CHAPTER TWO

That was yesterday.

She sat presently in her office, worried to her stomach, hand on chin, eyes glued on the computer screen, yet seeing nothing. Somewhere deep in her heart she knew that the pastor was right. That it was just a passing phase. But the reality of the situation was getting too much for her to bear.

“I could almost hear your work screaming out loud.” 

She was startled. 

“Harriet!”

“What’s the matter with you Easter?”

“Oh nothing really. I’m okay.”

“You’ve not been yourself of late”. Harriet stated.

“Just a state of the mind, it will wear off soon”

“I sure hope so”. Harriet turned and walked to their office locker, “you’ll be amazed what worry can do to you”. She turned to Easter. “Want some coffee?”

“Yes please. Thanks.”

       Harriet pulled open the locker, brought out a flask and poured two cups of coffee as Easter admired the wine-coloured skirt-suit of her colleague; a beautiful spinster of 31.

“Come to think of it, what could be your worry?” Harriet inquired. “You have a good job, happily married to a very handsome man—“

She started towards Easter who interrupted her.

“That could be my worry; but I have no fear. I have someone greater than all that.”

“You humbug you!” Harriet placed a cup of coffee on her table “someone I know?”

“You’ve heard about Him. But you don’t know Him; yet.”

“Who could he be?” she asked excitedly, leaning closer, eager to hear the name of the new man in her life.

“The living God, He’s more than able”. She smiled. 

“Oh come, don’t start this religious thing again!” She turned away in disgust. “I’ve been a Christian all my life; born into a Christian home I should know God!”

“Should? That’s more like it. There’s a whole lot of difference between being born a Christian and being born again”

“You could be impossible sometimes”. Harriet shot her a glance taking her seat at her table close to Easter’s. “But I’m glad you’re out of your worrisome mood”. She started at the computer keyboard.

“Who knows, the Lord could have sent you to pull me out of it. Thanks anyway, I feel better.”

But what has righteousness with unrighteousness? Or light with darkness? Why would a believing child of God go sharing her challenges with an unregenerated person? What kind of advice or counsel will come out of that?

Most often in our desperation to find solutions to the challenges facing us, we veer away from godly counsel and open up a portal or doorway that ought to remain shut. And it is he that opens (breaks) the hedge that the serpent bites.

We feel we can always handle whatever we hear, forgetting that words are spiritual seeds, and as such may not bring forth fruit there and then. But in the long run, after perhaps some months, and even years, bring forth fruits that would threaten our Faith.

Who do you share with? God is interested. He asked Adam

“who told thee thou wast naked?” -G
enesis 3:11

“Who have you fellowshipped with?” God seemed to ask. For His name’s sake, He is interested in the company you keep and what information you share.

He asked Hezekiah, through the prophet Isaiah,

“what said these men? And from whence came they unto thee?” -2 Kings 20:14

Who are you speaking with? God is interested! Sometimes we think they don’t matter, yet they do! Man fell when he shared certain information with a stranger. Daniel, Shadrack, Meshach, Abednego and other Jewish children were carried into captivity because their forefather, Hezekiah entertained strangers.

Who are you sharing your deepest challenge with? A work colleague? A neighbour? A relation? Or a God-fearing pastor?
God loves you and has sent you His servant, the Pastor. Share with him. We all need to unburden our hearts sometime,but not just to anybody. That is why God gave you THE pastor, he is the best person to speak to. Take your challenge to God through your pastor, but rest your faith in God.

Christ, the burden bearer will surely, lift the burden off your shoulders.

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