SERIAL NOVEL: Confessions of a Hotel Maid: Plagues Do Not Come Without a Reason (Chapter 23), by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte

23

Meeting the Creator of Marriage

In her second meeting with Bianca, Ann saw more and more how she had contributed to much of the unrest in her marriage.

“We will only mention your husband’s behavior in passing. Right now, since you are the only one before me, our focus is on you. Once we get your husband in to see us then hopefully we’ll help him to see himself,” Bianca said. “Until then, we’ll pray for him to come in.”

“You guys really believe in prayer,” Ann said.

“Yes, we do. It’s the backbone of our counseling ministry. There’s a verse in the Bible that says ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.’ You trust in God and commit everything to Him in prayer and He’ll see you through whatever you may be going through.”

“Now I recall when you were doing the interviews with my group at Thomasville Inn & Suites, you mentioned trusting God as your Lord and Savior, and something about Him being Lord of your life as He’s the only One who can totally resolve all the conflicts we go through,” Ann said. “You talked about being a Christian and how that all you have to do was simply believe in Jesus in your heart. You said a prayer for us to pray if we were interested, but I didn’t pray the prayer then.”

“Well, the verse I shared was ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.’ Are you saying you are ready to believe? Are you ready to become a Christian?”

“I am, but just one thing first. Will my becoming a Christian guarantee Greg and me getting back together as husband and wife?” Ann asked.

“No. It won’t guarantee that, especially since we have no control over your husband’s decision. You’ve already shown and expressed that you do not want to get a divorce, so your heart is in the right place. You’ve already accepted your part in the discord in the marriage and are willing to change. God will honor that. The ball’s in your husband’s court now, so to speak. But I do know that God can change people’s hearts. We’ll just have to pray and leave the results to Him,” Bianca said. “But one thing I do know and that is, God will give you a peace that you may not even understand as you go through this tough time even if it ends in divorce.”

“Yeah. Well,” Ann began, not sounding too pleased. “I have to do what I have to do. I’m ready to be a Christian. I believe in Jesus. Will you pray that prayer with me?”

“Sure.”

“Dear God, I admit that I am a sinner. I ask You to please forgive me of all of my sins. Putting my faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross, I accept Him as my Savior. Please come into my heart and live in me and with me forever. Amen.”

“Amen,” Ann repeated, then added, “And God, please heal my marriage and bring Greg home so we can live together as a family. I want that so much as does Camine. Amen.”

“Amen,” Bianca said.

“Dr. Bianca, next time we meet, do you think you could tell me what the Bible says about marriage and divorce,” Ann said.

“Sure. That will be on Monday,” Bianca said. “Tell you what I’ll do. I’ll see if my husband can get in touch with your husband and his lawyer and see if we can all meet here on Monday or some time between now and when you’re supposed to sign the divorce papers. We’ll share what the Bible says about marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Let’s pray towards that end.”

“Sounds good to me,” Ann said. “I’ll trust God to work things out. Thanks for everything, Dr. Bianca.”