As we prepared to celebrate Good Friday and Easter at Stone last week, our thoughts went to where we were 18 years ago, and how God redeemed our marriage.
Good Friday 2004 – After almost a six month separation, we met for coffee on Good Friday to finalize our divorce agreement and to settle the final details. It was over – our marriage would end after 14 years, 2 children, several miscarriages, financial struggles and many other storms that took their toll. Boy, do we have an enemy. The same enemy that worked overtime on our family years ago is at work to divide and destroy relationships today.
But, God. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Through a series of events that only God could have orchestrated, the weekend took a turn. I (Dawn) have often described it as a weekend where I experienced the scales that the enemy had slowly placed over my eyes, causing me to not see things clearly, beginning to fall away. As the scales were removed, I saw Marc for the first time in a long time – as the man God had created and whom He fully loved.
By Easter Sunday, we were on a path of healing & reconciliation. God, in His amazing grace redeemed what was dead and brought life to our marriage & our family. What the devil meant for evil, God worked His will for good. We spent Easter Sunday together and just knew that we were experiencing a miracle. God’s faithfulness and redeeming love for us had overcome the lies of the enemy. Through God’s faithfulness – He pursued us. With His redeeming love – He reminded us that we have an enemy and it is not each other.
We realize that many marriages don’t come back from the place in which we found ourselves, and so, we are forever grateful for what we have. Every life milestone for our marriage and family holds a little deeper meaning for us – including the joy of sharing in the lives of our children and five grandchildren. God has been so good to us, allowing us to share in this abundant life together.
What area of your life has the enemy stolen from you? How has he convinced you that something you love is dead? Believe Him for redemption, He is worthy of your faith.