It’s been six good years since Afrakoma married and there still hasn’t been the cry of a baby. First, it was four years of marriage without a baby, then the second which lasted for three years but apparently lost the man when she took seed. Few weeks after the man had been buried, she had a miscarriage. How on earth would you describe her if not a ‘barren witch’?

Barreness has no place in Africa. It’s an abomination to get married without putting to bed, but was it their fault? I’m sure some also were at fault though.

Afrakoma would always be seen crying and holding her bible to church. Where was her God? Why wouldn’t he come to her aid?

Before Afrakoma got to her prime, she saw herself as the most beautiful girl around. She would reject every guy that came her way. Rumours had it that she was a lesbian. No wonder she was always moving with one particular girl.

Aside all these, she was very beautiful and obedient. She was a worshipper as well, but as to whether she was a true worshipper, God is the judge.

But hei, why was God delaying in answering her prayers if she was a true worshipper. Ahh well…

She gradually became an object of mockery. Children as well as adults mocked her from dawn to dusk. No one wanted to sell to her. That indeed was pitiful and made her plight unbearable.

Many drew close to advise and encourage her, only to later go out to gossip about her. She found no reason to go out of her room nor even go to church anymore. She believed the world knew her no more and had no place for her.

She cried and cursed herself mostly in the nights. Her husband was getting fed up with her attitude. He tried his best to make her happy but that wouldn’t yield any positive results.

Paa Yaw, her husband believed that the right time would come though they were not growing any younger with each passing day.

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It’s been six good years since Afrakoma married and there still hasn’t been the cry of a baby. First, it was four years of marriage without a baby, then the second which lasted for three years but apparently lost the man when she took seed. Few weeks after the man had been buried, she had a miscarriage. How on earth would you describe her if not a ‘barren witch’?

Barreness has no place in Africa. It’s an abomination to get married without putting to bed, but was it their fault? I’m sure some also were at fault though.

Afrakoma would always be seen crying and holding her bible to church. Where was her God? Why wouldn’t he come to her aid?

Before Afrakoma got to her prime, she saw herself as the most beautiful girl around. She would reject every guy that came her way. Rumours had it that she was a lesbian. No wonder she was always moving with one particular girl.

Aside all these, she was very beautiful and obedient. She was a worshipper as well, but as to whether she was a true worshipper, God is the judge.

But hei, why was God delaying in answering her prayers if she was a true worshipper. Ahh well…

She gradually became an object of mockery. Children as well as adults mocked her from dawn to dusk. No one wanted to sell to her. That indeed was pitiful and made her plight unbearable.

Many drew close to advise and encourage her, only to later go out to gossip about her. She found no reason to go out of her room nor even go to church anymore. She believed the world knew her no more and had no place for her.

She cried and cursed herself mostly in the nights. Her husband was getting fed up with her attitude. He tried his best to make her happy but that wouldn’t yield any positive results.

Paa Yaw, her husband believed that the right time would come though they were not growing any younger with each passing day.

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She was finding it difficult to push at the labor room so she was rushed to the theatre since it was her first child.

Caesarian section was performed on her at the theater where she had a bouncy baby boy. Her husband was pacing right at the entrance of the theater to receive the baby from the midwife. “Awurade,nhyira nkawo. Today is a Thursday right? Yaw,yes Yaw. You came on the right day. Daddy is also Yaw. Hei madam, I hope my wife is in a very good condition”(he asked turning to the midwife).

“Yes she is. She would be brought to the lying-in very soon. Just keep praying as you did for your baby boy. Until then you would give me the baby,”the midwife replied.

“Mummy, welcome back. Our son is sleeping so decided to stay and watch him do so. I won’t disturb you because I know you are fatigued. Don’t worry much. I’ve given some money to the midwives to cover up whatever extra debt you might incur. Let me rush to the office and put few things together,” He said while giving his wife a kiss.

“Hurray! I am a proud father of a baby boy who would grow soon into a man,” he shouted when he got to his office. They were all happy for him as they congratulated him with a million handshakes.

“Boss can we see the baby?” One of the workers doubtingly asked.

“Yes but she needs rest now so we can go there later in the evening. We would be allowed in since she’s at the VIP session,” he replied. “I’m very happy and can’t hide my joy. I never believed a day like this would come. I am not Kojo papa, neither am I Kofi papa. I am Yaw papa. Such a wonderful day. Thank you Jehovah! Eerrm… Kobby, I will rush home and get some few things for my wife. You guys can meet me there when you close ok?”

He rushed home to get some new dresses for baby and mama. He added some few toiletries and some provisions although they weren’t needed at that particular time. He went back to the hospital full of joy. Afrakoma and the baby were deep into sleep when he got there, but he still went ahead and lifted the baby, making sure not to wake any of them.

His workers came in to see the baby and Afrakoma. She woke up when she heard the multiple footsteps close to her bed. “Boss, this baby looks very handsome and heavy. I’m sure you used your best style to get madam pregnant oo. I will come for some tutorials,”one of the workers jovially said.

