So, I Listened!
‘You must have one banana, everyday.’
Bananas! Bananas!! Bananas!!!
One Monday morning in 2003, I woke up to a soft voice saying, ‘You must have one banana, everyday.’ It was unsurprising because I been feeling very tired exhausted and run down. As a single parent I worked here and there. I answered, saying, 'I would get some on Wednesday when I went to teach in Harlesden.'
However, so much for the advice, on Monday and Tuesday, I did not have any bananas at all. On Wednesday, after teaching, I went to the green grocers close by as I had planned, but found it shut. Instead of crossing the road to the other grocery shop, I went back to my car and drove to my next place of work.
That evening, I went to the nursery where I worked for an hour until six o'clock. There were eight of us workers there, but as I walked into the nursery one of the workers stopped me in my tracks and handed me three bananas saying, ‘I cannot go all the way to Brixton with these bananas so you can have them.' I questioned, 'Why did you have to give them to me? You could have given them to any of the other girls who had worked all day with you in the nursery.' To which she replied, 'You have got children.' I replied that I had seven children living with me and was not sure of how I was to divide three bananas between them? She did not reply but insisted that I take the bananas.
Anyway, I knew why she had chosen to give me the bananas instead of the other workers. The fact that there were three suggested that I needed one for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as directed by the Holy Spirit earlier in the week. Since I had not taken the trouble to find them, they had been found for me. I think she too was being guided by the Holy Spirit but did not know why she had kept those bananas till late in the evening to give them to me.
Later, I had this internal conversation with the Holy Spirit about how I could not really have one banana a day as directed. I argued that I had many children in the house and this was a luxury. A bunch of bananas would be short lived. Anyone with three teenage boys in a house would tell you that they can eat you out of pocket. It was like having caterpillas or locusts in the garden. Their appetite is huge. You only needed to place the food on the work surface or dining table and in a twinkle of an eye it was gone down their digestive canals. The Holy Spirit replied, saying I should buy one bunch for the house and put another bunch for the car. That way if I was in the car or at home I could eat my one a day. I was gobsmacked at this response. By Friday I was on the third banana given to me in the nursery.
That Friday, I decided to get a snack for my meditation group. I had been attending this group for some years now and had never brought anything for the refreshments we had after wards. The couple that ran the group always supplied us with tea, biscuits and cakes, for years. I felt it was time, I contributed something.
I did not know my way around Greenford, but I stopped outside one of three shops along the way. I took my pick. I pushed the door of one of the shops with much difficulty. As I looked behind the shop door to see what was preventing me from opening it wider there were three boxes of bananas piled up. What were the chances of that?. A chance stop at a take-your-pick- of three shops.
I bought three bunches of bananas that evening. One was for the group, one for my house and one for my car. I was not going to be taught the same lesson twice. After all, it was for my own good and my health. Needlesstosay, I had a banana every day for the next six months after the experience and felt better for it.
(An excerpt from Sighted But Blind by Marie Jean-Marie )