Today we are blessed to have Lara Williams as a guest. Lara is a beautiful wife, mother, author, speaker and friend. I have the privilege of sitting one row behind her on Sundays as her man wraps his arm around her…the picture of a beautifully restored marriage through scandalous grace.
I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.
Bottom line: I worshipped an idol. Not one that sits on a mantel, but one erected in my deceptive heart. I believed that a man’s love could actually fulfill me. Yep, another product of the Cinderella-syndrome. But I didn’t think that my desires were paganistic. These were good-Christian, God-glorifying desires…in a slightly twisted way.
I thought that if my man would just love me like Jesus loves me then the ache would subside. If he would just obey, then I could reach the level of happiness that I craved. But he couldn’t and the ache didn’t leave. Well, not until God crushed the idol.
He breaks us to heal us. He pulls back the layers to free us from the things that bind our souls. And He does it out of a passionate love. He’s our Daddy-God.
Four years ago my marriage reached our lowest pit. God shined His light onto the lies and betrayal in our home and I completely broke. He shattered the idol in order to prove something to me.
He proved Himself to be sufficient.
When every dream and every hope vanished, God remained sufficient. When my husband failed me, my God sustained me. His love was enough. His faithfulness was enough. His whispers of, “you’re beautiful” were enough. For so long I hadn’t really believed. It took the bitter dark to see His light.
If we are His, then every allowance into our lives comes from His purposeful hands. He isn’t haphazard or forgetful. He moves with precision. He crushes idols so that our hearts would serve only Him.
That’s what He did with me. He crushed the idol and then graciously started a rebuilding on the foundation of truth. He graciously restored my home and my husband. But even more miraculously, He restored my own wayward heart. He taught me how to truly love and radically forgive. And He proved Himself to be enough.
What idols has He crushed in your own life?
How has He proven Himself to be sufficient?
How do you struggle to believe that He’s enough?
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