Week Four: Crafting a scene
Growing up and living in the world as we know it can be confusing most times especially when there are so many questions: and so little relevant answers. As a seeker of “Truth,” I am committed to staying on the side of the infallible Word where answers to questions are reliable and relevant.
And my passion is to point men and women to the infallible Word, not only that they may be inspired thereby, but, also, trust it (the infallible Word) as a reliable source of help and to draw strength from it always for their physical, mental, social, spiritual and eternal well-being; and to share this love with all others as well.
The weather was fine during the night season, in the village where I spent a night. But as it began to dawn, the atmosphere changed and became hazy and still. No wind was blowing particularly. And had it not been for the characteristic barking of dogs and the crowing of cocks at that early hour in the morning, and the periodic sound of heavy rain drops upon the roof of the house top, just before the heavy showers came pouring down at about 5:15 AM: there would have been absolute silence till daybreak, — when the community would have come fully alive with their various daily activities. The rain had abated but 7:00 AM, but thee hazy atmosphere continued until about 7: 30 AM: before it was overtaken progressively by the brilliant sunshine which appeared in the friendly grey sky. Subsequently, a strong wind started to blow across the land and the trees which seemed to have been asleep came alive in the process too.
I decided to take a brisk walk about 8:00 AM, and to buy some crackers at a Grocery Store two corners away from where I was staying. After my walk, I went into the Store and purchased my stuff, and on my way out through the gate I was apprehended by a woman in her late 30’s, whom I never met before, and who for somehow wanted to have a word with me. And since the store had provided outdoor facilities for their customers, I suggested to Nell, that if that place was convenient for her then we could probably sit right there and talk. She thought that was a fine gesture rather than standing.
Nell was a medium built Guyanese woman with round features, black hair and a charming personality. She was about 165 centimeters in height, and a conversationalist at that. Besides she had an opened mind.
Before the conversation had commenced we ordered juice and two small bottles of water to take us through the journey. So we took a few sips of carrot Juice and she began to talk, but not before I had offered a word of prayer. The conversation went according to the following below:
Nell: “Wil, we have never met before, so we are complete strangers. But I am carrying burdens for a long, long time, and if I do not talk with someone they would send me crazy. By experience I have learned not to trust people because when you tell them your story in confidence, even those who you thought were your friends, they make mock of you afterwards, and even make it their business to gossip about you with others. I am sharing this with you maybe because you are a stranger to me.
Growing up as a child in the sub-urban area in South, my parents were not wealthy, but they were not poor either. There was always food in the home. And more than enough because we planted our kitchen garden with a variety of greens and ground provision. We had a variety of fruit trees planted around our yard and we also had live stocks. So we had enough to eat and to sell, and we did share some of our blessings with friends and our neighbors.
I grew up in a loving home, and being the eldest sibling of nine, this is, four brothers and four other sisters, I had the privilege of helping my parents with my younger brothers and sisters in the home. I love my family and it was fun growing up as a child unto and adult stage with loving caring parents. My best day was Sunday when my parents would take us to Church. O, how I missed Sunday School and my Sunday School Teachers. They along with my parents and my class teacher, Mrs. Willis thought me about the love of God and showed me love also. And I still love God; but I have moved away from the righteous path when I was twenty one years old. And since then life was not so kind to me.
Looking for love, I have been deceived, battered and abused by those, my friends, I thought had loved me. At times I just felt like taking my life when it becomes tougher and the pressure is really on. But something in me tells me no. I really want to live, not the way I am living now… I need a change. I have most things that I thought would make me happy, but there is still this vacuum in me that has to be filled with something extraordinary that would relieve me of my pain, liberate me from this bondage and bring some measure of hope and satisfaction to my life. If there is any good advice or thing you can say to me that can help me in any way, I would be grateful.
Wil: “I am happy that we have met. I believe that it is not by design, but by divine appointment. I am a stranger in this area, and within hours I will have gone from here. And I now can see God’s plan and purpose why I was prompted to come to this store.
