by Keith Henry III
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“You know,” Patrick put his arm around his sobbing friend “God is sending you in another direction; He is leading you down another path.”
David lifted his head and wiped the tears from his face as he stared at his friend through his swollen, tear filled eyes. He could feel his anger churning in the pit of his stomach. “I know” he began, “that you are trying to comfort me and all, but you do not know what you are saying; I really despise that line!”
David’s wife of twenty three years had just left him. His heart hurt immensely; his whole world seemed to be crashing down around him. He had been crying for the better part of three days; bags had developed under his eyes from the continuous crying and the lack of sleep. The intense pangs pulled at his stomach walls begging for the food, but David just did not have the energy or desire to quiet his growling stomach. Now, like vultures circling a dying beast, friends, family, co-workers, it seemed like everybody and their brother wanted to throw in their two cents. “Move on”, “Go find yourself someone who will love you”, “You should just go have sex with someone, she did”, and “God is sending you in another direction.” At two cents a pop he figured that he would be a millionaire within the week, but he did not want the money or the advice; he just wanted his wife back.
“Patrick” he began as he sucked in a deep, calming breath, “God only works in one direction; forward, down the straight and narrow path and on to His glory. Why would He send me in some other direction?” David took his Christian friend by the hand and stared deeply into his eyes. “Think about it for a minute. You know the Bible, you know God; when has He ever gone in any other direction than forward right on down the straight and narrow path?”
Patrick glared back at David while he pondered the question. Quickly his mind scanned the Bible stories he had memorized through his years of being a Christian; though he wanted to, Patrick could not think of any instance when God did not go forward. “I don’t know” he muttered.
“So why would He want me to go in any other direction? It has been God who has allowed all the trials and tests over twenty three years of marriage so that He could create and build my love for Him and for her to where they are right now; God led us to this point. Why would He throw away all that work to have me go down another road? What way do you think He wants me to go?” David placed his hand on his friends shoulder and began to cry again. “I have to continue forward down the straight and narrow because that is the only direction God knows; forward to glory.”
Patrick grabbed hold of David’s shoulders and shook him. “What direction? She is gone; there is nothing to hold on to, she is gone!” he stopped shaking David, “God has given you an opportunity to be happy” Patrick stood up and lifted his friend from the floor, “He certainly doesn’t want you doing this for the rest of your life; she left you for another man dummy! You deserve better.”
“You are right I do deserve better and I will get it one day because I have stayed faithful to Him and true to my wife.” David twisted free from Patrick’s grasp and stepped backward. “You don’t get it, nobody understands. God is watching to see how I respond to this attack by the enemy.” David’s frustration had reached its boiling point. “Jesus said in Matthew 7: “Enter through the narrow gate. For the wide gate and broad road is the road to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” I am going to be one of the few because I walk forward down the straight and narrow and it starts with honoring God’s word and my wife. God will repay my faith and obedience one day with my wife; maybe not here on this earth, but hopefully I pray I will be able to spend eternity with her as my reward for going forward and staying on the straight and narrow path.”
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