GOD AND THE SPIDER

He was consumed by fear as his legs carried him into a deserted cave.

He could hear their footsteps, no he could feel every step.They were so close,  and all he prayed for was a miracle.

With his mouth and body trembling with fear, the Christian soldier cried silently to God through prayer. He didn’t want to die.

In his heart, he desired for a mountain lion to guard the front of the cave. To chase them away so he can escape from this foreign land to his country.

Three minutes of expectancy was like three decades. There was no sign of even a lion cub or a sickly lion, all he saw was a spider skilfully weaving it web.

The spider couldn’t be ignored as it was weaving around the front of the cave.
He could bet his racing heart like the sound of a galloping horse led the soldiers around the cave.

As he moved further to the dark of the cave, he questioned God. He was so disappointed in God. He was so mad at God.

‘Wait…’, he heard one say, ‘that’s way too many spider webs’.

‘The entrance shows no one has been here’, said another.

‘Let’s just turn back’, they all agreed.

With a heavy heart and uncontrolled tears, he was so sorry for demanding how he wanted his prayer to be answered.

Several times, we have questioned God and we still do. Is it right to do so in our times of desperation?

Tony Amofa (a friend) advised “all we have to do as Christians is to pray, *how* God wants to answer is not our business”.

Kwabena Nkansah Asante (another friend) encourages us to desire God’s will above anything as we pray and wait.

God used a spider to save that day. He works and saves in numerous ways. Trust Him.

Cc: Christ YPG Bible Studies  (CYBS)
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FROM THE INSIDE

FROM THE INSIDE

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Mark Twain wrote, “What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself. All day long, the mill of his brain is grinding, and his thoughts, not those other things, are his history.” (Reader’s Digest [1/93], p. 155).

FROM THE INSIDE

Like all humans, I have rational and irrational fears.

Quite frankly, I had a lot.

Growing up, I formed clear images of things or people that I believed were the hazards of life.

Haphazardly, I had filled my head with things that I thought were the sole causes of my fears. They were the ‘forever four wrestlers of humans’; the devil, life, the flesh, and sin.

I blamed these four, because I thought they were the greatest powers that humans had to battle. I called them the dangerous old foes of humans.

To me, the devil was an assailant with an over qualification in temptation. And an encounter with him was surely going to force me to go against my maker.

Again, I saw life as a mystery-poise of beauty and unkind. I felt life decided how it wanted to treat each one of us, and I hated the unkind bit of it because it could leave me very bitter.

Then the flesh, the constant demander who required humans’ submit to its whims. Keeping it away daily from the pleasures it craved for was so difficult.

Last but not least was sin, the active and influential nature of humans. No matter how much I tried not to obey it, I ended up obeying them anyways.

These were the four outside adversaries I had alternately feared because, I had seen their well-proven powers of distractions and destructions.

But then, going through the four names I thought were the causes of all my fears and problems, I figured out that, ‘the real perils of life never come from the outside, they come from the inside‘.

I realized that, these four were just wrestlers in the human cycle. Wrestlers that were possibly dangerous but had no power over humans.

I had come to understand that the source of danger was within. It wasn’t the devil or life or the flesh or sin, it was the soul.

The soul they say is the actuating cause of an individual’s life; it chooses to trigger every happening in one’s life.

Though these four wrestle against humans daily, it is the soul that has the ultimate power to be positively or negatively transported by them.

The soul is the one source of anxiety, stress happiness, motivation, depression, shame, violence, calm, love, lust, self-control, selfishness, selflessness, envy, downheartedness, and all other responses to situations.

It therefore dawned on me that the soul needed great care. And it was very important for me to always loop my soul with positive thoughts.

Again, if I wanted to remain positive, I must first lighten it up from the inside. If I wanted to grow in godliness, I must first win the battle of my thoughts from the inside.

Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8 has been very helpful.

The soul is the man. Make it the man you desire it to be by molding it from the inside.

GOD AND ABRAM

‘Go for yourself from your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, to the land I will show you’, God called.

Abram obeyed. He left Ur to an unknown place where he was destined to receive as an inheritance. He journeyed on till he settled in Canaan.

Out of love, Abram took a step forward in obedience. Through out his walk with God, he was determined to obey God so much that he went ahead to be circumcised when his flesh was unbending. Indeed the heart desires to please the loved. ‘If you love me, obey me‘, says the Lord. Obedience is love.

‘I will give this land to your posterity…’, God promised.

Abram trusted. He dwelled in tents with his family. Under the cloth stretched over poles fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs, Abram held on to the promise.

Out of love, Abram confidently waited for God’s time. Through out his walk with God, he had such great faith in God so much that it was credited to him as righteousness. trusted in God. Indeed trust is built with consistency. ‘You who fear the Lord, trust in and lean on him’, says the Lord. Trust compliments Love.

