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By Delores Topliff
I’m currently living one of the most surprising events of my life.
Without giving full details, years ago my former husband stepped aside from that commitment -- breaking most contact. I spent years doing what I could to fill all gaps resulting from his absence -- learning to lean on God a lot. Abandonment hurt. Yes, I was upset, but did not keep an emotional diary, though perhaps I should have. (I did write poems).
Mid-way through those years, God gave me a dream showing me that more than being unwilling, my husband had been unable to do more. This truth changed my heart, enabling me to forgive. My lack of animosity on the few occasions we were in touch demonstrated I held no malice. But for at least the last five or six years, we’ve had no direct contact at all.
Recently my phone rang. Now aging and unwell, my former husband believes his time is short. He wanted to make things right. He apologized, expressing appreciation for the role I’ve played in raising our sons, and insisting on giving a gift I had no idea he could provide. And to my amazement, he actually did. There have been further phone calls. I’ve encouraged him to stay in touch.
More than the bank deposit, the gift I appreciate more is well wishes and kindness and peace flowing both directions in renewed friendship. I’m convinced this could not have happened if God had not extended His redeeming love for us all, making us rich enough, forgiven enough, to extend friendship and fully forgive others. Only God could have set this recent major event in motion.
My closing words on the last phone call were, “God bless you." But that didn’t seem enough. I heard myself say, “I bless you,” which expressed my heart.
God gives us the wonderful ability to bless. I am grateful this resolution and healing is taking place here and now, visible in this life, though also bearing God’s stamp of eternity.
How have you seen God moving in your life today, now, that will last into eternity?