"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
From Doctor Jones to Rayette Part IV
I have prayed much in my life; as a matter of fact, one of my deepest desires is to be a true man of prayer. I have fallen short many times in my time with God and in the meditation of His ways; but in my life, I remember three life-changing prayers that were honored by God.
I prayed for my first wife Ileana to be saved; three weeks later she accepted the Lord as her Lord and Savior. I am so glad to know that she is with the Lord right now and that one day I will see her again. I prayed for a daughter after listening to a song entitled Butterfly Kisses (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heouDje_di0) by Bob Carlisle. Nine months later, my daughter Jubilee was born. I will never forget those prayers. However, in April of this year I found myself praying another desperate life changing prayer. I prayed for a wife, I prayed for my suitable helper.
I got on my knees and I described the personality that I wanted for my wife. I wanted her to be black, sweet, involved in ministry in her local church and to know Spanish. Surely, God is my witness that I was not thinking about Dr. Jones. I had more than enough reasons to believe that that was not even a possibility. But a few days after that, I receive a friend request from a lady by the name of Rayette Pollard; her profile photo was a bench next to a beautiful beach, so I did not know who this person was. But she identified herself as, formerly known, Dr. Jones. My heart dropped with excitement. I immediately told my parents, who were visiting me, look who I found on Facebook? As I mentioned Dr. Jones, I could see the positive reaction of my parents and even my brother Carlos. I initiated my first communication by writing:
“Hello Doctor; I was just thinking about you the other day. I am so glad that you found me. Much to talk about. My parents are here with me and I gave them your message. They were so happy to hear from you also. We remember you with such respect and admiration. Did you move?”
“I haven’t moved yet. We leave May 20th. We are heading for the Marshall Islands, more specifically Kwajalein. I used to live there in elementary school. I think of you and your family often. I pray things are going well down in FL. But then again, it’s FL so it could never be that bad. 🙂 My children and I have visited FL for the past two summers and we absolutely love it. I think about your Jonah message A LOT. I don’t know if you remember it, but I sure do. It’s helped me on more than one occasion that’s for sure. I’d love to catch up. Feel free to email me at ___________________or call ____________________anytime in the evening. I’ll be home packing (if I’m smart) otherwise I’ll be sitting on my couch being lazy. Lol”
And just like that; this was how this whole thing started. Rayette and I have spoken every day since. I believe that a Prophetess put it best when she told me: “Even as you guys only know each other for an apparent short period of time; you guys knew each other’s spirits from the beginning.”
Very quickly, I realized that this is the woman I prayed for; this is the woman that proves that God always has more; this is indeed, my future wife. But there was a problem. Rayette had gone through her own valley of suffering and Rayette was ready to leave as she accepted a job more than seven thousand miles away.
Rayette needed to come to Florida for some classes that she needed to have for her new job. I told myself, “We will be able to know if what we feel is real or not.” From the moment I saw Rayette, I realized that which I was feeling for her was real. I started realizing another beautiful truth; what she was feeling for me was also, real. Now it is for sure; I love this lady and she loves me, but there was a problem, she was still leaving…