We experience lots of ups and downs and often they end up in our writing. Most of the time they’re funny because we four make a whole lot of mistakes, but not everything in our lives can be played out in a funny blog. Some things have been so painful that they’re going to take on a serious note when we address them.
Today is one of those days.
We’ve been working through Genesis 1 and 2 for the last several weeks. Creation, the garden, the beauty, the perfection are all a part of the beginning, but when we get to Genesis 3 we are going to see how life changed from perfect to pain. From that day until today, each of us has experienced it.
In the beginning God had perfection in His heart. He perfectly formed man and said it was not good for him to be alone. Woman was then designed straight from Adam’s side, from right under his heart. They were literally created for each other, a perfect relationship.
Genesis 2:24 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
God said it. It was His ideal for marriage.
But what happens when the oneness that God designed isn’t a reality?
What happens when a marriage falls apart?
What happens when the person you were married to wants someone else?
The pain of it is terrible and lots of people have walked down that path. Perhaps one of those people is you.
So is God’s plan over? Is God finished with you?
God’s plan is individual and unique and whether you are married, single, divorced, separated or widowed, God has great things planned for you.
How do I know?
Because I’ve lived it.
Some years ago I thought my life was over. I literally felt like I had been thrown away like so much trash along the side of the road. I walked with my head down. I cowered. I drew inward. I was terrified of being alone. I believed I was finished and that God could never use me again. I was damaged goods. I was broken.
It’s an interesting thing about brokenness, sometimes light can shine better when there are cracks in the container…more places for it to leak out.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 1:12. Here’s what it says, “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”
You mean that God can actually use the stuff that I’ve been through to share the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Yep, that’s what it says.
God can use our brokenness to share His light.
It becomes part of our redemption story.
We’ve said it before: Every life has a story. Every story has a life.
My story, your story can be shared. God can use it…He can use it all.
Here’s another verse, “…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
God will complete the work in YOU. It does not say, “you and someone else.” It says, “you.”
God has a plan for you. He has a plan for me. He’s going to keep on working in each of us until we are done…hopefully “well done.”
Lift up your head today. God is not finished.
The Four Sisters: Kris, Karen, Kathie, Linda