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What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?

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My Marriage, My Nineveh

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. (Jonah 1:1–3)

I was studying the Book of Jonah with a group of women who were friends and mentors. As we neared the end of our study, our group leader suggested that Jonah’s call to Nineveh—and his response—could serve as a metaphor for many of life’s difficulties that we choose not to face. God, she suggested, requires great things from each of us. The exercise she asked us to complete: write down one thing we were avoiding that God had asked us to do.

I thought hard. I did not want to admit I was running from my marriage. This group of close friends and confidants knew most of my deep personal issues. I was willing to talk about nearly anything else . . . just not my marriage. My faced burned—the Holy Spirit usually speaks to me through rising body temperature—but I wasn’t going to write it down. I scrambled for an answer, listing every other thing the Lord might have asked of me. But it was too late. When I looked down at my Post-It note, written at the bottom of my list was “my marriage.” I blurted it out and the room went still. The air didn’t move as each of my friends stared at the floor.

I was cooked, and we all knew it.

A Promise Kept

Following my Nineveh admission, God worked quickly. While he didn’t have me swallowed by a fish, he did require I swallow something larger than a whale: my pride. I confessed that the commitment I made on my wedding day was a commitment not only to my partner and husband but also to God. The presence of my husband, or in my case at the time of separation, the lack of it, was inconsequential to the promise I made to my Lord and Savior. If I was ever going to learn how to keep a commitment, it would be by keeping this single promise.

Even if this meant staying married but alone for the rest of my life, I needed to face the consequences of my behaviors. I made a decision. I would not, under any circumstances, initiate or sign off on a divorce. It didn’t matter whether we ever spoke again—I would not break my marriage promise to God.


Edited by: LIKINMENOW at: 9/6/2014 (16:36)
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