And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. Job 42:12 (ESV)
Today, I listened to Ricardo Sanchez’s song “It’s Not Over,” which reminded me of the very first days of my marriage restoration. I remember the sadness of my marriage not being what I thought it should be. My prodigal was home, and I was grateful, but I was so upset that his return didn’t look like I thought it should.
We argued. We disagreed.
He struggled with being with me when he really didn’t want to be. I struggled with him not being the strong Christian man I desired after all the work God had done in me during my stand. We both struggled with trust. Did he trust me to not change back into the shrew he left? Did I trust him not to leave me for another again? Honestly, the early days of restoration are brutal.
One day, I was so overwhelmed and frustrated with my husband that I remember walking outside to sit on the porch, ready to pull my hair out. I told God that I didn’t understand how all my standing could end up here. That was when God set the record straight. I had the completely wrong perspective. God told me my restoration wasn’t the end of my standing. It was the beginning.
Now, I look back almost 12 years later, and I see what God saw: Restoration was the beginning of my brand-new marriage between my brand-new me and my brand-new husband. We had to have a lot of patience with each other as we worked through so much, but it was worth it! I wasn’t standing for my old marriage. I was standing for the new thing God was creating. I just needed my eyes opened to realize it was the beginning of a thing… a great thing!
Let God work His power to make your marriage brand new. And have patience that “It’s Not Over!”
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 21:5 (NKJV)
I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does [it,] that men should fear before Him. Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NKJV)