Walking down the street, I could barely see the lines on the road. My head was spinning and my heart was beating fast, or maybe it was beating slow, I can’t really tell. All I know is I am no where close to home. What happened to me? Why is my head so foggy? I can barely walk without stumbling and my head is pounding. She could see the lights of the corner bar and she thought to herself, one more drink and I will feel much better.
He sits at home alone in their room, the sun has just started to go down and the last bit of light is shining through the sliver in their curtains. He knows he should be worried, and he is worried, but right now all he feels in anger and hurt. Where is she? Who is she with tonight? He loved her so much and tries to always remember the day he fell in love with her. His chest hurt with the pain that he felt as he knelt beside the bed to pray.
As she started to walk into the bar, there was a man standing outside the door, he was dressed very sharp and he handed her a piece of paper and he said, “if you don’t have a place for the night, take this to the hotel across the street and give it to the clerk.” She slipped the paper into her purse and assumed he would be waiting on her, thats just the kind of girl she was. She decided quickly that she needed get her head clear and make her way to him. She was going to get a drink, but she knew it would only make things worse. She ordered a cup of coffee and sat down on the couch beside the window. For a moment she thought about her husband at home, she wondered what he was doing. Just as she went for her phone, she saw the well dressed man walk into that very nice hotel.
She decided her husband would just have to wait. She finished her coffee and went to the ladies room to freshen up. Her party dress still looked nice, as she straightened her hair and brushed off her dress, she wondered who had brought her to this town and why they had just left her, the last thing she remembered was partying with some friends.
Every time Mike thought of Amber he could do nothing but pray. He had just given his life to the Lord and he didn’t know what to do, but just pray that one day she too would find help in the Lord. He was so concerned that she would get hurt. He wanted to protect her, but this had been her life for years and he didn’t know how to help her. He just knew he needed to take care of her, and he knew he needed to be there when she needed him.He got a cup of coffee and went to the recliner, he knew he wouldn’t sleep, so he thought he could do some reading and praying. He started to sit in the chair, and he felt that tugging in his heart once more to pray for his dear girl. He knelt at the chair and began to beg God to bring her home.
She looked in the mirror and she felt quite beautiful, she looked to make sure the piece of paper was still in her purse, and of course it was. She closed her purse without a thought to even look and see what the paper said. She walked into the hotel and it was magnificent, the walls were marble and the massive chandelier that hung from the ceiling was all crystal. She quickly felt like a princess, she straightened her posture and boldy approached the front desk.
The lady behind the desk had a nice smile on her face and asked for her identification and reservation number. “Um, I don’t have a reservation, but I was told to give you this” The clerk took her license and looked at the paper and said with her eyebrows raised, “Oh, the Good Doctor sent you, you must be a special young lady” After making photo copies of her ID she handed it and piece of paper back and said, “If you need anything just call down and we will make sure you are taken care of, everything is as good as paid.”
Amber quickly took the room key and off she went to her room, with all kinds of thoughts, “He is a DOCTOR, no wonder he can afford this place”. She got to her room and put the key in the door and her husband Mike crossed her mind, she felt guilty and sad for a moment, but quickly put him out of her mind.
It had to be close to midnight and Mike was still on his knees when the phone rang, He ran to the phone hoping it was her, instead it was a gentleman on the other end, “Yes sir, I am, yes, Ok sir, thank you.” He quickly jumped in the shower and got dressed in his suit, He grabbed a suitcase and threw a few items inside and rushed out the door. He knew it would take him a good hour to get there, but had one stop he had to make.
She heard the click of the lock as she put the key in the door, She slowly opened the door thinking that the doctor would be on the other side of the door, she slowly opened the door and the light was dimmed, “Hello? Are you in there?” there was no response so she stepped into the room and it was so quiet, she looked around and realised she was alone, he wasn’t waiting on her. She was somewhat disappointed and somewhat relieved. She looked around the room and there was a basket on the bed full of snacks and fruits. A new complete outfit was on the bed and in the bathroom there was gift bag with a beautiful long gown, one like she had never worn before, under the gown there was makeup, lotion, shower gel, shampoo and every other toiletry she might need. “Who is this man? she thought to herself, what does he want from me? If he isn’t here, why did he give me all of these things?” she decided to take a shower and put the plush robe on over her new beautiful gown. She went to get into bed when laying on the nightstand was a box with her name on it. “How did he know my name?” Her heart was tender towards this man, yet she couldn’t understand where he was. She opened the box and inside was a gift, a strange gift she thought to herself, she had never received one like this before. It was a bible.
Mike ran into the store, he had to find the perfect bunch of flowers and her favorite candy. He got the best they had and grabbed a small teddy bear and a box of Mint Chocolate candy, he knew it was her favorite. All the while he wondered if she would even let him in, and he wondered who the man on the phone was, “How did he know me? How did he call me? It was all very confusing to him, but somehow he knew God was working a plan and he wasn’t about to miss it.
Amber looked at the bible and then decided if he felt she should have it, she should at least open it. She opened the front cover and there was a note inside, all it said was “He paid the debt you could not pay”. It was strange, yet she immediately thought of the little piece of paper that had paid her hotel bill.
She grabbed her purse and for the first time, she opened the note he had given her and read it, “John 3:16” “How did that pay for everything?” She looked back at the bible laying next to her and she was completely confused. She looked up the verse and as she read it, tears began to flow down her cheeks, she didn’t mean to speak out loud, but it came so quickly, “God loves me? She thought about her life and how dirty she felt earlier that day, where her thoughts had taken her about this Good doctor, she just didn’t know what else to do, so she grabbed her purse and pulled out her phone to call the only man that had ever loved her, her husband.
As he walked in the door he heard his phone ringing, his hands were full and he couldn’t get it out of his pocket. The lady at the desk knew exactly who he was and sent him straight to room 316. He was so nervous, he had no idea how she would react to him showing up. He didn’t really care, he had prayed for this very moment and he was hoping to find her happy to see him.
She put her phone down and fell to her knees and just cried, she knew exactly who she was, she was unfaithful to her husband, she knew she deserved to be thrown out, she knew she was dirty and a drunk, her life was a complete wreck, yet there was a man in a nice suit that cared enough to give her that little piece of paper, she looked at that verse in her bible again and wept as she read ,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
About that time she heard a knock at the door, it startled her, she jumped up and opened the door and much to her surprise it was her husband, holding a bouquet of Red Roses, a box of candy and a Teddy Bear and the most nervous face she had ever seen on him. She looked at him with a tearstained face, her hair still wet from the shower and he said, “Hello Beautiful!!” She wrapped her arms around him and wept as he came in her room. They sat and talked until the sun began to rise, she was truly sorry for all that she had done that had hurt her husband. Mike was so glad to be able to tell his wife how to give her heart to Jesus. There were so many questions that Mike and Amber both had about that night, but they really were not worried, because, when she was dirty, it was God's love cleaned her up, when she didn’t feel worthy, it was God's love made her worthy, and when she saw herself lost, it was John 3:16 that showed her the way to be found. As they left their room there was a small package at the door. Amber opened up the envelope and it simply said, “Choose Him”. She looked at her husband and knew that for the rest of her life, she would always Choose Him.
“Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
*My encouragement, no matter how dirty you feel, no matter what sin you have committed, Jesus can cleanse you, and no matter how hard your marriage is, if you will continue to choose him, your marriage will make it. “