Chapter Thirty Six, see the signs
Pauline and Tyler were anxious for the support group to meet again. Pauline had started to see that a support group should become healthy and not always just spiritual but physically too. So, they started walking laps around the church sanctuary during their meeting and talking as they walked.
“Who has had something interesting happen this week,” asked Pauline. “Tyler did, but anyone else?”
“Let’s hear Tyler’s story,” said Pastor Xavier John Blanc.
“Well, you know I’ve been working off & on with this project in Sedona, Arizona,” said Tyler. “They had a freak snowstorm last week when I was there and my flight was cancelled. I was stuck in the hotel for an extra night and a woman approached me to, let’s say, keep me company, and I knew it was an attack of the enemy and I sent her away.”
“Good job, Tyler!” Said the pastor. “You know that when you guys signed up for this support group, the devil began to attack.”
“Not only that,” said Pauline, “but when he told me about this woman approaching him, I should have felt respected and felt respect for him for being a godly man, but instead I started to worry about what was really going on out there.”
“That’s natural,” said the Pastor. “How did you overcome it?”
“Honestly, I had a drink and watched a movie. But actually while I was drinking was when I started to worry. The enemy took advantage of my fear and my lack of inhibition because I was drinking, and provoked me to anger toward my husband. When I realized what was going on, I switched the movie to something that would not make me worry.”
“A cat documentary.” Everyone laughed.
“Well, whatever it takes,” said the pastor. “The important thing is that you knew Tyler would not be unfaithful, and that he actually wasn’t.”
“I know I can trust him,” said Pauline, squeezing his hand.
“God’s ways are mysterious,” said the pastor. “And the devil’s ways are too, although they are dirty. Doesn’t it make you feel unclean to think of the devil provoking people to fear and distrust? And dishonesty? But the secret things belong to God. You can see right through the devil’s tactics and snares if you try, but the secret things belong to God. The devil is a deceiver, “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). See more at: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2002/september-october/dangers-of-the-occult#sthash.3fK7Iyam.dpuf
“What does that mean,” asked Lisa, turning to look at Pastor Xavier as they walked.
“It relates to His ways not being our ways, and His thoughts not being our thoughts. We can never really know what to expect from God, but He always has our best interests at heart. He will never leave us or forsake us, and he will protect us, love us, and nurture our faith if we pursue him. We can’t lose as long as we stick with God. Point yourself in a Godly direction, stay alert to his leadings, and He will direct your path. Trust in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Isn’t that wonderful?
And all the group members shouted, “Amen!”