Meet Chioma, my friend. She’s a devoted child of God who is deeply in love with the Holy Spirit. She’s in her third year at the University of Ibadan where she studies Veterinary Medicine. She came home last week for the holiday and when the news reached me my heart was dyed with pure Joy and I couldn’t wait to see her.
“Jemimah.” My Mum called.
“Why are you up so early? Moreover, it’s Saturday,” she added and wore a confused look.
“Mum, Chioma is in town and I need to go and see her. I won’t be back till evening.” I talked.
I quickly gulped my tea and my throat was revived. I dashed out of the house at the speed of light and I drove very fast. Mum allowed me to use her car after minutes of a hilarious debate.
But guess what? I won!
“Oh my God,” Chioma shouted when she saw me. She pulled me close and hugged me tight. We turned around and around enfolding ourselves for minutes before letting go.
We entered her room and I slipped into the bed. “I’m so happy to see you.” I talked, smiling broadly. I got up and was taken aback by the looks on her oval face.
“Jemimah, thank God you came,” she said and teared up. Silence swept through the room for a while before she proceeded.
“Hey Chioma, you know you can talk to me, right? I’m all here for you.” I said and gave her hand a firm grip of love.
“My heart is sinking.” she let out painfully. Those words rushed out and real concern wrapped my heart. I watched her lips closely, counting every word, hearing every sound.
“I’m pressured to go the way of all the earth. Jemimah, In the apartment where I stay at school a lot happens. Guys bring in ladies and they have s*x. Most of the time, they scream out unholy words that blunder right into the ears, and my thought travels far. I even try to imagine that it was me. They wear beautiful dresses, they eat nice meals and they’re never broke. Most times I face difficulties, and hard moments and I feel like my body wants some fun too. I feel like I need a man to make me feel like a woman. ” She narrated.
“On some days I feel like God is so far even though he’s not. I’m just locked in a cave of a fierce battle and I fear if there’d be an opening.” she summed up.
The sincerity in her voice made my heart skip and rip and then it came back to a regular. Tears streamed down our faces recklessly and I knew what she meant.
“I can’t agree more, I face the same thing too but hey you’ve got Grace. God’s Grace is sufficient for you.” I said and reached out for her Bible.
“You’ve got Grace. We’ve got Grace.” I talked.
Chioma felt strong again and the word of God broke her heart free from the weight of this fierce battle. We read scriptures from morning till evening and we prayed earnestly for that sufficient Grace to reach us.
It was time to go and she walked me to the gate and waved till I vanished out of her sight.
“I love you, dear friend. Always remember, You’ve got Grace.” I roared and the looks on my face gave a hope to trust. “We’ll win in the end!” she declared.
Dear reader, I can imagine what it means to be a genuine child of God in this untoward generation but hey, just like Jemimah told her friend, Always remember, You’ve Got Grace! The battle is fierce, but God’s Grace is enough if only you desire it.
Grace to remain unstained. Grace to continue in the faith. Grace to love Jesus. Grace to stand for righteousness. Don’t fall for the devil’s lies you’re not missing out on anything. There’s no fun in fornication, Abstinence is the code.
Always remember, YOU’VE GOT GRACE!
Verse to instruct; Titus 2:11-12″For the Grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men; teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”