23 Jun When Words Do Total Damage
This weekend I met a man with a really sad story, I will call him Baba Simeon. Let me back up a bit…
It had rained for a bit and still threatened to rain some more. I set out to the park with a book in hand, an umbrella and a handbag semi filled with tracts.
As I parked the car and stepped out, I looked around at the different park benches and finally decided for one, it was right in front of one of the pathways, and its only occupant was a big woman with a polythene bag on her lap, clutched loosely in her hand. I greeted her with a smile as I sat beside her. A young boy passed by with a young girl by his side. They turned round and sat in the bench few steps ahead of me, it was a actually two benches with a table in the middle. They sat with their backs turned to the table and across from the table on the other bench sat a man, with his head bent over on the table.
Boys and men were all over the park in football jerseys playing football at the different football fields in the park. A couple of children road their bicycles pass me as I opened my book to read. Before then I had asked the big woman by my side (in a bid to start a conversation) if she was waiting for someone, she said no and almost immediately got up and left.
Should I Go, Should I stay?
I sat reading my book, taking breaks to look up, chat a little and observe the park and the people in it. I had just finished the second chapter of the book when it started drizzling again, I closed the book, searched out the car key from my bag and opened my umbrella in readiness to get to the car and just as I stood up, I noticed the rain had stopped. The wind whistled softly and bent some trees as if to warn me rain was still round the corner, but I hesitated when I noticed the man that had his head bent over on the table ahead of me had lifted his head and was looking round.
I shut my umbrella as I made my way across to him and greeted him with a smile. I sat down without asking and asked if I could talk with him about Jesus. He was a bit elderly, between 60 & 70 I guess. He said; “Why not, can one hear or know enough about God?”
I reminded him that God loves him and still had him in His plan and could still use him. I told him God was not finished with him, his being alive was a proof of that. I reminded him that God called Abraham at 75 and made him a name upon the earth. I told him God was still waiting for him to give himself over to Him COMPLETELY. Not holding anything back.
At this point he smiled and said it is not easy to yield everything, every part of His, life to God. I agreed with him, I said to him that it is not easy, but IT IS POSSIBLE. The reason it is difficult is because a lot of times we try to do it by our selves, on our own, instead of just submitting ourselves and asking The Holy Spirit to help us. He nodded as if to say, “I see.”
I asked him if he worked in the estate and he said yes, as security. I asked what church he attends and if he is able to go regularly and he gave me a mixture of a sad and a wry smile as he told me he had not been to church for decades.
I asked him about his family and how often he was able to see them as he lived in his place of work. He said he saw them often because he had a colleague and a boss who always obliged him when the need arose. He said he was able to see his children and grand children quite often. It was when I asked for his wife, that I saw real pain… Click To Tweet
She Divorced Him.
He had turned single 33 years ago and has not remarried since then, his wife left him after a “little” argument and despite all his pleas, she still left him. When I asked for some details he said he had told her in the middle of the argument, that the reason he was still married to her was his brother, she couldn’t stand that statement, she packed up and left.
He said she was too deep and could not forgive him. My heart went out to him.
I asked him why he hadn’t remarried and he said he didn’t want to. I went further and asked about girlfriends and he smiled when he said he had none but paid ladies to satisfy him sexually. I told him that was not acceptable, he was displeasing God while putting his health at risk, he agreed with me.
I sensed he wondered if it was possible to live without sex. Click To Tweet
I told him I was making no excuse for his ex-wife but think she lost security in the marriage. I told him she probably felt unloved and unwanted as a result of that singular statement. I told him that while I do not support her reaction, I understood her pain.
It Is Too Late.
He told me he was so pained as their last child was about 9months old when she abandoned them. He was lonely and miserable for years. Now she wants to come back 33 years later. His daughter has been pleading for him to take her back, but it is too late now, a year or even few years after might have worked. I joined his daughter’s voice and pleaded, attempting to share testimonies of reconciliation of couples whose marriages were restored after many many years. He insisted it was too late. Even though he never heard of her remarrying; she has children for some man or men.
I stopped trying and simply went back to telling him to give his whole life to God and save himself from hell, I prayed with him, we exchanged phone numbers and some other pleasantries, and I left.