I have listened attentively to your story. I went through the journey with you, and I felt your pain and I understand how you feel. Cheer up now, for all is not lost. There is still hope, you know. And there is still a sure Way that guarantees your liberation or deliverance, as well as healing for the wounds and scars you have been carrying all along. Believe you me, all answers to your problems are found in the infallible Word of God. There is a silent listener who is present at this table by His Spirit, and He while in the flesh, “was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” [Isaiah 53: 5] Nell, His name is Jesus Christ.
And I reached for my little New Testament which I carry in my pocket. And I said to her:
Wil: “Do you have confidence in the Word of God?
Nell: “Yes, I am sure, I do.”
Wil: Ok. “Let’s see what it says here to you.”
I looked at her in the eye and said to her:
Wil: Even though the World of vanity, and pride and the words of men and women may deceive us, yet, we have the infallible Word to guide us along our sojourn here on earth, and, if adhere to, would break the generation curses upon our lives, set us free and justified before God, heal our wound and broken hearts and minds, in Jesus’ name. Is this what you want, and what you are longing for?
Nell: “Yes, I am feeling different as you speak. I want to be free, and enjoy a happiness that lasts!”
Wil: “The infallible Word which is Truth will set you free, today. Have faith in God.” Pointing her to the scriptures from John 10: 9 we read together:
I am the Door: by me if any man enters in, will find pasture.
The thief cometh not but for to steal, to kill, and to destroy: I am come that ye may have life and that ye may have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep.” [John 10: 7-11] Spirit realm long before the
Looking at her straight in the eyes I said to her:
Wil: Nell, you do not have to think about taking your own life any more. Instead, give that old lifestyle over to Jesus Christ, who loves you… and He will live your life for Himself if you ask Him to do so. And you must value your New Life, which you will receive the moment you sincerely invite Christ into your heart. From the scriptures we read together you need to know:
- That you did not and cannot give yourself live. [John 10:10]
- That life is a gift from God. And God wants to save us through His Son Jesus the Christ, who give His life as a ransom for us. Our life is priceless, and all must cherish his/her life and be thankful to the living God and our heavenly Father, each day that we live. [John 10: 9 ]
- That your life and mine was bought and paid for long before the foundation of the world. [John 10:11], and
- That Jesus Christ the Son of the living God gave His life for you, and for me, that we might live. Thus instead of thinking to take your own life: gave it to Jesus Christ, and by faith ask Him to come into your heart and save you, and live your live for Himself. [John 10: 9-11; John 3:16]
Wil: Nell, do you believe from the heart what God is saying to you through His infallible Word?
Nell: Yes, I could remember that I read that same passage of scripture at Church and at Sunday School several times, and I understood fully what my teachers taught me then, thanks to them. But now that I am an adult, I having a deeper understanding how to apply the Word to my life and current condition.
Wil: I am happy for you. Now that we went through this portion of the infallible Word, what really do you want God to do for you?
Nell: I want Almighty God to save me and to deliver me from sin and all my burdens.
Wil: Are you honestly prepared in your heart to lay your burdens down at the feet of Christ Jesus, surrender your all to Christ and to follow His teachings.
Nell: Yes, I want to live for Christ. He is the one who gave His life for me.
Wil: You may talk to God our heavenly Father the same way you talk with me, and tell Him that you are sorry for: the wrong things you know you have done in His sight, to Him, to people you might have hurt, and if you have forgiven them tell Him. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, and to wash them all away with the precious blood of JESUS. Invite Christ into your heart and life afresh, and allow Him to live your life for Himself. Follow these guide lines and God will truly bless you and answer your prayers.
The meeting was a success. Nell, called upon God the Father. Repented, and received Christ into her heart and life, by faith. She claimed her freedom, healing and miracle of salvation, by faith in Jesus’ name. Her countenance had change from dull to shiny, and the joy of Christ Jesus within was visible.
I prayed on her behalf, rejoiced with her, and encouraged her to keep the faith.
A word of encouragement
Whatever negative habit/s someone may be addicted to: be it drugs, an unforgiving spirit, evil desires, hatred, lusts, greed, grudge, vanity, poverty and/or crime and corruption, just to name a few, if he/she believe that the infallible Word, and apply it by faith for their condition, their deliverance, miracle and healing and total well-being is sure, in Jesus’ name. Come to Christ, by faith today!