Lisa thanked her and left. The words, “Claim your husband in God’s strength!” kept ringing in her ears until she reached home.
When she opened the door, sitting on the sofa was a white middle-aged man who smiled at her. Anne and Charlie welcomed her joyfully and checked her bag whether she bought something for them. She challenged them for allowing a stranger into her house. Before Lisa asked the man about his mission, he stretched his right hand and introduced himself as Sergio. Lisa tried to remember the name but couldn’t place it.
“We met on a dating site last year and exchanged contacts.”
Lisa was ashamed and told her children to go upstairs. She remembered how a colleague pressured her to look for a man on a dating site to keep a company with her through constant communication which may lead to marriage if she wanted. Lisa accepted it when her colleague pur her through the process. She checked through and chose a man who met her criteria
“I have stopped communicating with you for a long time now. What do you want?” Lisa asked.
“I know but going through your profile again ignited a fresh urge in me. I want to marry you.”
Lisa’s anger erupted when she heard “marriage” from a stranger. She realised the mistake of giving him a chance and her house address. She was ready to cut off from every entanglement and start afresh with God.
“I’m sorry. That’s not possible. I’m married and this is my home. Please, let bygones be bygones. I’m sorry.”
“No problem. I see you are happy with your family but I have a request.”
“Can we meet at Osulof cafe near the Mercadona supermarket tomorrow?”
“I said I don’t want to have anything to do with you again! Please, get out of my house!” Lisa shouted.
Sergio was still determined to force her against her will. He brought out his phone to show her some of her nude pictures and threatened to expose her if she refused his request. Her legs froze immediately not knowing what to do. Sergio took the advantage to hold her hand and gently drew her to himself. Lisa was oblivious of how close she was to his chest when Anne pushed him on the sofa and hit him with the throw pillows. Instead of retaliating, he left hurriedly with a warning that Lisa should be prepared to meet her waterloo.
Lisa couldn’t sleep almost though the night as she rolled from one end of the bed to the other. She thought of how and when she sent nude pictures to strangers. When her anxiety was heightened, the Holy Spirit whispered to her to pray. There was no strength or interest to pray but as soon as she asked God for grace, her spirit came alive.
She repented of her short relationship with Sergio and began to pray to God for guidance, wisdom, deliverance and grace to stay focused on Him. In her dream, she saw a man cutting a piece of paper with a beautiful drawing on it. After a while, the man rearranged the pieces of paper and cellotaped it. When she woke up, she thought on what the dream meant. The book of John chapter 1 verses 21 – 23 dropped into her heart. She quickly picked her Bible to read:
“And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
22) Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
23) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
She asked the Holy Spirit to interpret the dream to her. She read and meditated on the verses when she heard the inner voice asking, “Who are you?”
Lisa thought for a while and read the response of John to the priests and Levites sent by the Jews to ask for his identity. They wanted to give him a wrong Identity but he told them his true identity given by God. The inner voice asked again, “Who are you?”
The Lord illuminated her mind and she realised that Sergio had determined to give her a wrong Identity by changing her pictures. Lisa began to praise God for opening her eyes to the truth and she asked the Lord to guide her through. She started confessing who she is in Christ Jesus: “The daughter of the Most High, the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ, the light and salt of the world, a conqueror through Christ Jesus and so on.”
Later in the afternoon, he sent a message to Lisa threatening to expose her.. By God’s grace, she simply told him to go ahead with the photoshopped pictures. Sergio couldn’t believe her response but gave her another chance to reconsider his request. With a tone of last warning, she sent a message to warn him of her decision to inform the police. Sergio didn’t bother to contact her again.
Debby got another phone call from Dorcas after some days to inform her about the gift she sent through her brother who had arrived for the conference. Debby got in contact with him and they planned to meet on the following day. She was full of thanks to Dennis, Dorcas elder brother for the gift of locally-made dress she sent. They talked at length before leaving for her house. Before retiring to bed, her father called her and prayed again, “As you have honoured me, may your path drop fatness and may you be settled in your own home. The heavens are opened over you. It’s your turn to celebrate and we will rejoice with you.”
Debby said “Amen” to his prayers and she knew God has remembered her years of toiling and waiting.
At midnight, God showed her a revelation of a man who held her right hand and led her to a green pasture where there were different gifts. She couldn’t decide which of the gifts was right for her. However, the man led her straight to one of the small gifts. When she had opened it, she found Psalms 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” written on a size 43 pair of shoes.
Debby knew the interpretation when she woke up. She committed her marital life once again into God’s hands to lead her in the right way. After two days, she received a message from Dennis asking her to meet him before his departure. When Debby met him, he asked her about her marital life. Debby wasn’t taken aback because she had already known the mind of God.
“I’m sorry to ask you. I know you may think it is too early to start talking about marital issues when I have barely known you. Dorcas has told me a lot about you and I thank God for your friendship.” Dennis confessed.
Debby sat there listening to his beautiful sermon of love and friendship. She felt peace within her as he talked about his travelling to Madrid for the conference and how God told him about meeting his missing rib.
“Most of my mates are already married and I have been pressured to get married but the Lord restrained me. The day I got my visa, the Lord used one of the servants of God I know told me to prepare to meet my special friend in a beautiful place. He wasn’t aware of my travelling to this country but God confirmed what he had repeatedly revealed to me. One of the funniest things that happened to me was a pair of shoes one of my friends bought for me. In fact, he told me to wear it on my wedding day. It was funny to me but I know God was telling me it’s time to settle down.”
“What’s the size of the shoes?” Debby asked anxiously.
“43… Don’t mind him. He is such a funny guy.”
Debby couldn’t hide her shock but she …
To be continued in Episode 38.