He treats her with the utmost cruelty, the very man who made a covenant to love & cherish his bride has treated the union as merely a contract. Year after year, with ever increasing hatred & vengeance, he tries to drag her into his personal hell of an existence. And he is so clever. No one suspects that he is cloaked in deception & disguise. He has isolated to psychologically destroy her. ..year after year
She only ever wanted to be a wife. More than a mother, she couldn’t wait to grow up and lavish her husband with every form of love possible. ..on her wedding night, his eyes went blank, he looked away, and in that horrifying instant, she realized that she had just made the greatest mistake of her life. ..year after year she has sought wise counsel in the words of The Great I AM to press on & impress love on this man who rejects her in every facet of life. ..year after year
Cowering & crying year after year in the corner, struggling to her core spiritually at times to survive his punishing attacks, her case has finally reached the high courts of Heaven. More than 20 years ago she believed God promised a powerhouse marriage. ..and He who promised is faithful, in spite of her gravest mistake in marrying this man. So she clutches & clings to the hem of His robes, draping over the summit of Everest, and gets her first peek at the peak. The highest point in this world is LOVE! Love is the promise fulfilled of the powerhouse marriage. Love is the weapon of warfare against every demon. Love is what makes me feel safe in a 17 year marriage to this man. If God is Love, and I am created in His image, then I am to reflect His Love. It is easy to love the lovable, with the joy we so naturally share with a dear friendPHILEO, and most enjoyable to love a loverEROS. But it takes the highest form of God’s Love, sacrificialAGAPE, to love the unlovable, those who are bent on destroying us. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” From the cross, He sacrificed His whole self for those who were jeering and spitting on Him from below! That kind of self sacrifice is the most powerful weapon, the highest form of Love. At the foot of the cross & from the hem of His robes, I am SAFE in His parentalSTORGE love which protects my whole life.
I can trust my Heavenly Father to protect & provide the promised powerhouse marriage. In my mind’s good humour, I see Door #1, He repairs & restores this marriage; or Door #2, He removes & replaces this man; or Door #3 His choice. Whatever He chooses. I trust Him. In Him, I am safe. ..year after year
And from this vantage point, at the peak of Everest, I can see the Promised Land, that powerhouse marriage in the distance.. .
“As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. with great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me is love. Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me! I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” Song of Solomon 2:1-7