Stephen Robb became known as The Bird, because his business network had expanded so far from his Nigerian base in Lagos that he was constantly flying from one country to another. He even owned houses in six of these countries.
One day, he was with Philip, his personal assistant, preparing to visit Port-Harcourt from Lagos, the country's commercial nerve center, to finalise a Federal Government contract.
He called to him, "Philip!"
"Yes sir" the young man answered.
"We will go to Port-Harcourt tomorrow morning to board the eight o'clock flight. The Board members have some things to clear from every contractor who have submitted quotations."
"Okay sir!" Philip answered.
"Get everything ready for the journey. Do not forget the key to my house in that city because we will stay there for a few days to sort other things out." Stephen said.
"Yes sir! I have the key to the main entrance with me. I will only put it in my briefcase to take it along." Philip replied.
As planned, the following morning, they were taken to the Airport by Donnard, Stephen's driver.
With fifteen minutes until boarding, he was in the waiting room. Stephen inquired, "Philip, I hope you have the key as I have reminded you repeatedly!" he said.
Philip confidently opened the briefcase, beaming with a reassuring smile to confirm to his boss that it was readily available.
But suddenly, his face fell. The key was missing!
"The flight will take off in the next fifteen minutes, what can I do?" he thought, holding his head in his hands in regrets, sitting down.
"What is wrong?" Stephen asked.
"The small bag containing the key and a few essential items are still on my bed. I forgot to put it in the briefcase when rearranging its contents." he replied sadly.
"What! How can you be so careless and forgetful? How many times did I remind you, yet you still did not take it along with you. What do we do now for it will take at least an hour to get it and get back here?" he said angrily.
They resigned to fate and went back home planning to travel the following day, because a thick fog suddenly canceled all other flights for the day.
That evening, the lead story of the seven o'clock news captured Stephen's attention which read,
"The first and only plane that flew from Lagos to Port-Harcourt today has crashed, and there are no survivors...."
"Philip! Philip!! Philip!!! Come and hear this!" he exclaimed, impatiently to listen to the rest of the news.
"Here I am sir! What's the matter sir?" Philip inquired as he rushed towards the room into the warm embrace of his boss!
"Unbelievable! This is unbelievable!! It is unbelievable!!!" Stephen said repeatedly.
He grabbed Philip's shoulders, "Continue to be careless for to save lives. The Lord has used the key that you forgot to save our lives."
Philip was spellbound to hear the newsman continued the story. But he gathered his thoughts, "So, the plane we were supposed to catch has crashed because of bad weather?" he asked blankly.
After some minutes, he paused, breathed deeply and said, "Thank you Jesus for saving our lives."
The following morning, they received word intimating them that the board meeting had been postponed for a month because of what was tagged, "unforseen circumstances".
Stephen hurriedly organised an expensive thanksgiving party for the following Sunday.
Everyone praised and worshipped the Lord on hearing their testimony. It was a special day.
Everybody present ate, drank, danced and made merry.
In Stephen's testimony, he shared, " I thank God Who had saved my life and that of Philip by a forgotten key. I now give him the authority to continue to be careless to save lives.
I remember and understand better the Biblical promise in Romans 8:28, '...all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.'
Quoted scriptures are from New King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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