A Lockdown Story
By: Ellen Jachimma
It was a beautiful experience for Ellen, as well as a time for sober reflection. The lockdown took me by surprise, although since the pandemic came, my ears have been down for news. That fateful night as I watched Channels TV, our dear President, Muhammad Buhari announced the two weeks lockdown which will commence on the 30th of March. Being the only one at home, as my uncle had travelled earlier to the East, due to the lockdown by Lagos State Government, I had to think of my next move. That night, I received a memo from my office that work had been suspended till further notice. I thought to myself, “Ellen Jachimma, this is an opportunity to have a nice time with your family” The next day, I travelled down to Ilisan Remo, Ogun State where my elder sister and her family reside.
The lockdown at first was boring as we all had a regular routine. However, It turned differently when I began viewing it as an opportunity to better myself. I took up a motherly role as I did virtually all the house chores ranging from cooking, washing clothes, moping the house, sometimes bathing the children, making their beds, as well as waking the children up at night. During the daytime, I made out time for the children where we had a mini ‘classroom activity.’ There was also time for Bible study with the children, which made them look forward to it as I included opportunities for questions and answers. I also gave them assignments with rewards attached, appropriately.
During the lockdown, I began seeing the need of small scale farming. Fortunately, we had a farm and we all went to clear it ready for planting. I also equipped myself with insightful books such as Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White; The Compleat Courtship by Nancy Van Pelt and 7 Enemies Of The Family And How To Conquer Them by Roger Hernandez. Regardless of how busy my schedule was, I was able to achieve some of my personal goals, which entailed the summary of the four Gospel. All thanks to the working timetable I prepared.
April 4th was memorable as I celebrated my birthday with my family.
In all, the lockdown story will not be complete without mentioning the special times I had with God.
A Note From Eden: Dear Ellen,
You’ve always stood strong for those you love. You’ve always put God at the forefront of all you do. If the words focus, brilliance and discipline had a twin each, you would have been a perfect fit. You are a masterpiece of the rainbow after the storms. You are beauty, inside out and all these were reflected in the story shared. The kindness of your heart. The brilliance on your part. And the resilience you possess. Thanks for sharing your truth with us at Express-Shun. The world is dark enough. Continue to shine the light that you are.