As a Pastor, I will sometimes get emails and letters that blow my mind! I see spiritual maturity and signs of real discipleship taking place and it blesses my socks off. Last week I received this email below. While I will not be sharing the name of the person who sent it to me, I did get their permission to post it! I want you to know that perspective makes a world of difference...especially Godly perspective!
Dear Pastor Noah,
...Several years after my husband left and the divorce was final, I found myself in such deep pain from the thought of divorce that I was struggling just to stay above water, emotionally and spiritually. As I was driving to visit my parents, I had a long conversation with God about why He had allowed all of this brokenness to come into my life. It culminated in a final thought. "God, you don't know what it's like to go through a divorce. You have never been there. You were never married. You don't really understand what I'm going through. I know you say you hate divorce, but do you REALLY understand my pain? Yes, I know the verses about you identifying with our suffering, but I don't see the connection to me and my circumstances." I continued to pour out my heart to God. I want to believe, help me to see.
Very quietly, His gentle response was simply that He REALLY does understand. He had a bride named Israel that He had chosen for Himself. She was His first love. He loved her and blessed her abundantly, but she was continually unfaithful to Him. She broke His heart. So much so that He set her aside, and found a new bride, the Church. And because of that salvation is offered to all, not just to the Jew, but to anyone who believes. It is because of the pain of His broken relationship (divorce) with Israel that I am able to have a personal relationship with Him today. Oh yes, He fully understands my pain. He has been there, and fully relates to my suffering.
I hope that ministered to you the way it did me.