FOR MY SAKE: STANDING IN THE GAP FOR YOUR PARTNER
It was my wedding night. I was so tired, and I needed a bath and rest. We had danced so much that my back was aching.
Husband was beginning to have funny ideas. He was beaming like a new born baby. In any case, I won’t blame him; any man in his position would not joke with this night because I was a warrior during our courtship. “No… No hugging. No pecking. No holding♀♀♀.” Top on my priority list was sexual purity till marriage.
The knock came. I was thinking, “Half past 11:00pm? Could that be Room Service?” Then with eyes popping, I heard my mother-in-law’s iron-like voice, “Tise, Michael, open up!”
Michael jumped up and rushed to the door and opened up for his mum.
Mother-in-law walked in, sat down majestically, and asked us to sit.
“Tise, I don’t know if anyone told you, there is a curse on my husband’s family line. The men in their family don’t prosper. The wives are the ones who work and provide for the family. This is because, according to history, one of their forefathers killed the only son of a great herbalist and the herbalist placed a curse on every son in that lineage that their hands would never produce forth good. Also they must always lose a son amongst their children.”
I watched in amazement as my mother-in-law kept talking history. She finally concluded by saying, “In essense, I just came to let you know that your marriage is not a land of fun but war.”
Why? Why didn’t she tell me this before now???
Well, not to waste her time I also gave her my history.
“Mum, I am sorry I also did not tell you this. I come from a family that fights for those we love. My father actually died while trying to save his people. My family line does not operate under curses because we are operating under a covenant of blessings. Therefore, anyone who is fortunate to marry us becomes automatically fortunate. So, Mum, for my sake, your son cannot operate under that curse anymore ”
Mother-in-law was shocked, to say the least, as I could tell what she was thinking. It then made sense, my sisters-in-law always had this gloomy look, and two of them actually lost their sons.
“Mum, you need to go and rest. My husband and I need to produce two sons this night because, in my family line, we conceive immediately our husbands meet us,” I said to my mother-in-law. She stood up with caution and silently walked out.
That moment all the tiredness vanished as I took Michael’s hand and looked him straight in the eye.
“Listen, I don’t care what you or your ancestors have done, but for my sake, you will prosper with this hand! Listen, Paul and some criminals were on a ship and there was a shipwreck. The soldiers wanted to kill all criminals, to prevent them from escaping, but the army officer stopped them just because he wanted to save Paul. Michael, for Paul’s sake, the lives of other criminals were preserved. (Acts 27:39-44) So, sweetheart, because you are married to me, because we are in the same ship – yes, this relationship called marriage – for my sake, you can’t be punished for your ancestors’ sin.”
That became my prayer plea to God from that day forward. I kept praying to God to save my husband, my sons, for my sake.
To the glory of God, I have four sons♂♂♂♂. None of them died. Now, they have sons and daughters of their own.
For my sake, my husband’s destiny changed for the best.
Dear reader, it is time to pray to God to save your family and those around you because you are in their lives. However, before God can honour that request, make sure you are a friend of God. Paul was not an ordinary person or a sinner; he was a friend of God.
Lord, for my sake save my loved ones and those around me. Make me an asset in the lives of those around me, in Jesus’ name. Make my presence in people’s lives preserve me and them in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Thanks for reading. God bless you.