In our friendships. In our families. In our churches and ministries. Especially in our marriages.
I don’t know where you would rate your marriage on a scale from 1 to 10. I don’t know if you would yell from the mountaintop “TEN!” or groan from the pit “Barely a one.” Chances are strong that most of us are just somewhere in between, right?
If you are in that in-between place, the place where you know your marriage isn’t awful but it’s also not exactly where you’d like it to ultimately be, I want you to know I’ve been there.
I’ve been there on days where you don’t even want to lift your head from your pillow but somehow manage enough strength to do it anyway. I’ve walked through valleys so deep that you wonder if you’ll ever see the light of day again. I’ve experienced so much tremendous pain that I wondered if my heart was literally bleeding.
But those are days in my past. Today, I have more hope than I ever thought I would. And I am encouraged to share the following excerpt with you in order to bring you more hope:
Call back, and tell me that He went with you into the storm; Call back, and say He kept you when the forest’s roots were torn; That, when the heavens thunder and the earthquake shook the hill, He bore you up and held you where the very air was still. Oh friend, call back, and tell me for I cannot see your face; They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race; But there are mists between us and my spirit eyes are dim, and I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him. But if you’ll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry, and if you’ll say He saw you through the night’s sin-darkened sky – If you have gone a little way ahead, oh friend, call back – ‘Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.
– Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Streams in the Desert
I pray you are inspired by the words above. We all need to have someone call back to us in our times of greatest need. So friend, I’m calling back to tell you that God has a bright future and wonderful plans for you. I’m calling back to tell you that He absolutely adores you and that you are the apple of His eye. I’m calling back to say that God is close to the brokenhearted and He will bring you through this circumstance you face.
I promise because He promises and He does not disappoint.