(STEPPING INTO MAGGIE’S SHOE)
© Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde
“God led me to do what you have not been able to do by yourself” I said.
“You are still not answering my question, what did you do?” he said in a fury.
I moved away from him…
“I showed them a video Pastor Maggie had made to destroy you.”
“What video?” He was literally shaking in anger.
“Give me some minutes” I ran up the stairs and brought the flash drive which I inserted into the USB Port of the Television.
Apostle staggered the moment he saw the first scene of him and Mrs. Beecroft. He held his chest and sat down as he watched Pastor Maggie reveal a lot. The video lasted about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Ray watched every bit of it, with tears flowing down his face…
“Why didn’t you take this to the social media?” he asked ridiculously.
“You want me to do that?” I asked.
“No, I mean despite everything I have done to you, this would have been a great opportunity to nail me, just like Maggie was going to do before she died.”
“I am in no shoe to ridicule you in public, apart from the fact that you are my husband, you are a man of God and fighting or disgracing a man of God is like fighting God. When Miriam tried condemning Moses in the Bible as regards his Cushite wife, God struck her with leprosy, showing that whatever a man of God does is between Him and God. God knows how He deals with them. All I can do is advice and pray, but sharing this online can bring down God’s wrath on me” I said.
“You are more righteous than I am, Happy can you pray for me? Can you tell God to take away these crazy feelings from me? Just watching this video shows how dirty and useless I am. What if this had gone out, my ministry would have ended, I would have also brought disrepute to the name of the body of Christ.”
Apostle wept and wept. We sat down on the floor in the living room for hours as I sat down encouraging him, that we all had our shortcomings but we must be ready to drop them at the feet of God.
I told him, we needed a Spiritual Retreat, which he agreed to.
The spiritual retreat was to happen in our home, we wanted to settle it with God together on our knees. I knew it was time to step into the shoes and find a way of filling the big space.
It was a fasting and praying retreat of 7 days without food. We took only water in the evening around 6pm.
For those days, all we did was ask for mercy for our individual greed. We knew greed had led us to the point we were.
Apostle cried more than he prayed telling God he didn’t know how he got to where he was, he told God he had always been passionate and in love with God, but he didn’t know what happened that changed everything…
As he was praying, I just heard a scripture in my heart; Ecclesiastes 7:26. I was not familiar with that part of scripture, so I picked up my Bible and read through…
“I found something more bitter than death, the woman who is like a trap. The love she offered you will catch you like a net, and her arms around you will hold you like a chain. A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch the sinner.” (Good News Version).
I understood the woman in the scripture referred to the spirit of immorality, but the part that struck me most was “A MAN WHO PLEASES GOD CAN GET AWAY (from sexual seduction and sin), but she will catch the sinner.”
God spoke to my heart that, He was not pleased with my husband and that was why the spirit of seduction and sexual immorality was able to capture him.
Now the next question was “God what did he do that displeased you?”
I shared this scripture with Apostle and our prayer point changed, we started praying enquiry prayers from God to know where he had displeased Him.
We heard nothing even after the seventh day.
Apostle returned back to his church duties. He reduced his counseling with the opposite sex, he referred the women to me. At home, he became a different man, making deliberate efforts to be a good husband and father. He went to the extent of asking my mother to return to our home in order to help with the triplets.
I tried moving close to him with my sexual advances, but he would smile gently and say
“Please just give me some more time, let me get a hold on myself completely.”
Everything was going on smoothly as we kept praying to God to show us what Ray was doing that displeased God.
In the midst of these, Chaba returned, but this time, without Ray bringing her in. The devil brought her to tamper with what God was doing.
“I am going to expose you to Christabel if I don’t get my 300 million” she had said on the phone one afternoon.
This time around she was blackmailing Apostle and I.
I knew this was the best time to silence this blackmailer forever. Instead of giving her what she wanted, I did what she never would have imagined I could do…
To be continued