​Esi’s brother Caleb didn’t do anything different. He knew all the betting spots around, and wasted time and money on parties, girls, and friends.

Somehow, Esi could sense that there was a vacuum in her own life and in her family. It was a vacuum that nothing she had tried had been able to satisfy. Yet, since she didn’t know what it was, or even how to fill that void, she gave herself more and more to those things that gave her temporal pleasure.

But Esi had tried everything, expect God.

One day, whiles at home, on her bed, she out of boredom decided to visit the Bible app on her phone: something she hadn’t done ever since she downloaded the app.

However she was struck by what the ‘Bible verse for the day’ read. It was from John 19:30.

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished.” She read it out. The scripture got her thinking deeply.

“Why would Jesus drink the sour wine? Why did he say it is finished after he received the sour wine?” she thought in bewildment as it seemed like the scripture was speaking to her.

“He received the sour wine… sour wine… sour wine… then he said it is finished… Wait!” she got up from the bed as she thought about the scripture which seemed to have become alive to her. “Jesus received the sour wine… Then he said it is finished!”

“Yes! I get it! It’s got to be so! It means that he’s already tasted the sour… so it is finished! Every sour thing like what my family and I are going through is finished! It is finished!” she screamed out loud in amazement.

Dorothy Budu-Arthur


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