And there she went again as the tall, fair and handsome new accountant walked past her at the reception. She couldn’t help but think he was avoiding her. Maybe he had noticed the way she looked at him. Or was it so obvious she was head over heels in love with him?
There was an air of friendliness he had around him when he first joined the company – ENNAD GROUP. That air of friendliness was no longer there. That was not her concern right now. She admired every bit of him and wished him for herself. His dressing was impeccable. He remembered names. He smelt so damn good. He opened doors for her whenever they met at a particular door stop. To top it up, he was a Christian. Romantic Christian man. What else was there to want in a man? He was a complete gentleman.
‘But he’s married’, she could hear her conscience say.
Even though she found out he was married. I mean he wore a wedding band. That made him all the more attractive. Fine, young and married showed that he was a responsible man. And she loved responsible men. He would be responsible to her. She clutched the file she had in her hands to her chest. Funsho Beecroft was the bomb.
‘Hey Funsho’. She said. Smiling beyond her usual smile. Their company policy was to address one another on first name basis. She had to look attractive. She wondered if his wife was more beautiful than she was. Oh! How she would love to see what his wife looked like so she would know how to beat her at her game.
‘Hello Shade. How are you today?’ He said adjusting his tie. She was literally melting. He was on his way upstairs. If not, he would have gotten the door for her and sweep her away again.
‘I’m fine, thank you.’ She responded blushing. Usually she would play hard to get for those brothers. This one, hard-to-get can pass.
She pushed the door and straight to her desk she went. Her legs could hardly carry her. She stared at the computer screen lost in thought of him going down on one knee telling her he couldn’t do life without her. How he was captivated by her beauty and couldn’t stop thinking about her. She fantasized him popping the big question. Of course! She said yes. Fast forward, they were walking down the aisle. Fast forward, they were lodged in a hotel suite in South Africa and he was about to kiss her as she gently wrapped her arms around his neck. It was going to be the best night ever.
‘Grin…grin…’ The sound of her desk phone brought her back to reality. It was Evelyn, the HR assistant.
‘Hello Shade. You don’t seem to want to pick your desk phone today’ Evelyn asked over the phone.
‘Sorry dear, I was busy with some paperwork.’ She lied. How could she mention she was fantasizing over someone else’s husband?
Evelyn wanted her to follow up on one of their clients in Abuja. No one had asked her to contact any clients today and for that she was grateful. She had worked with ENNAD GROUP as an Account Manager for three years. She saw herself rising up the ranks in a short while. She was great with the customers and was handed the portfolio of top clients in the company.
‘Hello, my name is Sade Banjoko from ENNAD GROUP. How are you doing today?’ She got a response from the caller.
She discussed with the client for a few more minutes.
‘Thank you Mike, you would definitely hear from us’. She said confidently. This was a good prospect. It was a done deal. God had been faithful to her in her job and her life in general.
She dialled 921 on her desk phone. ‘Hey Evelyn! It’s a done deal. We meet with them in one week.’ She reported.
All right thanks. I knew you could do it. Evelyn responded. They were confident in her abilities. Not that she did anything special. She just knew God had a hand in it. He convinced the customers. There was nothing too small or too big to be brought before God. Even a job. He was interested.
She reached out for her call log in her drawer. Filled the call she made in. Then, she reached out for her sticky notes and imputed ‘MEETING WITH MIKE LANDON OF TIK TOK LTD on Monday 31st July by 11am.’ There! She pasted it on her desk. That would remind her.
Just then, she remembered she was yet to have her morning tea. She reached for her drawer to get her travel mug. Her phone buzzed. It was her WhatsApp notification. Her mum had sent her the daily open heavens devotional update.
About five people sent her the devotional daily but her mum’s meant a lot to her. Spiritual development was priority. She clicked on the pop up notification on her Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
Then clicked on her mum’s message. Like an arrow pierced through her heart. She felt her heart beat very fast. Like a child being spanked by her mother. The topic was COVETOUSNESS. Did God send Daddy Adeboye to her this morning?
The text was from Exodus 20:17 Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s house. Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife… She heard her spirit read that out as HUSBAND… nor his manservant or maidservant nor his ass nor anything that is thy neighbours.
This man was somebody else’s husband. How could she think of being married to him?
‘Thank you Holy spirit.’ She muttered. The holy spirit that convicted her so that she may not be condemned by the devil. She had been consumed with lust for someone else’s husband. She had been getting promptings but she had not listened. She had been deaf.
She stood up immediately. There was no time to waste. She rushed to the restroom, locking the door behind her, she went down on her knees and said, ‘My father forgive me! I have done this great evil only before you. Forgive me I have sinned against this man and his wife. Have mercy Lord thank you for showing me my wrong. I love you Lord. In Jesus name I have prayed. At that moment, she felt peace within her and walked back to her desk with a deep knowing that she would never cast a lustful glance at that man again.
Not by power, not by might, but by my Spirit saith the Lord of hosts.
Do you struggle with any form of covetousness? Do you think something that belongs to someone should be yours? God is against this. Especially in this era of social media where you see people with different things flaunting them all over.
It’s time we make amends. Godliness with contentment is great gain..
Written by Opeyeoluwa Lawal.
OPEYEOLUWA is a Christian writer who has been called to wrote to encourage people in times of weariness according to Isaiah 50:4. Ope, as she is fondly called loves God and His works. She loves to teach and she researches during her spare time. She is married to Olawale Perfect.
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