I decided to learn something new at evening classes, at college. It was quite far from home and was two bus rides away. I went once a week and it was quite a long walk when I got off the bus to the college. It was Winter, it was dark and I was on my own. I had to go straight from work to get there in time, this made me the first Student to arrive. I soon built up a 'friendship' with my Teacher, Laura White. We just seem to click. She told us the sad story of her black cat that she had loved for years and finally she had passed away ….
Soon others in the class noticed that I was the Teacher' favourite, I think that’s how I would describe it. Don't get me wrong, none of this favouritism was sexual, no, it was far, far from that. It was just that we found out we were 100% opposites for you see, she told me she was a Witch! Now no one else in the class knew this, just me! Then Laura explained to me in greater detail, more about her beloved cat ….. they too had a special bond.
I don't know how we found out we were opposites, but we were. And she liked that about me. I have never met a Witch before, she claimed to have great powers, but I knew I served the One who had the greater Power. When I first arrived at the college, I'd asked someone where the loo was and was shown to the little loo which belonged to the Principle of the College. So each week when I arrived at college I would go to the Principle's loo and Pray there, for His protection and guidance. And I always felt His presence in that little loo!
Laura told me she had this 'gift' that she couldn't hold a Bible and that she had gone into a Bible Store and tested it out and that it was true, she couldn't. She gave me a marvellous insight into her world of witchcraft. I remember once she asked me if when I was with her, chatting before the class started and before anyone else arrived if I ever felt anything evil about her, and I'd said no and she said she had never felt anything different, threatening about me. I remember one day in a conversation I said, “The Blood of Jesus” I looked in her face and I thought she was going to die! I never saw such terror!!! Real fear, she said, “Don't say that!!” But at first I didn't know what she meant, so I said, “you mean, the Blood or Jesus, she said BOTH! She showed me, that those words have Power, when used correctly!
She introduced me to a friend of hers who wasn't into to witchcraft, but she was like me, opposite to Laura, her name, Sarah-Jane. SJ was SO lovely! After meeting her a few times with Laura, there was an event in her home town and she invited me over to a sleep-over with her Husband and lovely kids, as it was a two day event. SJ told me she didn't feel special, and she was sure that God wouldn't use her to help anyone, she told me she had no confidence, I let her know, her she was a lovely person and special to God, and that he would use her to help people.
So each week I went to night classes and loved it, I learnt so much. Then soon it was Easter, there was a group of people who knew Laura, and they wanted her to join their religious group but she didn't want to, but she occasionally went to their meetings. There was a special Easter Saturday event, and Laura said she wanted to go and wanted me to go too, so as it was something I knew I would enjoy so decided to go. She said she, SJ, and myself could go out for a coffee and a cake in the day time and then we could go to the meeting, in the evening. I said OK. Laura was ahead of me, and had obviously given it some thought, for during our coffee, Laura suggested to me that I sleep over hers that night as the meeting would end late and I could then return home Easter Sunday by train, I said OK for that was a brilliant Idea!.
No one had a mobile phone then so I went to the phone box that was in the huge department store and rang my Mum and told her that I would now be sleeping over at Laura's house, she was about to say something to me when my young Niece who Mum was baby sitting fell over and hurt her head, so the conversation ended then. I went and sat back down at the table, after about 20 minutes it was time for us to leave. As we were leaving the large posh café we had to go at one point in single file... so Laura was in-front, then it was SJ and I behind her, she turned to me and mouthed these words “Do NOT sleep at Laura's house, you must go home!” At that moment, the only way I can explain what had happened was, it was like I had been in a trance!!! Like she had power over me, for I was fearless. Now that is NOT the real me, for NO WAY would I have said yes to sleeping at a Witches house! No way! Suddenly my heart raced and a mini panic set it, for I knew, whatever happened this evening I WAS going home. I was now out of my 'trance' indeed God had used SJ to 'wake' me up, from whatever fake calm that was around me, to have said yes in the first place, but ….when or how would I tell Laura. I then went to Laura's for Tea and met her Husband Martin, a gentle man with a kind face, he made me feel very welcome. Laura showed me the room that I would be sleeping in …...
The meeting was fantastic! Then all too soon it ended, it was then I told Laura that I had decided to go home instead of sleeping over, she was not happy. It was late and I didn't know anyone in the building at all. I went up to a group of people and I asked them if they knew Laura White they said, yes very well! I told them she had asked me to sleep over at hers but I don't want to now, I just wanted to go home, they too said I mustn't sleepover at Laura's. I told them I had to get to the train station but didn't now have a lift, a smartly dressed young man in a suit, said he would take me, and reassured me not to worry. I said what about Laura? She is cross with me, and I didn't want to reap her witches wrath! He said, He has the higher Power, so “Don't worry” but I was worried, I had no peace. I am a natural worrier!
Fifteen minutes later I was in his very posh car, don't ask me what it was, because I don't know. It was about 2-3 miles to the station. I could see he was married, by the ring on his finger and I remember thinking, I would NEVER agree, if I was married for my Husband to take a young woman to the station, who neither of of us had ever met before. But having said that, I am SO glad, whoever she is, that she trusted him. For all I wanted to do was to catch the last train home, and he was a 100% a gentleman. I said to him, “What happens if I miss my train?” He replied, “Don't worry, I will drive you to your door” then my heart was at peace. At the train station he said he would wait, and if I didn't return he would know I have caught my train. I thanked him and ran as fast as my legs could carry me. On the train I was relieved, but I realized I had another problem, I would be too late for my last bus home! Nor did I have enough money for a taxi! I arrived at the bus station and the time was 11.30pm I was pondering what to do next... when a bus pulled up that wasn't my usual, it was a different company and it was going to the same bus stop that I needed! I got on it. From my stop, near Mums home, I ran home, it was about five minutes running and I arrived home just before midnight!
I crept in and got into bed, thankful that I was IN my own bed! The following morning Mum realized I was home, for during the night she said she had prayed for me often, that I would be kept safe.... she was overjoyed!! I told her all about it, this morning was Easter Sunday, and we went to our usual place of Worship. But today was different, for the FIRST time I knew the meaning of the real Easter! It wasn't about chocolate eggs, and daffodils, and Easter cards... we sang a song that we always sing at Easter and I sang it with meaning and gusto! It was, “Up from the grave He arose,With a mighty triumph o'er His foes,He arose a Victor from the dark domain,And He lives forever, with His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!” Every year since that Easter Sunday I have remembered that evening, of the night before. But still there was something troubling me, for if He didn't arose, then I am in trouble! For Laura had mentioned to me in the times that we had talked about, that witches who could do certain things from a distance …... I needed to know I was safe from her anger, then I read a small book by a man called, Reinhard Bonnke and in this little book there was a chapter on witchcraft! This was what I needed, I think, and indeed it was, I realized I belong to a higher Power and that He arose the Victor!
I never saw Laura White again or Sarah-Jane. I have never forgotten them, and think about them each year at Easter time.
Thank you to the Man who drove me to the station and to his lovely Wife, who trusted him. Happy Easter xx