She took a deep breath, not the kind of one someone does when feeling relieved. It held so much frustration, irritation to have to be waiting for so long. She looked at the clock, it was 2 A.M and she was yet to start studying for her examination the next day. She had recently started to avoid staying up late because anytime alone would bring all those thoughts that she had been trying to avoid. She didn’t want to think of them. She didn’t want to think about the person who was driving her insane. She didn’t want to think of the dream that was taking so long to become a reality.

It had been a lot of months since reality hit her like light striking the sky. Prayers don’t happen in a fortnight. They require time and patience. They test your faith before taking place. She had been praying for a year with the hope that in a year things will be what she want them to be like. She thought a year was long enough for her life to take a turn but now she had realized that a year is nothing. It passes like a train passing on its track, swift and unstoppable. What was she supposed to do now? How many more years to go before she gets what she has been eagerly waiting for? The future has always been a mystery, one that can never be solved beforehand.

She took another deep breath and flipped through the pages of her notebook. For some reason she had no fear of performing badly in her exam the next day. If I could just stop thinking! She thought to herself. She had always been so positive about everything but in the recent months she had turned hopeless. She was still praying the same prayers but all her heart felt was emptiness. Knowing that she couldn’t make any more progress for the night she got into her warm blanket and shut her eyes. Maybe some sleep will help her freshen up her mind.

Fajr came too soon and she was woken up by her alarm. She was feeling better but she knew that the feeling won’t last much long. She sat straight on her bed and checked for Facebook notifications. Her cell phone showed Friday as the day. She smiled because she knew that Fridays are considered to be blissful when prayers are truly accepted. It was another opportunity for her prayers to be fulfilled. The thought made her instantly jump out of bed.

While prostrating before her Lord, she prayed again. She prayed the same prayers again but with an addition. She asked to have strength and patience so that she could wait for her prayers to take place. She knew everything will happen at its appropriate time hence she needs to remain patient and strong enough to stay steadfast in her faith. As she sat on her bed to think about her day she remembered her examination.

“Oh no! I am yet to study for my exam,” she looked at her clock, it was five past thirty. “Six more hours, I can manage it!”

A smile came across her face. Hope was finally restored. Some prayers take immediate effect.

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