Personally Speaking--Part 5
There's much detail I've left out, but I feel the need to wrap this up.
Fourteen months of being away from my wife and children was taking its toll, but God won't allow us to suffer more than we can bear. I went for a late evening walk. While looking up at the night sky with tears running down my face, I heard that still, small voice again. "I've heard your prayers. I've seen your tears. I will work on your behalf."
It was my weekend to have the kids and I was preparing for the 200 mile trip to return them to their home in Philadelphia when the phone rang. It was my wife telling me to keep the kids. Something had come up. She'd let me know more later. That was fine with me. I loved the four little ones God gave me and some extra time with them would be nice.
By the end of the week, she had hit rock bottom and was coming home. That was wonderful--the answer to my prayer, but after 14 months away, there was much readjusting to do. The hardest part was just beginning. There were many things that had to be worked through. Counseling was necessary, and there were many painful nights still ahead in the future. But time began to heal the wounds.
Twenty-two years later and after thirty years of marriage, God has done a tremendous work in both of our lives. For many years my wife had wanted us to re-say our wedding vows. The time never seemed right. The time is right on May 21 of this year as we'll be standing before God again in our church to recommit ourselves to each other.That can only be attributed to God's grace. He has allowed me to once again follow the dream He had put in my heart by allowing me to pastor Lifegate Baptist Church for the past ten years. That can only be attributed to God's grace. He's kept my children safe through the years and they all belong to Him. That can only be attributed to God's grace. If one word were to summarize my life (well, maybe two) they would be God's grace.
He has followed close behind when I would run ahead, and he always waits for me when I lag behind. God is the central part of this story. He is the central part of my life. He alone deserves praise, honor, and glory. May He receive that this day. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart with you.