Ann revealed to her secret lover, Steve who was left thunderstruck. Steve was the Youth Pastor at a reputable church while Ann was the daughter of the Steve’s mentor, the Senior Pastor. If you do the math, you’d easily predict what their imminent action would be. After much controversy and disagreements, they finally buried the hatchet by aborting the pregnancy.
After donkey’s years, their relationship blossomed and they eventually got married. Interestingly, things played out differently afterwards as the couple found it difficult to conceive a child now that they most needed it. As a matter of fact, 15 years went by and there was no cry of an infant. Think of any possible solution. From Medical checkups to spiritual consultation. They had done it! They even broke the record of the 40 days and 40 nights fast…..all to no avail.
30 years on the brink yet, no breakthrough. No doubt, they were frustrated and depressed. Now they had to constantly quarrel over their past mistake regretting the decision to have terminated what now seemed like their only child. Ann felt she was the problem.
Perhaps her womb had been damaged. Like Lauryn Hill, these thoughts was killing her softly. Steve shared the same feeling. So he explored a Plan B by nurturing extramarital affairs. Still, no other woman could conceive for him either which brought him to the conclusion that he may actually be the weakling.
As his wife, he decided to accepted his fate and clung to her. But life was just teaching them a vital lesson. Intriguingly, a few months later, Ann was confirmed pregnant after menopause. And in due time, the couple was blessed with a son. They were overjoyed and thus, threw a magnanimous party. But who could blame them? After all, you don’t expect a couple who have had to wait 30 years for their first child to appreciate the blessing as one who only waited one year after tying the knot.
The lesson is not far-fetched. Never take anything for granted or you may have to learn to appreciate things the hard way. Never say it’s a bad day and so you take it for granted, for those in an early grave would rather have a bad day than be nailed in the coffin too soon. Never take a compliment for granted or criticism will give you a paradigm shift.
Never ever undervalue anything because pain has a way of making us know and understand the value of things. If you’ve ever been behind bars, you would know the value of freedom irrespective of your financial status. What you’ve achieved with ease may be someone else’s greatest achievement. You had better not take it with levity or life would teach you this in a cruel way.
Little wonder Confucius said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.”