Friday, December 28, 2012

Real Life Friday - Our One Year Anniversary

This year ago... five days before husband left.

As in, left me.

It was not a knock down drag out fight. No screaming or throwing things. No outward violent acts...

just  murder in each of our hearts.

Could we see it coming? Yes.

Did we know something was wrong? Yes.

However, neither one of us thought it would be that drastic.

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built.
Gen 11:5

God's amazing grace put back together what had come undone. He killed our old marriage and gave us a new one. I can't explain it any other way - it doesn't make sense when I apply logic.

He bowed the heavens and came down, thick darkness was under his feet. 
Psalm 18:9

Only God's other-worldly ways could do what we mere mortals could never do. How does God reweave the very fabric we are working hard to tear apart?

For the son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. 
Luke 19:10

I called my husband last Thursday and said "Happy Anniversary". We both new what I meant. It is a day of celebration really. A gift to us in the form of suffering. How can it be that the hardest thing we have ever been through was actually the kindest, most gracious gift God could give us? While God was killing our old marriage and putting to death our idolatry and pride, he was bringing us newness and life.

God really did come down.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
John 1:1,1:14

God descended into the chaos of our lives. God really is here with us. God really does save. God is present in our mess not apart from it. He is Immanuel - God with us.

Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us.)
Matthew 1:23

"The Lord has actually taken manhood into union with himself; there is therefore no longer a great gulf fixed, on the contrary, here is a marvelous union; Godhead has entered into marriage bonds with manhood. O my soul, thou dost not stand now like a poor lone orphan wailing across the deep sea after thy Father who has gone far away and cannot hear thee; thou dost not now sob and sigh like an infant left naked and helpless, its Maker having gone too far away to regard its wants or listen to its cries. No, thy Maker has become like thyself. Is that too strong a word to use? He without whom was not anything made that was made is that same Word who tabernacled among us." ~  C.H. Spurgeon

For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 
John 6:38

In the midst of my marriage separation, in the midst of your parenting struggles, in the midst of the job loss, the overdue mortgage, the broken down car, the lapsed health insurance, the mean spirited neighbor and angry abusive boss. He is with us - caring and loving and active.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
Rev 21:3

He is with us - caring and loving and active.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

1 Tim. 1:15a


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