The Blacks solidify their union with the Cord of the Holy Spirit
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken" - Ecclesiastes 4:12.
he Above passage speaks to two persons being stronger than one and moves to highlight the greater power of three, in context, the husband, the wife and God.
It was a no brainer for Kerryann Thomas-Black, who after soul-searching and taking steps to solidify her walk with God, decided to incorporate the same level of spirituality in her relationship.
Having experienced the life of depending on self and even on another, Thomas-Black reveals that none is more rewarding than relying on God.
"If I could choose two words to describe my journey, I would say a roller coaster with highs and lows. Somewhere along the way, difficulties came, trials came and my faith was tested. I mean, at times, I felt I was on a battle field. I remember growing so weary that I lost my joy and started doubting God. I literally had to learn to walk again and trust God in all my disappointments and joys with the help of my mother, other family and friends."
Some disappointments came in the form of bad choices in partners, but God used her parents as her biggest supporters while he prepared her for 'the one'.
"My choices in a boyfriend were so bad though I was getting hurt over and over again. I remember my dad telling me one day, 'Ker, you're majoring in the minor and minoring in the major' and it struck me like a big rock on my head that all this time I never once said, 'Lord, guide me'."
She further stated, "When I met Amoye, my husband, I said I only wanted a friend; I wasn't looking to date and that's what he became my best friend. I did something different this time though, I asked God to guide and remove him from my life if he was bad for me. 'Order my steps, Lord' became my anthem. I prayed every day, prayed about us, prayed about him, prayed about our journey because it was important for us to have that spiritual foundation because of Proverbs 4: 23 , which says, 'Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it'. God is love and if we don't have God, how can we truly experience love?"
It was for this very moment that tears of joy flowed from her eyes after witnessing her now husband step into the pool of watery baptism with her, allowing God fully into his life and the home he would soon come to share with his wife.
"Wow! My husband has always been a spiritual man, but watching him becoming an Adventist is one of the happiest days of my life. It ranks higher than my wedding day and if you know me, you know my wedding day was one of the highlights of my life. But what would we have gained if we gained each other and the world and our living was in vain.
"Recommitting my life has been the greatest decision I've ever made. I'm happy and I have a peace that's unbelievable. There is a joy on the inside and I just can't keep it to myself because my ultimate goal is heaven and that's what I want for my husband and everyone."
With the devil trying at every turn to deceive her, Thomas-Black told Family & Religion that she looks at life differently with hope, a cheerful demeanour and a song in her heart.
"God has been wonderful and merciful. You know how they say count your blessings. Well, if I began to count all the ways God has blessed me in my marriage, my job, my new school adventure, you would be in awe. Amoye and I have seen God work financially day to day; we have seen him work emotionally and the biggest one spiritually. We are closer to Him and we don't worry about the daily struggles because we know our God will show up. He has blessed us with friends who are supportive and encouraging, God is the cord in our marriage and everything else just seems to fall in place."
She ended by giving hope to the hopeless: "In Jeremiah 29:11 it says: 'For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope'. If you are reading this and feel like giving up, remember the battle is not yours it's the Lord's."