Story: The Loophole…….. Episode 4 | Final Episode (By Oluwatoosin Oladejo)
Episode 4 (Final Episode)
Jane was the only one left with them to help take care of Tricia.
She was getting quite stable.
Jane was leaving that weekend as she had to resume school for a new semester.
That Saturday afternoon, Nath called his wife.
“I’ve been thinking. We need to seek God’s face concerning these issues on ground.”
Tricia laughed sarcastically.
“You mean the God we neglected all the while?” she asked soberly.
“Yes, and please stop making me feel guilty. I’ve had enough of it.”
“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
“It’s alright. We’re going on a seven day fast”, he announced.
She opened her eyes wide.
“Yes. You can break your fast by twelve or three if you’re not strong enough. I’m going on a marathon.”
Tricia did not argue further.
After all, she knew there was no other way out.
The week they began their fast coincided with the commencement of Nath’s annual leave so it wasn’t difficult for them to leave for a solitary place.
They laid their lives afresh before the Lord with broken hearts and teary faces.
On the sixth day, Tricia heard God clearly!
It was like a movie!
The incident that happened in the wee hours of the New Year Day replayed in Tricia’s dream. As she woke up she began praying for clarity and then God spoke to her.
“Do you remember what’s in Proverbs 18:21 and Proverbs 21:23? The Holy Spirit asked her.
Her bible was right beside her. She had always loved the message translation.
She read the first verse.
Proverbs 18:21- “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit — you choose.”
And then the second.
Proverbs 21:23- “Watch your words and hold your tongue; you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.”
Of course Tricia knew she had issues with her tongue.
She had been allowing God to work on her but sometimes she just seemed to lose it, just like that day.
“Now check out this last scripture verse, 1 Peter 5:8.”
She remembered instantly.
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.”(AMP)
“You were too proud to admit your faults and ask for forgiveness. You and your husband got so busy that you lost your sensitivity and connectivity. The enemy saw this loophole and took advantage of it. God never intended this.”
She shared the revelation with her husband.
He remembered the words of the pastor again.
This time he saw light.
They both got on their knees and began to plead for mercy.
As they prayed, God gave them these words:
“And come back to God, your God, and obey him with your whole heart and soul according to everything that I command you today. God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there.”
They felt an overwhelming peace.
It was such a wonderful experience for both of them.
After the encounter, Tricia began to depend on the Holy Spirit to help her and consciously avoided negative thoughts and words.
They both took their relationship with God serious once again and became more sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
About a month later, Tricia got a call from her office.
She was called back to resume work and was given all the benefits for the months she was away from work.
The culprit had been found.
It was Rita.
The same Rita she had taken as a friend and sister.
She was shocked but chose to forgive.
That same week, she started feeling sick and funny.
You can guess what it was!
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Author: Oluwatoosin Oladejo
I am Oluwatoosin, a child of God. That’s the most important fact about me.
I am a Graduate of Chemistry from Nigeria’s premier University, the University of Ibadan. I love to sing and write songs. I also love to write poems. I love sewing and cake crafts too. In short I’m an embodiment of the arts and a big fan of creativity!
I love to write anything that will make you know that the essence of your whole life is to worship the Creator. Hey, wait! I’m not saying you have to spend all of your life singing worship songs or just lifting your physical hands to the heavens. If you think that’s all about worship, you’re wrong. It’s about your whole life, your everyday ordinary life, being pleasurable to God-your walking about, eating, sleeping, talking, relating with people, carrying out your daily duties- everything!