Second Chances (or more) are God’s Miracles for the Faithful!
My husband and I are looking forward to our 15th anniversary on February 18th, 2015. I have always laughingly said that God made sure we “exchanged our vows” in the year 2000 so that with just a little simple math, I’d always be able to remember exactly how long we’ve been married! LOL!
Divorce is Devastating
So here it is – 15 years later and we’ve survived so far!! Laugh and joke as I might, I think THAT is really a miracle! Thank-you Jesus!! But I’ll tell you what! It has not been an easy 15 years! Neither Bob nor I figured it would be either. When, as Christians, we were forced to accept that our first marriages were over and found ourselves divorced, I think we both struggled with feelings of guilt and remorse, embarrassment and shame. I’d grown-up believing in the “death do us part” – “you made your bed so now you have to lie in it” doctrine. When it came to Christian marriage and our ability to “value the vows” we’d both blown it. Editor’s note: read Is Divorce Part of God’s Plan?
Scared but Willing to Trust God
I realize now that I was filled with fear and trepidation as I pondered “going to the altar” with Mr. Faith. I remember having a really difficult time selecting the song I would sing as a tribute to our love during the ceremony. I certainly didn’t believe in “happily-ever-afters” anymore. Haha. It’s true! Horrible but true. I had to find a song that really spoke to the truth of what was going on in our lives. Playing on the radio 20 times a day during the months we were getting to know one another… dating, I’d often find myself weeping over the profound truth shared in the song, “Feels Like Home” by Chantel Kreviazuk. Was it possible, I pondered, that deep, deep down I was really lacking something… striving to have something, hoping to have love in my life again? It was a confusing and scary time… Ok, maybe no one is guaranteed “a perfect life, happily married wife” type of future… but maybe, just maybe it was possible? I remember thinking, “maybe God really does want me to marry again!?” The song said it all so well…
Something in your eyes
Makes me want to lose myself
Makes me want to lose myself
In your arms
There’s something in your voice
Makes my heart beat fast
Hope this feeling lasts
The rest of my life…
An Unexpected Second Chance
Mine is an interesting story on a personal level. I’d been in an abusive, miserable marriage and embarking on this new life – getting married again – was not something I had dreamed about or prayed would ever happen. In fact, it was quite the opposite for me. I loved being single. Being free to go out with girlfriends… I had a wonderful social life! As a single mom, I felt I had just enough time to be there for my kids, my career and my ministry obligations with just the right balance of fellowship and friendship from my social circle to be living the perfect life. I felt I had no time for dating and all it would require of me. Obviously, looking back I’d become very independent and rather selfish too! Quite frankly, I couldn’t imagine having to “share” the parenting duties with someone else, either. Ah, well!
A Special Anniversary
Here we are 15 years later! Crystal is the actual “traditional gift” for a 15th wedding anniversary – As a wedding gift, we received a ‘Waterford Crystal’ cake topper from a precious friend of Bob’s. I think I’ll give it back to him this year as a special tribute to his commitment to staying married to me all these years! Editor’s Note: Read
I love symbolism and went googling the meaning of the number 15 too. Now THIS is a wonderful thought. That we might be able to live a little differently this year … I LOVE IT!! At biblestudy.org I found this:
In the Bible, the number 15 pictures REST, which comes after deliverance, represented by fourteen. The 15th day of the first Hebrew month (Nisan) is the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, a day of rest for the children of Israel (and for Christians). The 15th day of the 7th Hebrew month begins the Feast of Tabernacles, also a day of rest.
God told Abraham in a vision, just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15 on the Hebrew calendar, that his descendants would end up as slaves in a foreign country (Egypt). They would, however, eventually be set free (Genesis 15:12 – 16). Many years later in Egypt, God miraculously delivered Israel’s firstborn from the death angel just as Passover began after sunset (Nisan 14). Then, 24 hours later (just as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15), the children of Israel began to leave Egypt (Exodus 12:40 – 41). This night is referred to as the ‘night to be much observed’ (Exodus 12:40 – 42, Deuteronomy 16:1). God’s prophecy of freedom, given to Abraham on Nisan 15, was fulfilled years later on the exact same day.
After dying on the cross, Jesus’ body is placed in a Garden Tomb as the sun was setting to begin Nisan 15 in 30 A.D. (Matthew 27:57 – 61, Luke 23:50 – 55, John 19:38 – 42).
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