*Introducing the other half of the warrior woman behind Shattered in Him…
I happen to be the husband of a very talented, beautiful, and wonderful woman. If you have spent any time at all reading her testimony, you know what a wounded warrior she is. She has been fighting for her life since day one and now she and God are winning. When I decided to marry her I thought that I could be her Braveheart or Prince Phillip and destroy the mighty past dragon.
I failed miserably. She has been the one to make me see what a blind idiot I have been throughout my life and has encouraged me in my walk with God more than any other influence in my life. I obviously married completely out of my league. She is an amazing lady in every way possible. I consider myself the luckiest man in the whole blogosphere.
I appreciate the reception that she has received from many of her readers. Thank you for the words of encouragement and for giving her the opportunity to have an outlet that most likely will end up helping someone who has found themselves in similar situations. I certainly don’t claim that my wife and I have a perfect marriage; I have cut her with words and actions that I regret deeply and she has thrown verbal and solid objects at my head, probably well deserved. But, God has given us a gift that brings us together emotionally and physically… that’s all I need to say about that.
The phrase, “but God” was the subject of a sermon I heard on Sunday by a Reverend Terry Green, taken from Ephesians 2:4 “but God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…”
Using examples from the Bible, from history, and from his own personal life the pastor told in each instance where things looked impossible and then said “but God”.
In 2nd Chronicles, Jehoshaphat the king of Judah was inquiring of the Lord about the three large armies approaching from the north. He asked three main questions of the Lord in his prayer; “are you not?…did you not?…will you not?”
God has exemplified a pattern of behavior throughout the Bible and, indeed through human history, his actions show who he is and thus proves he will do what he says that he will do. In Jehoshaphat’s case, the three armies turned against each other and when the army of Judah went out to meet them they found a valley of dead bodies.
Whether God creates impossible situations in order to prove to those of us with thick skulls that he is able to do what he claims or if impossible situations are the easiest ways to see his mighty right arm work is a question for the theologians. Jehoshaphat might have said that a large force was coming against us that I knew we could not defeat on our own power, but God fought our battle for us. Moses would have said that the sea was in front of us and the mightiest army on earth was behind us, but God parted the sea. Daniel might have said that he was thrown into a den of lions that would have eaten him, But God shut their mouths. Lazarus probably said that he was dead and starting to smell that way, but God said, “come forth”.
In my life I was convinced that I had destroyed my marriage for good, but God had a plan for us and it is being revealed daily.
If you have a situation that seems impossible in your life; why don’t you ask God if he is who he says he is, if he has done what others have said he has done, and if he will do what he says he will do. I think God relishes in proving that his mercies endure forever.
I pray for all the impossible situations out there and I pray for everyone who has been discouraged and afraid to put their trust in you. I pray that you would show them your mighty right arm and that your mercies do indeed endure forever.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Partners in crime until the end!