Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Family Crisis pt. 2
I remember my wife getting up and walking away in tears. I sat there numbed by the words just hanging in the air. I don't remember thinking much. I remember anger and then love for my friends. They were in so much turmoil, so much agony it was etched on their faces. I could do nothing but hug and love them.
But what I remember most is something that she said while talking to just my wife and I. She looked at us with tear reddened eyes and said, "He is my husband and I am not divorcing him." I looked at my wife stunned at the staggering strength coming from her. The decision that was made that night still leaves an impression on me to this day.
In the weeks, months and years that followed that conversation there were ups and downs. I remember seeing the husband at the lowest point in his life and watching the wife right there loving him. She was literally Jesus in those moments, Jesus kneeling before Judas, wet feet in His hands, serving far beyond human understanding. I can recall seeing him begin to awaken from his slumber and really appreciate his wife for the first time. And the way she reacted was perfect- "I love you but you have a lot of making up to do". And he did.
Starting from scratch they courted once again, counseling took place, and the Holy Spirit grabbed two broken hearts and began the healing process.
I just spoke with the husband and he told me of the marriage they have now. He talked of the amazing love they share and how Christ is working in them to serve the other. He spoke of how their story encourages other couples going through rough times and how his wife is a hero of the faith worthy of being mentioned in Hebrews 11.
What looked like an impossible situation has turned out to be one of the great love stories. All starting with one woman who refused to go back on her vows of marriage. She would not relent in her love and in that became a picture of Christ's love for us. By not listening to conventional wisdom she showed her husband what agape love looks like and in turn allowed him to see what he must do as well.
When followers begin to live His word in their lives, strange things will happen. Old wounds will heal, walls will be torn down, dying love will be rekindled, and broken marriages will be made whole. The witness to the outside world would show the reality of Christ's love and in turn create environments where people can be forever changed.
So for everyone struggling in marriage, for everyone who feels like all is lost- look at my good friends. See what can and does happen when two people lay everything at the feet of a loving Creator.