Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #29. Today we are reading chapter twenty-nine of the novel “…And Family Drama Just Won’t Stop” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” – I Corinthians 11:31
“Willie, wake up. Something serious came up with Stacy.” It was about 7:30 p.m. Bro. Wilmington had fallen asleep in his La-Z-boy chair. Sis. Wilmington had joined him in the living room, but had left him sleeping for a while longer giving Stacy some time to pull herself together. She, herself, needed some time to digest it all. Somehow, she knew this day was bound to come. She wanted it to come but now that it was here, she was not sure if she was entirely ready for it.
Sis. Wilmington had struggled with the fact that her husband had not been faithful to her. She never thought he would be unfaithful—but then life is full of surprises. As for what lay ahead, she was not quite sure. She felt this was not the perfect time for this to happen—what with Stacy going off to college. She was deep in thought. Maybe the change of pace would help her to handle it. But on the other hand, why did this lady turn up after so many years and do such a thing as this? Why couldn’t she have faced her or her husband instead of her innocent daughter? Had her and Willie been in touch with each other? Why, that cheat? Now that she thought about it, Sis. Wilmington wondered why things did not click after all those calls on Saturdays and Fridays, and after Stacy said the lady’s name was Rochelle.
Sis. Wilmington sat up erect from her reclining position. She distinctly remembered asking her husband who it was that was on the phone. He lied to her saying it was an old friend who had looked him up in the phone book. If he did not have anything to hide, why did he feel he had to take the call in the kitchen out of ear shot? Now that things were clicking, he sure had a lot of explaining to do. Come to think of it, maybe that was why he was so sensitive about it whenever she brought it up.
“Willie, wake up!” she said shoving him harder. She could feel the anger rising up in her. He was still in touch with this woman. What a cheat!
“Did you bring my lemonade?” asked a sleepy Bro. Wilmington.
“Lemonade, my foot! You had better get up now because you have a daughter in her room who is really hurting and you have a lot of explaining to do to her.”
Bro. Wilmington was wide awake by now. “Whoa! Slow down. What do you mean I have a lot of explaining to do?”
“Get on upstairs and talk to her because you don’t want to get me started tonight. I am in for anything.” The tone of his wife’s voice told him to hold his tongue—at least until he had spoken with Stacy.
On his way to her bedroom, with his wife close behind, he could not think of what he had done to upset his daughter.
“Stacy, your mother said something’s bothering you and that I can help you with it. What’s going on?” He positioned himself at the edge of Stacy’s bed. He could tell she had been crying; her eyes were quite red. Stacy looked at her mother who, with a nod of her head, said, “I did not tell him anything. I figured it’s best for him to hear it from you.”
After a moment’s silence, Stacy spoke, “Dad, why didn’t you tell me I had a sister? Why did I have to find out from some other person? Ten years?” Stacy took a deep breath before continuing. “This Rochelle lady who called you on last Saturday was in church today. She followed me to the ladies’ room with her daughter, Lisa, and after introducing herself told me that this Lisa was my sister. She knew my name and she knew your name and she said she was not sure Mom knew anything about her or Lisa.”
Bro. Wilmington’s head began to swirl. He was at a loss for words. He hoped against all hope that this was just a dream and that he would soon awaken from it. He blinked in an attempt to remove it but Stacy was in the same position, looking deeply into his eyes for an answer. After what seemed like an eternity, he managed to stutter, “Oh, Stacy, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you. I am so sorry you had to find out from someone else. I…I…”
“Dad, is that all you can say? I overheard Mom telling you, begging you, to tell me, but you didn’t. Why?”
“I should have told you earlier—much earlier, but no time seemed like the right time. No words seemed like the right words,” said Bro. Wilmington shaking his head from side to side. He ran his fingers through his hair resting his head in the palm of his hands. “Did anyone overhear this conversation? I mean…was there anyone in the restroom?”
Stacy popped up to a sitting position. “Is that all you’re concerned about—whether or not someone overheard? How much longer do you plan on covering it up?”
Bro. Wilmington was shocked at the sharpness in his daughter’s voice. He knew he probably deserved that and more.
“Dad, I could have handled it ten years ago. In fact, I’ve always wanted a little sister. It’s not so much that I have an unknown sister to pop up; it’s the years of deception, and that I had to hear about it from a complete stranger. How could you, Dad?”
By now, Stacy had moved over to the window. The blinds were still open. She stared out into the dusky evening; the sun had already shed its final rays and the birds had settled down for the night. Sis. Wilmington moved over to her daughter to console her. For Stacy’s sake she was greatly restraining herself from giving Bro. Wilmington a piece of her mind.
Bro.Wilmington struggled with what to say next.
“Stacy, I made a mistake ten years ago, which, frankly, I did not quite know how to handle.” He looked at his wife hoping to get some support from her. But she was not even looking at him. Frankly, he had not been fully upfront with her either, but he did appreciate the fact that she had respected his wishes and not let on about what she knew. But now he wished she had insisted and gone against his wishes. Whatever he had coming, he deserved it. He knew, God, through his wife, had been giving him the way out—just to make his daughter aware of this, but he chose to hold on to his pride and not say anything. Now, he needed the support of his wife more than anything. He kept searching for the right words to patch up everything but all was in vain. Oh, what a tangled web he had weaved!
“Dad, if you don’t mind, I am very tired. I’m leaving early in the morning and I need whatever hours of sleep I can get before taking off.”
Sis. Wilmington sharply turned her head in the direction of the door as an indication to her husband to leave. In her mind, there was no point in continuing the conversation right now. It was clear that Stacy was highly disappointed and not in the mood to talk. She stayed behind to help Stacy get ready for bed and to sit with her, at least until she, hopefully, fell off to sleep. She talked to God for that was all that seemed appropriate right then. But the anger within her left her wondering if God had heard her prayer. “Thank you, Mom,” said Stacy before falling off to sleep.
What a way to begin college, sighed Sis. Wilmington as she rehearsed some things in her mind. She felt a little disappointed in herself for not standing up against her husband’s wishes for the sake of her daughter. She had lost some trust in him ever since the night of the strange phone call from the hospital with the message ‘the baby’s here.’ It was from that point that disagreements increased between them. She did not know whether he was truly at work whenever he left the house or if he was ‘visiting’ this woman or some other woman. She would call the job just to check up on him and this often irritated him, but as she would remind him, ‘I’m not the one who was unfaithful.’
“The baby’s here” would run in her mind ever so often like a broken record.
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Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “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.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
May God bless you until next time.