Ryan and I have many parallels in our past. That we were meant for each other neither of us doubts. One similarity is we were both involved in long term, international engagements with someone who we ultimately found out had lied and cheated on us.
The difference was when I found out about it, I had been leaning on God for a while already and His comfort and love flooded me and carried me through the storm in a sturdy vessel. In contrast, what happened with Ryan’s fiancée ultimately ended up with him turning his heart towards the Lord more than before. The difference between them is the difference between us each burning ourselves in an equally painful way, but I immediately run cold water over my burn until it stops hurting and he tries to tough it out until he can’t take anymore and then sought treatment. The healing times between those two burns don’t even compare. So even though my betrayal was actually more recent, his is still healing. But it is healing.
Because of that, Ryan is a little clingy and has a few other behaviors that are layovers from his former relationship. He had greatly healed before we met, but for both of us, this is the first (and last) significant relationship since that betrayal took place. So there are sore spots being revealed through these new experiences we didn’t know were there before. And we’re working through them, and Ryan will be fine…
But that’s not actually the point. The point of this story is while life is tough for everyone, it is so much better with the Lord. If Ryan hadn’t turned to Him when He did, he’ll tell you himself that he’d be far worse off. And I can’t imagine having faced that storm without Him. We need Him. Living life without God is like facing an army of tanks and machine guns armed only with a twig. Living life with Him is like facing that same army but now you’ve got in an invisible space-age armor with lasers and photon torpedoes and ten thousand by your side. And your mission is to support your fellow space shippers… and save the twig warriors.
So this me getting on my sci-fi loud speaker and saying, “Hey, if you feel overwhelmed by life, facing the enemy with your twig, throw your twig down (what good is it doing anyway?) and come sign up with our commander. We’d love you on our side. It’s still war, but it is so much better over here!
“I know you thought me and my brothers in arms were crazy when we threw down our sticks. I know it appears to you that we're walking around without any armor or weapons. And I know you don’t believe in our commander because you’ve never seen him. But once you take the step to join up, He’ll meet you right where you are. I know you don’t think I really have invisible armor, and my battle history is spotty because I’m still learning how to use it, but I have had visible victories and we all get ongoing training.
“Think about it. And we love you over here. We can’t save everyone who is facing the enemy armed with twigs… but we want to! All you have to do is throw down your twig and join up. I know all too often it’s hard to throw that twig down, as it seems the only thing between you and the oncoming forces, but our commander just wants you, not your twig… and if you set it aside, He’ll arm you with invisible weapons more powerful than anything the enemy has, I promise. And even better, He promises. Join Us.”
So that’s my call to action. If you want to know more, email me. I love you.