Get Ready! The Next Testimony is Yours!!

I joined Starguard at the end of 2010 and my experience ever since has been miraculous and satisfying. I will not say I had any particular desire or expectation when I joined, I just wanted to serve and give my best to the Lord. A few months after I joined, there was a love feast organized by the unit which I attended. Suddenly, my attention was drawn to one of the speakers at the event – he struck me in a very unusual way; I just felt there was something about him that expressed godliness and peace. I listened to all he had to say and was very impressed. I guess I liked him from the moment I set my eyes on him.

Days turned to weeks and weeks to months, I never saw him again but the memory of him was very fresh in my mind. I prayed to the Lord to make our paths cross again and that we become friends. All this while, the deputy head of the unit and several other Executive Committee members of the unit had been calling me and asking me to join the prayer team. I refused blatantly! “That was not why I joined the unit” I thought, and I was not sure if I wanted the stress of added responsibilities. One after the other, they called me and asked me to join the team and like they came, I kept batting away their overtures. Fast forward to January 2012 and I got a call on a Monday morning (during the NLC inspired strike to protest the increase in fuel prices). It was another one of the Executive members of the unit and again he wanted me to join the prayer team. My usual reaction came up. I refused blatantly and said no! The speaker ended the call by asking me to take my time, pray about the discussion we had had and that he would call again to ask if my opinion had changed. In my mind I was like FYM!

There was something different this time around. After the call ended, I felt this unusual peace overwhelm me and I started to consider what it would be like to really join the team, maybe more importantly, to be working with someone whose call seemed to give me a sense of assurance and comfort. Hmm. I started to remember the speaker that spoke at the love feast about a year ago and wish that I could see him again! A few weeks later, I got a call again from this brother who called me to ask me to pray about the decision to join the prayer team. On his request, I decided to at least give it a try and attend a first meeting to discuss what the requirements would be – I had made it clear I wouldn’t be doing night vigils or praying in the public and that I would not be taken away from my work to attend any unnecessary meetings (shame on me, I was all about me, myself and I!) but he still advised that I try it for once and told me I would be free to leave if it was not what I expected. I attended the meeting on the said day and guess what? It was my Mr. Fantasy that had been speaking to me all the while! I later found out that he had been the head of the prayer unit of Starguard even at the time I saw him at the love feast!

Cutting the very long story short, today I am very happily married to my Mr. Fantasy! We have been blessed in every way imaginable and the Lord has proven himself faithful time and time again. But most importantly, the godliness, peace and comfort that I felt when I set eyes on that speaker at the love feast have been the definition of our home till date and I couldn’t have wished for a better home.

I conclude this testimony by sharing from Romans 8:28, NIV – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose and Colossians 3:23,24 NIV – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

My decision to serve in the vineyard of the Lord has been rewarded by this great inheritance. I bless the Lord for the fact that all things worked for my good even while I was stubbornly refusing to join the prayer team. I know that the Lord had it all planned perfectly because he was preparing my husband for me all the while that we didn’t see since the love feast and while I was turning down the requests of the previous callers. I know that my decision to serve in the Lord’s vine is one of the reasons why I am today, married to the flesh of my flesh and the bone of my bones. I cannot but imagine also, what the situation would have been if I had not decided to serve the Lord by joining the Starguard unit.

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