My emptiness is His excellence - Rosemarie McPharlene's Testimony
Many times we hear stories of how persons have overcome their trials that leave us in amazement and with a question of whether it is too good to be true. But Rosemarie McPharlene has lived her life one miracle after another and has witnessed firsthand the goodness of her Lord and Saviour.
With five children between the ages of 10 and 23, the single mother, who is currently a theology student in university, has not had a 9-5 job for the last 10 years, but has seen to the proper education of all her children.
"My first daughter is studying nursing, but she is currently working overseas after sitting out a year. The other one is doing medical technology, and one is doing business management. My son is in high school and my daughter is at prep school."
But how does she do it?
"I have one thing to say to everybody who asks me how I do it: that is God's business and I am one person who nuh faas ina God business! What I can tell you, though, is because I don't have any relatives rallying around me, I hold on to Jesus with both hands."
When McPharlene accepted the Adventist message, she said her Roman Catholic family distanced themselves from her, including her grandmother who grew her, and life, as she knew it, changed drastically.
"I got baptised in 2006 and when I went to visit my grandmother, who I would describe as more spiritual than religious. When she realised where my faith was going, she got upset and wanted to turn me out of the house. And I remember crying and telling her that if it's the last thing I do, I will let her see Christ through me."
"Before she died, I went to visit her and she asked me how I was doing. I told her, 'Not so bad', and she said, 'You are OK, you have Jesus'. For me, that's the biggest life I have ever lived ... for her to tell me that. Now my aunts and my uncles have grown to respect me because of the principles of God I live by."
Stating unequivocally that she is a follower of Christ, not the church, the theology major revealed that her total reliance is on God.
THE PRACTICAL GOD
"I don't know how to go and ask somebody for something, I know how to get on my knees and ask God. I remember I was at home alone this particular Wednesday. I had no food, no gas, and no money and did not know where to turn. I needed to see God in a real way, not just the theoretical biblical God, I needed a practical God."
She continued, "I was there praying. I said, 'God there are many ways I could go out and get gas, but I will not do it because I put you, Lord, as husband - you are the man of my life'. I remember praying from about 9 a.m. until noon and I got up singing, 'Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus. In the kitchen, I had two empty cylinders and the Holy Spirit said go and take the regulator and put (it) on the other. I obeyed."
McPharlene found something in her cupboard to make a meal and after sharing it with her neighbour, she realised she had breakfast and dinner every day for a week.
"That is when it came home to me that I had got a miracle, and it proved to me that my emptiness is His excellence. I had gas in that cylinder to last three weeks until I was able to get money to replace it. My children have to see and know that God is real."
The single mother also mentioned a time when she had lost all the earnings from her job of canvassing in the Cayman Islands, but God stepped in and showed her who He is.
"I had just landed and headed up to pay my daughter's school fee when I realised I had no purse. My daughter was heartbroken and so was I, but I knew that whatever God's plan was it would be greater. I just started worshipping. "
"I ensure at all times, that I return my tithe and 10 per cent offering, that's why we must consecrate things to God. My purse was gold and while walking on the campus one day, I saw the purse, covered by leaves and the leaves were the same colour as the purse. I took it up and all the money was in it! All I know is how to pray."
McPharlene explained that some people are not able to see the power of God because of self-exaltation, and warned the brethren of the Church to be bold with the work of God, to stay on track and to renew that innate love for a divine being.
"Young Christians, I want you to stay on your knees and in the Word; and non-Christians, I want to say to you that before your birth, Jesus has been pursuing you and it continues. Return even a little of that love, obey Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth," she said.