“The Fatherless,” from The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
“Priscilla Miller” was partially raised by “Chip” and it had been some years since the last time she both seen and heard from him. She had forgotten about him until she had a few dreams that were almost consecutive to each other. Based upon their meanings, she had the impression that “Chip” graciously matured over the years and was different from how she last known of him. He presented himself as one who desired to meet her children, wanted to become a loving grandfather to them, and to have a close step-father and daughter relationship with her.
When “Priscilla” acknowledged “Chip” and those dreams, she fully believed that they were ones that revealed “Chip’s” thoughts at the time. She also believed wholeheartedly that he genuinely prayed to God for a while about a desire to reunite with her and meet her own family. She deeply felt that he would do all that he could for her children, give them whatever they desired, her children would love him, and how he would be delighted to be involved in their lives.
“Priscilla” had some negative memories that were connected to “Chip.” However, the years that passed erased most of the specific incidences, as she did not have a choice but to get over those long ago.
Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
“Priscilla” became a grown woman of God and was not the same young female who “Chip” used to place under him and everybody else. Regardless of the dreams’ intentions and significances, she acknowledged that God understood her history and knew that she had gotten over the past. So she felt that she was placed in a situation where she had to decide if she wanted to remain distant towards “Chip” or not. She inevitably placed the matter and judgment in God’s hands.
“Priscilla” also prayed about how she would not have been bothered if she and “Chip” were to have a conversation with each other. But she wanted to take the predicament one step at a time as to whether or not she should involve him in her and her children’s personal lives. Even though neither the both of them knew how to contact each other, they eventually done so shortly after those dreams, and his conversations to her confirmed what she already acknowledged.
Galatians 6:1-2, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
When “Priscilla” was a child, she always prayed to God for Him to look after her, due to the mistreatments that she experienced meantime. While she was in “Chip’s” care, rather than being a peace maker, he instigated divisions between her and her relatives. It came to where for any of her relatives to impress him, they regularly done her wrong. His main response was to feed them with more negativity about her, from smiles of approval, to comments insulting her, which led the vicious pattern to continue.
“Chip” eventually became a very dominant figure in “Priscilla’s” family, as they automatically were fond of whatever and whomever he liked, and instinctively dismissed all that he thought little of, which generally led her to be excluded from their circle.
Zechariah 7:9, “Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:”
“Chip’s” position in the family had reached to the point where “Priscilla” had to go through him in order to have anything to do with the others. At any given time, if she was approved by him momentarily, the others instantly became more opened and cordial to her too, until he stopped liking her for whatever amount of time.
While “Priscilla’s” biological parents resented her, they often made the type of complaints about how their parenthood titles and duties had victimized them. She was also considered to have been an obstacle in the marriages that they both had with other people.
Psalms:127:3: Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
During those days, “Priscilla” drove herself to do whatever was considered flawless to her elders. She also believed that she had no choice but to live a life with neither voice, nor sense of significance, nor that her existence was desired and appreciated.
Colossians 3: 21, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
“Priscilla’s” biological father knew that she was naturally his. But he never loved her, nor physically been around her, nor wanted her to know him, nor wanted to see her.
Psalms 27:9-10, “Hide not thy face far from me; … thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. “
“Chip” often made it known that he disliked “Priscilla.”
James 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
“Priscilla” completely lost her mother emotionally, who always lashed out her frustrations because of how “Chip” was “forced to take over” somebody else’s “baggage” and “responsibilities.”
Exodus 22:22, “Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.”
Deuteronomy 24:17, “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the …fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge:”
Zechariah 7:10, “And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.”
“Chip” had his own biological children by a couple of women and “Priscilla’s” mother. Because of that, he mainly ignored “Priscilla” in the home, while he focused on his own natural children. But the more “Priscilla” felt pushed away from others, the more she ran to God.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
“Priscilla” knew that she still had to present herself obedient to her mother and “Chip,” despite how they treated her.
Ephesians 6:1-3 and 10-11, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, …”
“Priscilla” gotten through those issues and the time came when her thoughts went out to “Chip.” But it took place long after she had last been in his presence.
So after “Priscilla” examined her past, she realized that over time, she did not have to do anything but take the Christian faith seriously, continuously cling to the Lord, and to always obey The Word of God.
Colossians 3:20-21, “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.”
Throughout the years meantime, everything else had played itself out in ways that were based upon what “Priscilla” wanted, and from what she believed was God’s significant judgments.
Psalms 34:15, “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.”
Psalms 10:18, “To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.”
Psalms 10:14, “…the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.”
“Priscilla” used to be treated as a waste of “Chip’s” food, energy, time, and space in his home. While she stayed prayerful because of that at the time, she recognized in hindsight that God knew how her issues were only but for a moment.
Psalms 34:17-20, “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”
Psalms 146:9, “The LORD …relieveth the fatherless and widow: …”
Psalms 68:5, “A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.”