City preacher and motivational speaker Robert Burale has recounted an incident that, according to him, taught him a lesson on forgiveness and love.
The stylish preacher narrated how his younger brother was hit by an ambulance and the driver did not stop to help him.
“While in a meeting, I receive many calls and think to myself ‘I will call back’ ...but one call from my cousin Lucas Meso stood out and I answered, Lucas told me ‘Bob your brother has been hit by an ambulance and it didn’t stop but he has been taken to hospital. Rush there now’...” he narrated.
Anger and resentment
Burale recalled how he was filled with anger and resentment towards the driver who had left his brother ‘to die like a dog.’ When his mother called him to inform him that the perpetrator was in police custody, Burale says he rushed over to Kilimani Police station, boiling with rage.
“Fast forward (next day) the driver that hit him gives himself up to the police and I receive a call from my mum (who had arrived from Bukhalalire on the material day).
“All of a sudden anger gripped me and I drove to Kilimani with my cousins Jerome Odada, Dan Jets, Isaac Chibole and when I set my eyes on the gentleman I was pissed. I told my mum to get out of that place as it was a man-to-man issue.”
However, according to Burale, God spoke to him at that particular moment and he let go of his anger and forgave the driver.
“The first question I posed to him was ‘you mean you left my brother wounded and bleeding on the road...did you want him to die like a dog?’ And of course I was not using a preachers tone or voice (zile za it is well)…his was big bro taking care of small bro...A lot went through my mind.
“Then the Holy Spirit clearly said to me ‘calm down’....and as I got to listen to the driver, compassion took over ‘I am sorry about your brother...I was rushing an 8-day-old baby to hospital.’ I immediately felt sorry for him and prayed with him and told him I am sorry.
“The man was clearly in a catch 22 situation...We then talked and fellowshipped together as we brainstormed on how to raise his bail,” he said.