Being Wrapped in God’s Love. June 17, 2019
By Gertrude Flynn-White
I have experienced many challenges in my life. With God’s guidance, I was able to overcome some on my own but for the others that I experienced later in life, I had to wait like Job did, on God’s Supernatural intervention.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I had lived a sheltered life. As I moved away from home, I still enjoyed the security of my husband and parents. After my divorce, I was suddenly thrust into the midst of a churning world full of temptation and personal challenges. I moved away from my community and had to learn to trust my new circle of friends. I remained single for many years. Being heartbroken, grief-stricken, and somewhat lonely, I found it hard to trust anyone again. I continued to climb the ladder of success but aside from the pressures of my job, I was fighting another type of battle…a spiritual warfare. I was reluctant to talk about this topic because some individuals like to label others of being superstitious when they relate certain experiences. I never believed that “Obeah” or “Witchcraft ” existed but my experiences forced me to accept the fact that “Iniquity” truly abounded” The Scripture tells us that because Iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:12-13 (KJV)
In a recent article in the Jamaica Beacon, (See article below) a prominent Minister of Government called for “Obeah” to be legalized in Jamaica. So whether one wants to believe it or not, this practice exists and many people still rely on the benefits derived from it.
I remember many instances when the odds were against me and the darts were coming from all directions. I wrapped myself from head to toe in my blanket and cried to God for protection. This was a wonderful feeling being in the presence of God. I still remember some nights when I turned up the volume of my radio fearing that my neighbours would hear me crying out to God for help. I remember praying on my way to my job, praying as I walk the campuses of my workplace, and praying under my breath in my office. My adversaries were both near and far and I could only rely on the Blood of Jesus to be a hedge of protection around me.
I remember some chilling moments of uncertainty, unable to predict what the next day would be like. I remember using the word of God as my weapon and speaking it with authority.
Now I can look back at my blanket as a symbol of God’s unconditional love and wonder what would have happened if I didn’t meet Him early in my life and learned to trust Him. I would never have made it. It is important to be faithful to God and trust Him when faced with challenges because it’s so easy to get misled. His unfailing love never ends. When you are securely wrapped in the blanket of His love, the enemy cannot come near you. The Bible tells us that whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NIV)
Iniquity is rampant in our society today so we need to put on the whole armour of God so that we may be able to stand against our adversaries because our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:11-12 (NIV). We must believe that no weapon that is formed against us will prosper and even the evil prophecies uttered against us will be condemned. We have to believe that our warfare is not carnal but is mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. It is not easy to fight principalities and powers of the dark world but the love of God will be our blanket.
There is no need for us to panic about the move to legalize obeah in Jamaica because this practice, though condemned by the majority, and considered illegal by law enforcers, has been widely practiced for centuries. We should channel our energy into fasting and prayer and continue to cover ourselves with the precious Blood of Jesus.