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Topic: Escape (01/02/06)
TITLE: MEREDITH'S DIARY
By Janice S Ramkissoon
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I snapped at the receptionist today – but I was provoked. I walked out of the surgery in the heat of the moment but that’s what I always do – run away from my problems instead of facing them.
Morning - Wrote a letter of apology and brought it to the surgery – but I still feel terrible
Evening – As I walked down the street approaching door number 10, I got the urge to stop and knock. A young lady answered the door and invited me in, introducing herself as Lola. Who would have thought such a beautiful young lady would have reasons to be suicidal. I had already passed through the struggles Lola was facing and today I got the opportunity to share my experience and give practical advice on how she too could overcome. ‘I have not been able to confide in anyone before…’ she said, then she enquired about what makes me so positive and I was happy to share with her the love of Christ. Thankfully I was obedient to that call.
Yesterday I went against the principles of my belief and displeased the Creator - How can it be that today He’s using ME to give words of encouragement?
My husband and I had a blazing row which threatened our marriage. Had it not been for our strong foundation and Christian/moral values we would have been separated now. Today was a turning point in our marriage and I know we’ll both have to work hard for our marriage to survive.
I was washing the dishes, when my husband brought me a magazine (dropped through the door). There was a note on this magazine apologising for the lack of recent delivery and the reason being depression. The note was signed off with a name (Mary) and address (#52) of the same street. I knew I had to see Mary but I didn’t know what I’d say to her. My heart was still aching from the heavy discussion my husband and I had yesterday. Each time I thought about it I wanted to cry. My marriage was under threat and I felt empty inside – what encouragement could I possibly give? I called her to see how she was doing and made arrangements to see her tomorrow.
Despite the pain and hurt I was feeling, I went to see Mary today.
We talked for hours, shared with each other and the future was looking brighter on both sides, within the hour. These last few days have been trying ones for me but had I not gone through them I would not have been equipped to comfort Mary today. I realised that the trials I’m going through are just tests that comes to make me stronger and allow me to testify. My experiences for the last year allowed me to share relevance testimonies with Mary and help her to see that God still works miracles. The practical examples of my past gave her hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I was happy when I saw her smiled again.
[Meredith closed her diary and started a new year’s entry...as she thought to herself…]
“I remember saying ‘use me Lord, I’m available to you’ yet situations arose and like a stubborn child I would refuse to go. ‘I’m not worthy… I have problems of my own [I wanted them sorted before being used]… I’m sure someone else will come along to help.
As I grow in the faith it’s becoming easier to recognise ‘the call’ and be more obedient; knowing that each day is a new day with a new call. I shall embrace my storms knowing that with each trial I overcome it contributes to my growth and help me face the unpredictable ones of tomorrow.
My desire is to know you personally and I’ve come to realise that as I continue to walk in your favour, the devil will try to reclaim me and so I know and accept that the storms will come. I now pray for strength to face each day instead of trying to escape”.
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