And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.~Revelation 12:11a NKJV
Jenny expected a visitor, so as moonbeams danced through the curtains, she welcomed the day. She opened her Bible, which was to her the best love-letter ever.
“Speak to me, Lord,” she whispered.
Jenny’s thoughts meandered to the Bible Study she’d attended two days ago. The leader had asked God to enable them to reach someone trapped in a cult religion that week.
“My Jesus,” Jenny said, “Am I prepared should You choose to send this visitor to my door? What can I share that will make a difference?”
Doubts invaded her thinking. How could she say anything that would break the mental chains of a cult? Jenny expressed her deepest fear, in thoughts too scary to speak aloud, What if this person’s mindset draws me into cult thinking and they try to convert me? Could they could trick me?
Jenny read Romans 8:35-39 as a prayer, “I am Yours, Lord Jesus. Nothing can separate me from Your love. Not tribulation, distress, persecution, or any trial can separate me from You. I am Yours forever. Keep me with Your love…” Jenny balled her hand into a fist, as if holding an imaginary sword, “I am more than a conqueror because You love me.”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.~Romans 8:35, 37 NKJV
As Jenny heard the birds beginning their morning songs, she knew she must begin her chores, but she lingered a little while still, enjoying the spiritual embrace of her Beloved Jesus. He must take center stage. Only He was adequate to quell her fears, and she needed Him, but her desire to tarry with Him went deeper than her need—she loved Him, and she treasured their one-on-one times.
Jenny felt the Lord nudging her that the visitor would come to her door. “What if I don’t do an adequate job of sharing who You are?” Jenny said. She was educated, but she knew the cult was too.
Within her spirit, Jenny heard, Are you willing for Me to speak My love through you? She turned to Ephesians, “Speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15a KJV).” She said it several times, reminding herself to be patient and focused on her mission.
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things, into Him, who is the head–Christ.~Ephesians 4:15 NKJV
Jenny took one last sip of cocoa and nodded, “I’m ready, Lord. Send me.”
Even though she had just prayed, the knock at the door startled her. She peered out of the curtains. Two ladies, one older and one younger, both impeccably dressed, stood with heels together. The elder lady had erect posture and was holding a flyer and what appeared to be a Bible. She touched the younger lady with an elbow. Instinctively, the younger lady straightened her posture, smiled mechanically, and looked for affirmation from her mentor.
Jenny knew from this whom God had sent to receive His love.
“Hello, ma’am. We are from…” said the elder lady.
“I’ve been expecting you.”
“You’ve been… Expecting? I didn’t know you were in the schedule… Let me check my records.”
“You will find nothing written,” Jenny said, “We prayed in our Bible Study group for God to send you this week and… Well, here you are.”
The elder lady cleared her throat and proceeded to quiz Jenny about her belief’s. What did the Bible say about heaven and hell? What would the end-time scenario look like? How did she know for sure the Trinity was a correct belief? On and on she went, scarcely allowing Jenny to answer, and challenging everything she said. Jenny felt bombarded. Then it dawned on her that this was an entrapment. She knew love didn’t operate this way so she owed them no answer. She did not need to answer argumentative questions. Besides, every time Jenny thought she was making inroads, the elder would turn to her iPad and search there so she felt she was engaging in a discussion with informants. To try to answer was futile.
Help me, Lord, Jenny prayed. Immediately, a verse came to her mind, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11a KJV).
“Ma’am, can you please put the iPad away?” Jenny said. “ It’s doing you no good and it’s distracting me. Instead, let’s just the three of us talk. Besides, I have a question.”
“What is your question?” the elder lady said.
“How do you know your god loves you?”
The elder lady shifted her feet, looking at her iPad, and then looked around. She shrugged, “I guess I don’t know if god loves me.”
“I know the answer to most of the questions you’ve just asked me,” Jenny said, “but it’s more important for us to know with a certainty toe god we serve loves us. My God loves you as much as He loves me. May I share?”
It was the younger lady who spoke, which gave Jenny the opportunity she was looking for. She turned to the younger lady, “And because you asked, let me help you to find whom you seek.” Jenny motioned for the younger lady’s hands. She willingly laid her hands in Jenny’s.
“Jesus Christ, God’s Son, loves you so much He sent you to my door…”
The elder lady circled around Jenny and the younger, pacing nervously. “Don’t listen!”
Jenny focused on the younger lady, making eye-contact. She peered into her deep brown eyes. “God put it on my friends’ hearts to pray for you. We asked Him to send you to someone’s door, and He sent you to mine. I’m so glad you’re here.”
“She does not believe the way we do!” the elder touted.
“Jesus proved His love for you by dying on the cross and raising from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins. He is the only way you can find Father God, because Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6 NKJV). It is Jesus you are seeking, and He desires to give you eternal life and a life worth living. All you need to do is believe in Him and only in Him.”
The elder lady held a hand up. “Stop it! Stop it right now! You’re confusing her!”
Jenny continued to speak. “I have an abiding peace within my heart ever since I asked Jesus to come into my heart. Do you want His peace too? It’s yours for the asking…”
“She’s trying to confuse you. Don’t listen!” The elder shouted. She shoved the younger lady, breaking the union of hands.
Jenny held her hands back out, “Do you want Him to come into your life?” The young lady started to place her hands back into Jenny’s, slightly nodding.
“You are crazy!” The elder yelled. She walked straight between Jenny and her newfound friend, breaking their bond of hands once again. She pulled the younger lady by the arm, “Go!” The younger hesitated. The elder grasped her under the arm and escorted her away from Jenny.
“Turn away from the group you are following and turn to Jesus Christ!” Jenny said.
“I said, lets go!” the elder said, pushing her towards the stairs.
“Remember, friend,” Jenny said, “I expected you to visit. Please come again. I’ll be waiting.”
The younger lady nodded ever so slightly as the elder whisked her down the steps. As this expected young visitor got into the car, Jenny waved goodbye. She returned the wave, but secretly, her hand bent only at the wrist, two fingers lifted, head forward, but her eyes looking straight toward Jenny. A tear trickle down her new friend’s cheek.
It was an expected visit.
Jesus had answered a prayer….
Freedom would follow, Jenny hoped, for she knew another Christian would continue where she left off.
Jenny returned to her rocker and prayed for both ladies—that the elder would break from the chains of cult living, and that the younger would quickly escape entrapment by finding her identity in Jesus Christ. She only hoped she could have done more to free this young lady. She prayed her new friend would soon hold onto Jesus’ nail-scarred, glory infused hands when she turned to Him in prayer even if she was still in the cult when she did so, and come to experience His divine love.
Who is the Lord calling you to witness to? How can you best reach them?
Heavenly Father, help me to welcome longing souls who desire to find salvation in Jesus Christ, even when they don’t know it is He whom they are searching for. Help me to witness to everyone You send my way, and give me the Spirit’s empowerment to make a difference.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
Genre: Fiction closely based on a real life event.
Copyright © 2018: An Expected Visitor: Diane Virginia: All Rights Reserved
Published: July 2018: Faith Beyond Fear: Editor Alynda Long
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She is a member of Word Weavers, Piedmont-Triad, North Carolina.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Diane is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Broadcasting Network, Christian Devotions Ministries, Faith Beyond Fear, Inspire a Fire, Pentecostal Publishing House, PresbyCan Daily Devotional, The Secret Place, VineWords: Devotions and More, and other ministries.
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