Lisa’s rude reply left her dumbfounded.
“It’s easier said than done. When you forgive your father, then you can come and preach forgiveness to me.” Lisa threw another missile of words at her.
Debby was still in that state when Charlie rushed in with his mother’s phone. Before she could collect it, it had stopped. She checked the caller and found it was Nicholas. She didn’t bother to call back but faced her friend who was a bit sad.
“Is everything alright?”
Debby didn’t say anything but gave a broad smile that betrayed her countenance. Just before she asked another question, Nicholas called again. She picked it to listen to his love episode chapter two. He had earlier called two days before but Lisa promised to give an answer later.
“I’m a married woman and as such, I can’t marry two husbands.”
Debby raised her eyebrows to pay more attention to the new development in her friend’s life.
“But you promised to give an answer today. In addition, your dear parents told me you are a single mother and I’m ready to marry you. I mean every word I say. Please, will you marry me?” Nicholas asked lovingly.
Lisa pressed the speaker button to allow her friend to listen to their conversation,
“I’m married to a loving husband who is coming back on a white horse to take me to our honeymoon apartment and shower rose flowers on me with sweet fragrance of love and attention. There’s no vacancy for any other man in my heart. I love him. I’m ready to sacrifice everything to ensure the security of my family….”
“Lisa, I’m ready to take you on Eagle’s wing of affection and respect that won’t cause any heartbreak or to abandon you like some men who don’t care for their families. I’m Nicholas, a special breed of God who is created to satisfy and be there for you both in sunshine and in rain. Lisa, I love you! Please, accept my proposal.”
Lisa looked at Debby who was already lost in their love banters,
“He might have made the biggest mistake of his life but I’m ready to accept him back into my life just the way God saved me and made me His precious daughter. I didn’t merit His love but His grace is sufficient for me. I love him and there’s no chance for any man. I have made my decision known to you, Mr Nicholas.”
He thanked her and promised to call again. Lisa just hung up without responding to his promise. Debby asked her if she was sure of what she told him.
“I don’t care. How will my parents force a man on me? Am I a kid? Can you imagine my parents weren’t pleased with Anne’s return? Why?”
“Am I allowed to contribute?” Debby asked.
“If it makes sense. Be realistic and sincere.”
Debby then replied, “God deliberately put needs in every human being in order to make us dependent on him. If he answers all our prayer requests, we might die before our time or fail to acknowledge him. This is the reason Bible says in John chapter 16 verse 24, ‘Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.’
Because a person is deficient in one area doesn’t make him or her unsuitable to offer wise counsels. It is God’s will to fulfil our desires and make our joy to be full in all areas.”
“Thank you for the sermon. Answer my questions.”
“Were you sincere with what you said about your husband?”
Lisa looked into her eyes before she responded,
“I hate him. He abandoned me without looking back. Why?”
“Ok. Your parents want the best for you but you can explain your reasons respectfully and lovingly.”
“Just the way you did to your father?” Lisa snapped back.
Debby rarely showed her anger but stopped the conversation abruptly. Lisa rose up to arrange the duvet and place the pillows correctly.
Lisa began to talk to her indirectly while arranging the room,
“I believe Pastor Helen would give me better counsel. She is more matured, enlightened, anointed and sincere. She is experienced in the matters of life unlike someone who always speaks theoretically and quoting Bible like a preacher…”
Debby rose up and picked her bag from the table. She turned to her to bid her goodbye without waiting for her to respond. She couldn’t wait to greet Anne who was waiting to hug and thank her for her support. Anne perceived something was wrong and ran upstairs to meet her mother who sat on the chair staring at her laptop. Anne questioned her but she told her to mind her business.
When Debby got home, she burst into tears lamenting her situation and the manner her friend treated her. She remembered how she had bottled up many insults from her but still stood with her. She remembered how she stood with her in the hospital when she fainted after stressing herself beyond the limits. After ruminating on all her support and genuine love for her, she decided to stay away to avoid incurring insults upon insults. As she lay on the bed that night, she couldn’t sleep as the Spirit of God kept nudging her to read Isaiah 53 verse 7. When she couldn’t resist it anymore, she jumped out of the bed to read it.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
She read it three times and began to meditate on it until the Spirit of God started ministering to her.
“Jesus’ love for the sinners prevented him from retaliating when he was oppressed and mocked. He chose to accept it in order to please His father and to fulfil his mission on earth. You are my daughter, be like Jesus and let your love prevail. Your mission is to save souls and establish them in the truth. My grace is sufficient for you…” The gentle voice of the Spirit of God expounded the verse to her.
Debby started praying to God to heal her wounded heart. She was still praying when the Holy Spirit whispered to her to read Mark 11 verses 25 and 26
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26) But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
When Debby finished reading the Bible verses, her heart smote her.
“Lord, I have forgiven Lisa.” She whispered in prayer.
Like a final verdict in a law court, the Voice of the Lord came to her suddenly,
“My daughter, your sins will not be forgiven!”
“Lord why?” Debby asked penitently.
“You haven’t forgiven your father! You haven’t forgiven your father!!” The Holy Spirit repeated it twice.
Debby was confused as she struggled with the Holy Spirit. The more she tried to pray, the more the Holy Spirit prompted her to forgive him. The struggle continued until…
To be continued in Episode 33.