Two things I learnt from his story:
- We should be careful what we say to our spouses. Words truly carry so much power, to either make or break. Some words even when taken back, leave a scar in the heart of our spouses. Proverbs 15:1 , Proverbs 18:1
- We should learn to forgive, so many times when we respond in the blindness of anger and pain we take actions that we will regret and yet can do nothing about or change them. Proverbs 16:32 , Proverbs 19:11
Did you learn anything from this Grandpa’s story?
Please share with us in the comments box below.
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RoseyPosted at 22:11h, 25 June
You know what struck me the most in this story is not the man, but you being willing to go out and actively seek to witness like it seems you were doing. Girl, my hats off to you, for that bold beautiful walk with God you’re having. I bet you make him smile. 🙂
AngelPosted at 05:37h, 26 June
Rosey expressed everything I am thinking. And, yes, words have the power to make or break a relationship.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 14:45h, 26 June
It was all God Angel!
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 14:44h, 26 June
I must admit I was happy myself. Even though I still wonder how I could have gone up to a man old enough to be my Grand-pa.
It was all God Rosey!
Jason@SongSix3Posted at 14:49h, 25 June
I married my wife in 1987, and I remember very shortly thereafter telling her “Don’t ever make me choose between my music and you.” (I was a young heavy metal guitarist at the time.) In 1989, she decided that she had had enough of me being married first to my music, and THEN to her. She left, taking our two young children with her. It was then, in my downward spiral to utter misery that I met the Lord Jesus. I spent almost a year asking her to return and being rebuffed. But then, SHE met the Lord as well, and in 1990 she returned to me – and we began the process of reconcilation as baby Christians. It was difficult, and since then we have walked through many more trials, but today we are far stronger as a couple than ever before. We have walked through just about every marital fire you can think of – including adultery. But I can tell you this from experience – If you put both Christ in the middle of your marriage, He WILL help you walk through it and out the other side. We are living proof.
I hope this man, even though he may be elderly, softens his heart to the woman he once loved (and who apparently still loves him) – and they are able to spend their remaining years together.
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Ugochi JolomiPosted at 14:41h, 26 June
Wow! What a testimony! It could only be God and His grace.
I pray that Grand pa will yield himself completely to God and that would be a very great starting point.
BethPosted at 14:43h, 25 June
Wow, Ugochi! What a loving and courageous heart you have! Thanks so much for sharing about this very important, God-ordained meeting with “grandpa.” Words truly are powerful and can cut through us like a sword (Prov. 12:18), But the best part is that your words will cut through to his scarred and guarded heart and God will use them to convict this man and perhaps impact the rest of his life! So I see two things here: The importance of weighing our words and the importance of sharing our words. Love this!
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 14:39h, 26 June
Amen! I seriously trust God that this later part of his life will be dedicated completely to God. And it did take a lot of courage Beth, trust me, things like this are not very regular with me. He is old enough to be my Grand pa.
johnPosted at 21:12h, 23 June
Good evenin mama J,thanks. Youu are very right ma, I have learnt this from my parents when I was growin up that you have to be careful what you, say especially when angry beacause you will not realise how damaging such words can be until it gets to the ear that is hearing it and it can be so destructive. So what I do most time is to start counting when in such arguement so that I can always make the difference.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 12:58h, 24 June
Praise God for your parents brother! It is good to count and think while counting… before you say another word. Or better still don’t speak at all.
preslaysaPosted at 00:05h, 24 June
Gerat post! Weighing our words is so important because we can never erase the things we say.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 13:03h, 24 June
Very true Preslaya. Weighing our words will restrain us.
Thanks for coming by and have a super blessed day!
Yvonne I. WilsonPosted at 22:49h, 23 June
I’ve always said that words can break you or make you, hurt you or heal you – and I agree that words doing total damage and learning to forgive are the two main take away lessons. What I did not understand was, after you prayed with him, did he in fact give his heart to God? If so, then who knows, reconciliation may still be a strong possibility..
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 13:00h, 24 June
Yes, he did rededicate his heart and life to God, though he remained emphatic about not wanting a reconciliation… but I believe with God nothing is impossible.
Thanks for coming by Yvonne, and have a super blessed day!