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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

By Zuanne Joubert


I saw it, but I did not see. Can’t explain. Realization dawned long after the sun set. A sudden wave of pure knowing. God, how could it be that I was so blind? For most of the year I paddled to keep my head above water after buying the Stationery Shop. Creatively incorporating my dormant design business, and 4 cheap computers for public internet access helped a little to bring traffic to the business, but it stayed a struggle. Towards the end of the year my marriage was in the last throws of impairment, divorce was evident.

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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Maryolyn Payne07/28/06
This is a very real story of how the Lord can turn things around. Congratulations on getting your prayers answered for your husband.Reading the Bible and praying together makes all the difference in the world. Perseverance pays off as well as answered prayer.
Marilee Alvey07/30/06
I loved your story of redemption and of how God replaces what the locusts had eaten. I want to warn you that you should spell out numbers in your piece...and you have several. However, for me, the ending couldn't have been better. This happened to my neice as well and it's all about timing. I give you and my neice great credit for the waiting that you had to do. God bless you in your life together and in your writing as well. God's inspired you in your own life's story!
Valerie Routhieaux07/30/06
I am very happy for you. When we are faithful to God, He always comes through. Your account touched me as I spent a lot of time on my knees before God for my husband, before that great and awful day when the end finally came. Keep sharing and writing