Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” ~ Revelation 21:1-5
I read this Scripture many times throughout my husband’s and my 16-month separation just a few years ago. I wanted to believe that what God said was true…that He could make all things new – even our marriage, but how could God take this torn relationship and put it back together again? That would take a miracle. Let me share with you that God is in the business of miracles, for He wove our family back together into a more beautiful and precious design than we ever dared to dream.
I struggled every day during our separation to put my will aside and choose to obey His will. I was desperate to believe God, not just believe in Him…to believe that He heals other marriages, and could also heal mine. There were many times that I found myself up in the middle of the night lying flat on my face crying out to God that I loved Him and wanted what He wanted. Confessing that I was scared to trust that His ways were higher than my ways, and best for my family and me, I prayed that He would break my will, my pride and my stubbornness. God will always answer “yes” to those prayers.
That’s what God wants us to do. To trust and believe Him in all our circumstances – even the seemingly impossible ones, like our struggling marriages. To believe that He can do the impossible and that He orchestrates all things for our good and His glory.
We held a recommitment ceremony on January 1, 2005, and on the front page of our program we placed the Scripture above – He makes all things new. We also wrote a thank you to our church body, which had so amazingly walked with us through all those months of struggle – they were “Jesus with skin on” to us.
Thank you for being with us today to celebrate what God has done in each of us individually, as a couple, and in our family. Your prayers and support have been “powerful and effective” as we’ve struggled to seek and obey God during the past few years. We will always be eternally grateful to the ones who never gave up on what God could do for us, and who continually pointed us to Jesus as our Healer. We have chosen to believe God is who He says He is, and can do what He says He can do. We believe we worship a huge God who majors in the “impossible.”
What God is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people…your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters… ~ from Psalm 77 (NIV)
Thank you, God, that you are the God who majors in the impossible – that the same power you used to raise Jesus from the dead – can also raise marriages from the “dead.” Your words are faithful and true, and we choose today to believe you can do what you say you can do.