When I was eleven, Daddy made Momma pack a suitcase and sent her away, Daddy started touching me and our house burned down.
Momma was gone. My innocence was lost. The only home I had ever known lay in ashes.
Daddy’s bad choices slowly stole our chance at a new beginning. My sister’s and I were isolated from friends. We lived in the garage of an old gas station, a converted school bus in bottomland and in an old run-down farmhouse over the next two years. Soon nothing of my childhood remained.
My unimportant life continued through five years in the Navy. Relationships disappeared with the tides. A bad marriage brought a beautiful daughter I didn’t know how to love. Afraid of failure, I walked away.
After more failed relationships, I met Earl and we talked over meals at the hospital where we worked. Then after two months, he left with barely a word.
On his return, I sought him out and we picked up where we had ended. I failed to see our friendship growing until he asked me out on a date. Even then, I couldn’t see a future.
When Earl proposed, I said “Yes” without hesitation or thought of what was to come. A preacher’s wife. “I haven’t even read the Bible.”
I told myself, “It won’t last.”
And it nearly didn’t. My attitude at home was shameful. I couldn’t face my past and mistreated my family. I avoided our parishioners for fear they would learn my secrets.
That perfect storm lashed its fury on me until I nearly went under. Finally accepting the forgiveness Christ offered on the cross, the storm clouds cleared and the sun shown bright all around me. I began to share my testimony everywhere I went.
Eight months later, an accident injured my spinal cord. Paralyzed, I became withdrawn and depressed. Adrift on an ocean of fear and guilt, the years passed me by.
When I came to myself, it was through the crimson flow of Jesus blood. The love, encouragement and prayers of my husband, family and Christian friends buoyed me until I could stand on a solid rock again.
Nothing lasts? Nothing but Jesus. He never let go of me. He never tired of my tears and He never turned away from my pleas.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV).
“The Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).
“He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand” (Psalm 40:2 NIV).
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Revelation 1:8 NIV).
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