Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands. Psalm 138:7-8
While onboard Amtrak en route to New York City my train traveled north for eight hours to leave Florida. It was the first time I had been through many of the trackside areas since four hurricanes devastated our state only weeks before.
In Pompano Beach, our city, things are back to the pre-hurricane days. There are a few landmarks, such as huge old trees, that are gone, but I was not prepared for the devastation that began to be visible only a few minutes from us and continued for the length of the entire state. All along the way, substantial blue tarps could be seen covering roofs torn away by the storms. Signs and fences were still down, and many trees were broken off or uprooted. Businesses were closed, and some homes still had hurricane protection over their windows.
Despite the news reports, I had not realized the damage the storms had done until I witnessed it first-hand. Since we were not in a post-storm crisis before today, I was giving minimal thought to the problems of others.
Isn’t that just the same devastation done by separation and divorce? Most of your friends may know about a 50 percent divorce rate, but until they are in that percentage, serious marriage problems will remain something that impacts other families.
We need to pray that the horror of separation and divorce will become a burden to all Christians before they experience that storm. Our prayer should be that eyes are opened to the damage being done to this generation, as well as future generations, by divorce.
As the church, we can do our part in keeping families together and becoming the champions for marriage restoration instead of surrendering to divorce recovery and allowing the enemy to destroy one family after another.
When I observed one damaged tree after another, I thought about a small hibiscus tree in our backyard. Hurricane number one blew it over, causing the roots to be exposed. It was straightened and re-planted. Our tree was doing fine until hurricane number two blew it over again. Once again, it has been straightened and replanted.
Many of the uprooted trees I saw could have been saved if someone had taken the time and care to replant them. Instead, tree after tree, with roots exposed, had died and now were marked in red, indicating they are to be cut down.
A storm of separation and divorce has attempted to destroy your family tree. Satan had placed his evil mark of destruction on your marriage. There is good news for you today. Our Lord God replanted your family tree, so that once again it can grow strong, to His glory. Let’s get busy turning devastation into new growth! Be an advocate of marriage for those around you.
“Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.” Ezekiel 36:36