‘Shall I hide from my friend, what I am going to do’, God thought.

God valued Abram’s faith and obedience. He didn’t keep his plans from Abram. Abram secured a great place in God’s heart. God called him a friend and established all his covenants with him.

‘…your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed and blessed themselves, because you have heard and obeyed my voice’. God swore.

God bonded with Abram due to his faith and obedience. He resolved to bless Abram in abundance. God changed his name to Abraham and made him a patriarc of blessing.

Abram’s love for his God made him desire the ways of God. He chose to flee from the pleasures of sin that were sweeter than honey to walk right with God.

Abram’s love for his God made him wait for the timing of God. He decided to overlook the situations that were static like monuments in order to trust his God.

Abram was faithful in loving His God to the end. And God remained faithful in loving his Abram to the end. They even joined their names together, ‘God of Abraham’.

God’s love is sure, and forever he remains faithful. Like our father Abraham, let’s love God and remain faithful, for he is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

STAND UNSHAKEN

…let the waters rise, I will stand as the oceans roar. Let the earth shake beneath me. Let the mountains fall. You are God over the storm and I am yours ~Lauren Daigle.

Life is difficult to comprehend. Some dwell in a vale of tears while others on a mountain of happiness. Some are financially privileged while others can’t afford a cheap snack daily.

Times are designed to change. Some days are streaked with tears and mourning while other days come with laughter and dancing. Some times come with tragedies, sufferings, and sicknesses, and other times, fortune, comfort, and good health.

Stand unshaken for there’s a higher calling. A calling greater than life. And there’s a greater purpose. A purpose valuable than riches.

The waters may be standing like a tall tower. The oceans may be roaring like a hungry-lion. The earth may be spinning like a tossed sphere. The mountains may be closing every possible way like a huge roadblock.

The rising waters may be overwhelming. The roaring oceans may be frightening. The shaking earth may be terrifying. The falling mountains may be restricting.

Stand unshaken for the waters, the oceans, the earth, and the mountains are essentials of life. Life cannot be lived without them.

There’s a creator of the waters, the oceans, the earth, and the mountains. And he has power. Power over them all.

There’s a creator who is faithful. And at the appropriate time, he will part the waters, silence the oceans, steady the earth, and move the mountains.

Stand unshaken for there’s a lesson to be learnt, a testimony to tell, and a faith to keep. It makes strong and brings honor to the creator.

SERAFINA YULE-EPILOGUE

Ally took out a black velvet ring box from his pocket and opened it.

Sera’s brown eyes moved fondly from the object to the personable man in front of her.

It took Sera a minute before she realized Ally had already asked the question.

‘Will you marry me?’ Ally repeated still holding the Cartier gold ring covered with diamonds.

Smiling broadly, she stretched her left hand toward Ally, ‘I will’.

Ally smiled irrepressibly, took her hand, stroked it affectionately and slipped the showy piece onto her middle finger.

Diane almost cried, gushing with emotion when Sera held her hand up in the light.

Jackie was obviously determined to avoid any discussion about the marriage. She excluded herself from anything regarding Ally and Sera. For her, Sera was a woman with a terrible past; a past that made her unworthy of her son.

With the help of Diane, Mr. Wilson, Martina and Jack, Ally and Sera were set for the wedding.

Ally and Sera had a shining moment of happiness at their wedding.

When they were about to leave the reception for their honeymoon, Jackie went over to them.

‘That wedding vows came out deeper than promises. I felt every word’, her gaze moved past Ally to Sera.

‘I’m not really happy about this union but I realized you two can’t keep your eyes off each other,’ Jackie smiled.

She reached out and touched Sera’s hand. ‘I will try my best to be a good mother in-law.’

Sera felt the reassuring warmth of her hand on hers.

Ally and Sera spent their first evening together at the Wilson Safari Resort.

‘This is a dream come true. I am finally married to the weird and beautiful Serafina Yule.’ Ally said, his eyes shining with excitement.

Ally remembered their journey together; as strangers, CEO and staff, friends, and lovers. He sighed with relief and fell on the full size bed.

‘You really worked for it.’ Sera teased.

‘Yeah and I feel like calling myself Mr. Yule’

They both laughed heartily.

When Sera finally came out of the shower, her hair was down and flowing. Her eyes were glowing like an evening light, and she looked so sensual in the pink lace nightwear.

When Ally saw her, he swallowed hard and looked away.

Sera lied down on the bed beside Ally who was looking up. There was a strong sexual tension building up between them and they both felt it.

‘Goodnight Sera’, Ally kissed her forehead passionately. They felt the heat racing through their bodies. Ally was just about to move away when Sera held him.

Love conquered fear. The two bodies overflowed with full exuberance as they made love. The light was off but she wasn’t afraid. All she wanted was Ally.