It was a beautiful bright morning. Priya entered the church. Her heart slightly ached spiritually. Looking at everyone seated as a family she sighed. Priya lived in her father’s house on account of a difference of opinion with her husband Rajan. She questioned herself, “Am I like the fig tree which Jesus looked and found no fruit” (Matthew 21:19). “No! No! Never!” saying thus to herself forcefully she drove away those unwanted thoughts. Yes her mind refused to admit this fact because she disliked being a hypocrite. She settled down to listen to the sermon and heard the pastor pronouncing frequently the word ‘Covenant.’
The amplifier outside was faulty and therefore the pastor’s voice was not audible. Those who sat outside could only hear the hints of the message. Nowadays everyone want a fair complexioned bride isn’t it?” questioned a lady. Priya looked at her. “You know my daughter Sudha isn’t it? asked another lady. Priya became their mediator. The first lady concurred. “My daughter Sudha, is very dark, but have you seen my son-in-law?” “Truly he has a coloured complexion” dragged the first woman unwillingly. Priya smiled. “You see, nothing is impossible for our Creator” the second lady was delivering her fiery, firm and faith-filled practical message. Ultimately, quoting 1 Timothy 6:7 their conversation came to an abrupt end.
Meanwhile, the amplified had been rectified. Priya turned her attention back to the Pastor’s message, which was about to end. “Have you broken any covenant in your life? Ask you heart to speak and listen. Cheer up! Just submit your life into the hands of the Potter. He will lift you up from the place where you fell, overturn all your failures, strengthen you and enable you to march ahead” saying this in a sharp tone, their pastor prayed. These words pricked Priya.
Priya returned home. The word ‘covenant’ haunted her. She remembered her precious marriage covenant pledged in the presence of God and men. Gripped with fear, Priya pondered thus: “Am I a covenant breaker? What will happen to my marriage covenant?” Suddenly she realized the presence of a precious person to whom she had not poured out her heart. Yes! Everything had been perfected in His presence. Priya ran back to Him. Bolting the door, she wept bitterly saying, “Hear my cry O Lord! Hasten to help me” and asked for forgiveness. “But when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6)” She heard a voice, “My daughter! Reconcile today. You have long been in the darkness.” Priya countered the voice, “Lord! How can I make up? Carnally I am weak. Nevertheless, I am submitting everything into Thy loving hands. I beg you to be my strength and shield.”
Picking up the telephone, Priya dialed the number. Her heart began pumping faster. She heard “Rajan speaking, Good morning!’ For a fraction of a second, she hesitated. Then forcing courage into her spirit in the name of Jesus Christ she stuttered, “I…I..just called to say…I am sorry. This is Priya.” (Her voice is trembling and in low tone). She heard Rajan slamming the poor instrument. Priya was upset. “Have I done something wrong again? No! No! Dear Jesus, please give me the courage to change the things that I can change and to accept the things that I cannot change and to know the difference between them.” Saying thus, Priya tried to remain calm.
The next day everyone had gone to the wedding party of a church member. Although seated before the television set, loneliness killed Priya. Something was moving in the screen and something else was moving in her mind. Suddenly she heard the bell. “Who could be there at this hour? in speculation and in curiosity she pulled open the door with all her strength and tripped to see her husband standing outside. Offering help, he smiled. Words refused to come out of Priya’s mouth. Holding her he uttered, “Thanks for calling dear Priya! I too was just waiting to say I am sorry, but my courage failed me. I was angry with myself. As you have always desired, yesterday I went to church. The message was about ‘Covenant’…..” he continued speaking.
Priya’s heart danced and started to sing songs of praises of her heavenly Father. She needed another boat to carry her blessings (Luke 5:1-10). She never expected an instantaneous response for her secret broken hearted prayer. She remembered the lady who said, “Nothing is impossible for God.” She felt her precious broken covenant, which looked beyond repair, beautifully cemented by God’s grace and shed tears of joy.
Don’t you think that a step down can often enable us to fly high? Jesus embraced Priya and Rajan in His arms. The Bible says “And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Remember the covenant made in the wedlock could be always honoured only with the help of the Bedrock (Jesus Christ). Dear Sisters! Do you want to build a heaven down here? Run to Christ, cling to Him, wisely build your life and keep your marriage covenant till death departs you.
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