Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #112. Today we are reading chapter 4 of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop III” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
With the exception of the children talking, the eight hour drive from Oklahoma to Arkansas to spend Thanksgiving with Kristy’s parents was a quiet one.
Shortly after they pulled out of their driveway, Kristy told her husband, “I’m only going because I need time away from Oklahoma, time away from the church, and from the house. The children also need some time away. Don’t expect much conversation from me. You just spend time thinking because I’m sure you have a lot to think about.”
Thanksgiving at her parents’ home was pleasant and uneventful. Neither of Kristy’s parents knew of Kirby’s unfaithfulness. On Friday after they retired for bed, Kristy said to Kirby, “Thanks for bringing us here, but I want to let you know that the children and I will be staying here.”
“What do you mean, you and the children will be staying here? Don’t I have a say in that?”
“Ha,” Kristy said dryly. “You lost your say when you slept with an underage girl. You will be returning to Oklahoma by yourself for several reasons: One, you have to preach on Sunday, don’t you? You don’t expect Jonathan to come off his break with his family to preach for you, do you?”
“I’ll be there, and you’ll be in your position by my side.” Kirby tried to sound firm though his voice faltered.
“You weren’t so adamant about me being in my position by your side when you were having sex with that girl. Now were you?” Kristy’s words pierced Kirby like a dagger.
“Look, I’m already sorry for what I did,” he said. “I’ve tried talking to you to get it fixed. I let you plan this vacation without interfering. Is this how I get treated for confessing?” Kirby knew his attitude was wrong, but refused to drop his whining.
Kristy rolled her eyes. “As I was saying: Two, I do not want to be around when the police pick you up. You do know you are at risk of getting arrested, don’t you? And, three, I want to save you the embarrassment when I tell my parents. Good night, Kirby. By the way, your suitcase is already packed and waiting by the door.”
Kristy turned away from her husband. “Also, since you’re so concerned about what others think about you, I’ve already told Mom and Dad you’ll be returning to Oklahoma by yourself. I have not told them why, but rest assured, I will let them know the real reason once you get on the road. Good night.”
As Kirby rode back to Oklahoma he thought, I may call Carmen and have her email the church family informing them that services will be canceled for Sunday. More guilt immediately hit him. “No. I have to face up to my stupidity,” he quietly reprimanded himself. “And I call myself a man of God.”
Kirby tried to pray, but the words would not come. What will I tell the church? What will my deacons think? Will I lose everything I’ve worked so hard for? He pulled off the highway at one of the exits to put gas in his car. His heart sank when he saw a family—father, mother, a boy, and a girl—exit the convenience store. That could have been my family, he thought. Kristy had not answered the two phone calls he had placed to her earlier.
Maybe we do need some time apart, he thought. Their time together in the hotel and at his in-laws house had not helped ease the tension between them. He made one final call to his wife as he watched the family enter their van and drive out of the gas station. He left a message on her voicemail: “Kristy, I’m very sorry for what I did. I’m asking you to please forgive me. I know you don’t want any advice from me, but I suggest we fast and pray during this separation. I have no plans on leaving you for Sandy or for any other woman. You’re the one I pledged to stay married to for life; I want to stay married to you. You’re a good woman. Give my love to the children.”
It was around ten at night when Kirby arrived home. After calling Carmen to assure her he’d be in the pulpit on Sunday, he stumbled into bed, physically, mentally, and spiritually worn out from the weight of guilt and time spent praying to God for mercy. The ringing of the doorbell along with firm knocks on the door awakened him a few hours later.
“Who is it?” he asked once he got to the door.
“Open up! It’s the police.”
“Oh, no,” he said. Taking a deep breath, he did as he was commanded.
“We have a warrant for the arrest of Kirby Rollins. Are you Kirby Rollins?”
“Yes. I am. If you don’t mind, may I please make one phone call?” Kirby asked the officers who followed him into the living room. He picked up the receiver and quickly dialed a number.
“Deacon Travis,” he said, “this is Pastor Kirby.”
Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com.
Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.