Prayerfully Speaking

Hope from the Truths of God's Word

can this end well?

Divorce happened when I was 19.  Hard times to say the least. Parents found new spouses after a while. But that was complicated. Really complicated. I gained 6 step brothers and sisters, three of which I had known all my life.  Yep, friends of the family, became family.

It’s been over 20 years and much water has passed under the bridge.  Well, by water, I mean – anger, resentment, fear, guilt, anger, anxiety, oh – did I mention anger.  I enjoy having a bigger family. But I can’t say I’ve enjoyed all the planning it took to see them all separately every holiday and trip home.

Last year, trauma brought two of them into the same room. But something had changed. Jesus had created a new life inside one of them.  The rest of the story is down right unbelievable. I mean the kind of unbelievable that comes to mind when you think of the lyrics  “Savior, He can move the mountain, My God is mighty to save,….”.  Or when you read Matthew 17:20, “if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

New life in Christ opened the door for relationships to be restored.  Conversations have taken place. Hospital visits to one other. And daily care was given to the one who just left this earth to be with Jesus. Food has readied for the gathering. All by these four who were at once so very separated.  For me, it’s been the most remarkable display of restoration and reconciliation. The kind that stops you in your tracks, takes your words away, and leaves your jaw hung open.

I can’t imagine how many prayers of faith are behind the moving of that mountain. I confess to you that I never considered praying for reconciliation. I guess I was scared to. I know I wouldn’t let myself imagine it. And I was busy trying to keep the peace.

But today, I know mountains move when God is present.  On Saturday, I will stand at the graveside as all the family gathers. And I expect more love and unity. I expect to see transformation. I look forward to seeing what God is going to do next.

What about you? What are you expecting God to do in your circumstances? In your pain? In your family?

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

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  1. God already has done wonderful things in my circumstances, particularly a few years ago when we were struggling with the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage. He is truly faithful in all things and has blessed my husband and I beyond measure!