“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall…” Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT)
Megan watched as mom and dad packed the camper for a Memorial weekend outing. She watched as she saw them work together as a team to get things ready. She watched as her dad gave her mom a quick hug. She watched as Mom’s eyes lit up from the show of affection.
Megan had been doing a lot of “watching” lately. She had watched her dad walk out the door almost three years ago. She had watched her Mom’s heartache as she tried to make things OK for her family. She had watched as Mom slowly began to have hope again. She had watched as she joined her brother and sister every evening, praying for Daddy. She had watched as circumstances made things seem hopeless and then promising and then hopeless again. She had watched carefully as her dad started coming around more and more. And just before school started last fall, she had watched as Dad unloaded all his things from the back of his pickup and came home.
But that wasn’t the end of her watching. The whole school year she had watched for “signs” that it was going to happen all over again. Those nights when Dad was late getting home from work. Those discussions behind closed doors. Those tight lips when the tension was high in the house. And she watched with a heavy heart that time when Dad had stormed out the door and driven away.
She also watched something else. She watched her mom zip her lips time and time again. She watched her turn away from arguments with tears in her eyes. She watched as her mom took every concern she had into her sewing room, what she called her War Room. She watched her mom slowly regaining trust again. She watched as good interactions started outweighing the bad. She watched as, little by little, those gestures of affection started to return.
Do not worry about anything. But pray and ask God for everything you need. And when you pray, always give thanks. And God’s peace will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. The peace that God gives is so great that we cannot understand it. Philippians 4:6-7 (ICB)
Best of all, she had watched on Sunday morning when Dad had returned to church with them. She watched as the pastor made an altar call and he slowly made his way to the front. She watched as he bowed his head while the pastor prayed over him. She watched as he returned to their pew and spent time on his knees. And she watched when he raised his head, looked at his family, and said, “I’m sorry.”
And one Sunday morning before school was out, she watched as her dad recommitted himself to Christ and was baptized. She watched the look in her mother’s eyes that told her the miracle had truly happened for her family. She watched as she, her parents, her brother and sister walked together as a new, whole family out of church that day.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
Mom saw Megan sitting on the steps and smiled. When Megan didn’t return that smile, she came over and sat on the steps with her. “What’s up honey?” she asked.
Megan reluctantly shared her thoughts. “Mom, how do you know that Dad isn’t going to leave and that we’ll have to go through this all over again? How can you trust him after everything that has happened?”
Mom put her arm around Megan and answered. “I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. But I do know that God is in control and He is the center of our family once again. And I do know that He finishes what He starts. And as far as trusting your dad, I don’t have to. I just have to trust God.”
Megan knew that Mom was right. As her parents returned to packing the camper, Megan made a visit to Mom’s War Room. Her Bible lay on the old rocking chair and the sun sent lines of light through the slatted blinds. Megan picked up the Bible, held it to her heart, and began her prayer. “Lord, I trust You……”
“So remember that the Lord your God is the only God, and you can trust him! He keeps his agreement. He shows his love and kindness to all people who love him and obey his commands. He continues to show his love and kindness through a thousand generations.” Deuteronomy 7:9 (ERV)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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