My mind wanders around the purpose of the cross.
Knowing I’ll never understand, it seems futile to pursue these thoughts. But in my mind, I press on. I want to fathom why it had to be that way. Couldn’t there have been another option? It goes against all understanding that someone must die so that I would have life.
Yet creation reveals this truth, even in the smallest of ways. Like a momma spider that must languish once she has created her egg sack. Or that daffodil that must die each year in order to produce a more beautiful plant the next.
The hard truth is that sometimes there has to be death, so that new life might be created.
God performs this same kind of “resurrection” in our lives. Sometimes He even allows the death of something that is seemingly good, to bring forth life that is beyond what we can imagine.
If you believe, you will see the glory of God. John 11:40
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Sherry was a strong, independent woman. The kind of woman that must have been in those 1950′s textbooks that led up to the women’s lib movement. She was the boss at work and often the boss at home. She knew how to get the job done and really didn’t need any help.
Scott was an angry man, never really dealing with the sudden death of his father. As you might imagine, their marriage was a mess. Throwing in a newborn created the perfect storm. Scott found an escape in the volunteer fire department, which eventually led to years of drunken nights, lousy alibis, and women that weren’t wearing his ring.
To most, this was a marriage destined to fail. Two broken and sinful people. Neither living their lives for God. They might as well sign the divorce papers and move on. Too much damage had been done.
But God didn’t see it that way.
Eventually the lies surfaced and the perfect storm swelled with hurricane force. An affair was revealed and Sherry kicked Scott out. In 2004, she promptly filed for a divorce, despite Scott’s half-hearted pleas. He quit his job and moved out of state.
To most, it would seem that Scott and Sherry’s marriage was completely dead. Certainly by the world’s standards it was. They even had a piece of paper to prove it.
But, it was there in the darkness, at the rock bottom, that God began to pick up the pieces. He began to move in both of their hearts. While Sherry had become a Christian a few years prior to the divorce, she drew closer to God as He began to work in her family. Scott would find himself strategically placed in the path of God’s word many different times until he began to hunger for more. One night, He gave it all to God and the real fun began.
Within a week, the news had reached Sherry and they began doing a Bible study together over the phone. Over time, the couple decided to attend a marriage conference called, A Weekend to Remember.
Despite the horrific brokenness, God began rebuilding their marriage at that conference. It was a powerful time, as their son had the privilege of watching a mom and dad submit to God’s way in marriage. Scott and Sherry remarried in 2007, recreating the covenant that God intended to be forever.
All of the broken pieces were never really put back together. Rather, redesigned by an amazing God who resurrects what is dead and brings NEW life.
No, their marriage wasn’t ever the same. Scott and Sherry allowed God to seep through those broken pieces until His power was evident to every one around them.
Today, they serve together transforming marriages. They lead a marriage ministry at their church, and volunteer for several marriage conferences through Family Life.
If God can do this, what do you think He can do for you? Believe Him friend. He is mighty in power! He’s in the business of resurrections.
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