It was getting late so they had to excuse baby and mama for them to enjoy their sleep. It seemed the baby was very tired. Amidst all the noise, he didn’t open his eyes.

Paa Yaw hugged his wife and left in the company of his workers.

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Paa Yaw hugged his wife and left in the company of his workers.

Afrakoma was discharged after a three day stay at the hospital. Paa Yaw gave them all the attention they needed.

Gradually, Yaw got to his school age. He was a very handsome boy who was admired by many. He didn’t like being in the company of people.

On few occasions, Yaw was seen lying on the floor with drooling mouth at school. His friends who didn’t know much about it teased him. Because of that, he often came home with stained uniform.

When asked by his parents, he always replied that he fell down while playing.

It continued for some time until Yaw told his parents he didn’t want to go to school anymore. He would prefer being at home.

His parents didn’t understand that decision, but decided to let him stay home for a day or two and see if he could have a change of mind.

During his stay at home, he went to the kitchen to help his mum with the preparation of supper. He suddenly fell and started jerking uncontrollably. All this while, he was drooling.

Afrakoma who was scared took the phone and called her husband. He didn’t waste any time in getting home. When he arrived, everything had stopped but his dirty dress and bruises on his hands said it all.

Paa Yaw didn’t want his son to feel sad and bad so he took him by the hand to the room for them to watch movie together. It was a clear indication their son had epilepsy.

This continued for some months. He started developing sores all over due to jerk he always had on the floor.

“Mum, please where is dad? I want to talk to you both please,” Yaw told his mum who was at the hall.

“Alright,let me call him. He’s in the bedroom,” Afrakoma replied.

She called the husband who joined them.

“Mum and dad, please I don’t want to go to school anymore. I also don’t want to run errands to the market anymore. They tease me a lot. Please let me stay home and run errands at home. I won’t cause any trouble please,” Yaw pleaded with teary eyes and a heavy voice.

“Don’t worry dear. Daddy is here with you ok? Mum is also here. We will always make you happy. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe God can heal you of this?

I don’t need you to answer. Last night I was watching a program on television when you both were sleeping. There is this man of God who has come to one of the towns in the eastern region. Though I don’t have much money left, we would all go there God willing tomorrow. I’m trusting God for this, you will be fine so that you can go back to school ok?” Paa Yaw said.

“Yaw, did you hear daddy. Go get some sleep. I would gather some few things so that we leave very early tomorrow morning.”

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Yaw, did you hear daddy. Go get some sleep. I would gather some few things so that we leave very early tomorrow morning.

Daddy, God bless you very much. We love you,”Afrakoma said while leading his son to the bedroom.

Early the next morning, Afrakoma woke up to put some few things together. She prepared breakfast, warmed some water for daddy and son to wash down with since the weather was very cold.

After everything, they set off to the place. It was a bit far but they got there on time. They were having prayer session when they arrived. An usher helped them in.

“Please when can we see the man of God?” Paa Yaw enquired. “Please you can go to the upper room if you want to see him. He is currently there working on some people. Just use the other gate, there is a staircase there,”the usher replied.

Just as they got to upper room, Yaw had the epileptic attack. This attracted some few people around.

The man of God after attending to one lady, got up and went closer to where Yaw was.

“Madam, why did you do that? See what you have caused. You are the cause of your son’s predicament. Sir, is he your son too? (Turning to Paa Yaw). Lift him and come right now. Human beings are so cruel and inpatient,”the man of God said while moving on.

Afrakoma didn’t understand anything. She got confused. She followed her husband to the man of God.

“Woman, I asked you a question which you have not answered. Don’t tell me you’ve forgotten. Anyway, I would remind you since that’s why you came here. From what I’m seeing, this isn’t your first nor second marriage. Even after you had married this man, it took you six years to take seed,” the pastor went on to say.

“Yes yes daddy, yes please,”Afrakoma responded.

“You were a true worshipper but just because you weren’t getting a child, you questioned God. You questioned God’s authority. Who taught you that? You know He gives to us in His own appointed time. You forced Him to give to you what wasn’t meant for you. This is evil from heaven! Your’s was supposed to be due during your seventh year of marriage, but you forced your maker because human beings were making mockery of you. Because of that, you stopped going to church and decided to stay indoors. God takes His time to polish what rightfully belongs to us and gives it to us. He makes people envious of us. We don’t force Him to prove to us that He is God. He is and always would be.

Patience, trust and faith are the keywords of a true christian. All you need to do is pray. You even need to show gratitude when the thing hasn’t been provided.

Remember that our God is a faithful and forgiving God, just cry to Him, pray for forgiveness from the in depth of your heart. Cry to Him, He will hear and answer you. If you do so, your son would be free.

He turned to the crowd and admonished, “no one dare forces our maker to prove to man that He is God. You rather call for evil from heaven. That shows the wrath of God upon man. Let’s learn to have patience, trust and faith in God always”

The end

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