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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
By Zuanne Joubert
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My heart breaks when I remember the past. Many, many nights, when my husband was out, I worked until late. There was nothing to go home for. Overcome with distress, my time at home was spent on my knees, in the darkness, while waiting for him to return from some God forsaken club. In tears, I prayed for his salvation, for Gods mercy and forgiveness, for the Power of the Holy Spirit, to take over his life, let him become what God intended him to be: A Prophet, the Priest of our home, the model father, the preacher, the teacher of God’s word.
The hours we happen to spend at home, at the same time, was minimal. We slept in separate bedrooms. Worn out with grief, every night my pillow was soaked from weeping. His cell phone gave me stomach ache, the dreaded cricket ring tone of his sms messages woke me in the middle of the night, filled me with anxiety. When I heard him quietly talking on his mobile phone, every part of my body tensed. When the humming of his voice was gone, the sudden silence was killed by the hammering of my heart beat thundering in my ears, my mouth as dry as dust. Waves of sorrow rolled over me, in the depths of despair, I’d be still, immobilized by fear and hurt, awake hour after hour. “O Lord, you know what I long for; you hear all my groans. My heart is pounding, my strength is gone, and my eyes have lost their brightness” Psalm 9&10
As soon as the light snatched away the darkness, sleep came. I dreamed of something better, visions of computers, up-to-date technology, shelves of computer consumables, crafts and pretty things, filling the empty spaces at the business. Children of all ages queuing to play games. People came to the shop, happy to just be there, there was a lot of fun and laughter. A wonderful, wonderful dream.
In the space of only a few months so many things happened, almost like a whirlwind, fast, dizzying, yet there was no destruction. For three consecutive months profits soared, with very little effort. A man walked into my business and offered me a bank bag full of cash for my business - and I am not lying!
We bought a business for a ridiculously low price in an up-market Village Centre. Children play on a row of sophisticated PC’s, black and beautiful, they enjoy hours of LAN parties, 100’s of Games, including 2 Play stations, keep the little ones and teenagers happy. We assist teens and parents with Internet info for School projects and teach basic Computer classes to all ages. Everything I dreamed about, everything I wanted, just so much more! God, the source of all blessings, picked us up and placed us in the centre of exclusive Restaurants, Exotic Shops, heavenly sanctuaries for Beauty therapies, and a Performing Arts Theatre. A Kingdom of Gemstones & Crystals, Shops with Fairies & Crafts, all surround a pretty pond with real ducks and little ducklings - a magical world.
“We” and “Us” means, yes, my husband and I. Things happened so fast that I can’t say when it happened. It just did, he changed his ways over night. Just like in Psalm 30, He cried to the Lord for help, confessing his sins, and he was healed, kept from the grave, he was on his way to the depths below, but God restored his life. Psalm 89 captured the song in my heart: “O Lord, I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness for ever.” (Psalm 21:5)
We had to learn so many things, forgiveness and how to share and spend time together, we make time to read the Bible and pray together, we had to learn to walk with God, and we are still learning -together.
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