Friday, June 4, 2010

Shattered Lives

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

I was married for 34 years to a man I loved very much. We raised three sons together and lived in lovely homes in many different states. We shared ministry opportunities in Alaska and Kazakhstan. For many years, it appeared to others that we had a wonderful life. My world came crashing down when he divorced me. My dream of a Christian marriage that would last a lifetime shattered.

In Genesis we read about Joseph’s shattered dreams. His brothers sold him into slavery and lied to their father. He ended up in prison because Potifer’s wife falsely accused him.

God had different plans for Joseph’s life and for mine. Joseph reconciled with his brothers many years later, and reassured them saying, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20b NIV). Just as Joseph reunited with his family, I reunited with my sons, grandchildren and daughter-in-law. I help in a divorce ministry to comfort others and to repair broken lives. God is healing my broken heart.

God can bring good out of the tragic circumstances in our lives. He knows the plans He has for our lives and He knows what is best for us. He sometimes replaces our old dreams with new hopes for a better future.

Dear Father, I know You love me, and I can trust You for the future. Thank You for new hopes and dreams. In Jesus Name, Amen.

© 2010 Diane E. Hussey


Bonnie said...

Hi, Dianne:

God will surely direct your paths.
I am familiar with the heartbreak of a broken marriage. My mother had three husbands and her first two were divorces. I can remember the pain it caused, not only to her but to her four daughters. Her third husband was killed in front of her. That pain lasted three years and has slowly subsided. She has reconciled to her loss and has forgiven the man who murdered her last husband, who was the love of her life. I pray that your inner pain is lessened every day by the love of God in your heart. God bless you always. Bonnie

Dawn said...

To have a piece of our life and dream shattered can bring the best of us down to the depts of dispair. It is the hope of God and His plans for us that sees the lessons that we are able to learn. Than we can go forward giving hope to others who lives become shattered. You are an example of this. God Bless.

Marcella said...

Isn't it wonderful that God is always there to pick us up and set us in His direction. He helps us to get over the hurt and pain. You have a wonderful gift of writing. Your words will help others. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord.