Jane had traveled to the ocean twice a week for the past year since moving back home. Fond, childhood memories washed over her each time she saw the Jersey waves. She could practically navigate the drive blindfolded. Feelings of joy would always bubble over as she headed out to soak up more sun and visit shops along the boardwalk. Today, waves of sadness welled up in black tears that overflowed down her blanched cheeks. Making it difficult to see the yellow dashes, she swerved in and out, fighting to stay in her lane. In the rear view-mirror she spotted a police car with lights and siren screaming at her to pull over.
Oh no, I must look a mess. He'll think I've been drinking.
Reaching for a tissue, Jane dabbed her face, trying to ready herself for the interrogation. Taking a deep breath, she eased up on the pedal. Much to her surprise, the black and white flew around her to chase the real culprit.
Oh....oh my goodness. He wasn't coming for me at all.
With a huge sigh of relief, Jane saw her exit and veered off toward the ramp. Finding a space close to the shops, she put it in park and killed the engine. Firmly planted on the leather upholstery, she leaned forward to peer through the wide glass. After several failed attempts to spot him, she leaned back, closed her eyes and prayed silently.
Lord, You have helped me every step of the way. When I had to cancel wedding plans, You comforted me. When I discovered stolen money and deception, You showed me truth. When the pain of Michael's betrayal was drowning me, You lifted me up. Now, please help me find him today so I can say my final good-bye.
The last time she had seen him, they were sitting in the car trying to work out their problems. She knew he had been dishonest with her on more than one occasion, but still, she'd wanted to give him a chance to come clean. Not that it would've changed anything, but she had to know if he were ever the man she thought he was. That night, she'd shot her questions in rapid fire as he stumbled for answers. In her heart, she believed he was probably lying again.
He rambled on trying to convince her that he was a new person. He began to change, before her eyes, as if she'd put on new glasses. Rubbing her eyes, she'd wondered what she was actually seeing. His voice was muffled, like he'd stepped outside the car and the windows were up. Jane had watched, as the ordinary man she had thought she knew, transformed into something hideous with blackened eyes and a devilish grin. Swallowing hard, she had asked one last question.
"Did you do all this because you don't know how to love, or are you evil?"
The shadowy creature of a man peered back in silence. That day Jane saw, what the Bible calls, a wolf in sheep's clothing. From that revelation, she had gotten her answer.
Shifting her attention back to the boardwalk, she finally spotted him walking past an arcade.
There he is! I see him! Thank You, Lord. Help me now, and give me your peace and strength to follow through.
Throwing the car door open, Jane called out, running all the while toward him.
"Michael, Michael, I want to tell you ...."
He turned to greet her and she saw his true nature for a second time. With no doubt remaining, she said her goodbye and in one swift turn, left him standing there. False dreams of love were swept away and a new resolve to follow the Lord took their place.
Chanting to the rhythm of her flip-flops hitting the boards, Jane hurried to the car. Don't look back! Don't look back! Remember Lot's wife and the pillar of salt. Once on the road, fresh waves of peace guided her safely home to begin the healing process. Friends rallied and God blessed her. She learned to trust the Lord with the future. She never forgot the wolf in sheep's clothing or the pillar of salt.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Matthew 7:15, KJV
But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26, KJV
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