Engraved upon the palms of God’s Hands

By Okwudili Umeweni

What a wonderful sleep I was having that cold morning of December, years ago in the small room I shared with my friend off campus. The compound had no fence but it contained close to fifty rooms similar to mine, all filled with students except for a mother and her newly born baby.

All of a sudden, I was awoken by a scream let out by a neighbor. I got up from my bed and the clock said some minutes past 1a.m. The screaming repeated itself. Now it was followed by a hush from a bolder voice.

Then it dawned on me that armed robbers have invaded our compound. I woke my room mate and informed him. We were both jittery and confused.

“What are we going to do?” we asked ourselves.

“The worst part of it all is that I have no money in the house,” came my now extremely frightened room mate, “Hope you do”.

I brought out the SIM card from my phone and kept it aside incase they had wanted the phone.

Now, they were now in our next-wall-neighbors’ rooms. Three in each room, as we noted from their voices. We then knew our room (which was in-between) was next.

While I was still bringing out my phone and money in preparation for their arrival, a verse from the scripture was immediately laid to my heart; where Paul was held captive with some other men in the Ship and there arose a great storm at sea. Paul’s words,

“And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paul” (Acts 27:22-24 KJV) came deep down in my spirit.

This was actually the work of the Holy Spirit as I immediately felt doubled! I, who was once full of fear, was now extremely bold!

I turned to my still panicky room mate and summoned him for joint prayers. He quickly agreed, having always known I believe so much in prayers. After the prayers, I told him to watch out and see God’s intervention in our lives. I was so much full of faith now.

Simultaneously, the six armed robbers who were in my two next-wall-neighbors’ rooms came out. It was now turn for our room to be robbed.

Our door was just a wooden one any child could break easily by just a kick. Though the robbers never needed to break it because all they did was stand afar from the door and command you to open up immediately with a countdown.

As soon as the six men came in front of my door, they stupidly began to ask themselves, “Have you searched this room?”

They all kept silent in reply as they asked one another this question repeatedly.

That was how the six hefty men foolishly and confusedly left my room to others’. It was indeed a miracle!

It was later in the morning, that I saw victims of the robbery with broken heads and knees; the thoroughly beaten ones; persons who fainted; the badly wounded security men who came to intervene; and those that had huge sums of their money and valued properties stolen.

My room was the only visible room that was not tampered with. It happened insomuch that even those who have always known me as being honest joined in accusing me of planning the armed robbery attack. I just smiled within me.

Those who saw the criminals said they were up to 18 in number with sophisticated guns and weapons.

It was indeed a night not to forget in a hurry not only because of its terror but also because of God’s miraculous protection upon my life which later caused a great revival in that compound.
Perhaps you are in great fear of one thing or the other, the one who made a whole Red Sea divide can make ALL things possible for you. Hear God’s Word:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy1:7 KJV).

“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Psalms 34:7 KJV).

“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continuously before me” (Isaiah 49:16 KJV).

These and many more!

An evangelist cum author


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