What a truthful and clear illustration. Ron and I will be married 39 years this June. Yes, we were high school sweethearts and didn't get married in pre-school. We are that old! But we were not always kind to one another and even went through a 6 year separation. Times were lonely and frightening as we tried to find our way back to each other on our own.
The answer was right in front of us but we didn't reach out and grab it. When we finally began taking each others hands and putting Christ in the center our lives and relationship blossomed. Praying together was uncomfortable at first since we had no experiences with sharing our hearts openly. It even felt a little forced and manipulative. Eventually, we both realized that bringing our insecurities and hurts to light so close together was a safe place when we let Him stitch us back together.
I can tell you that it didn't get us back to where we were before the separation. That was not even a place either of us wanted to return to ever. Our relationship was brand new. Safe, encouraging, supportive, and close. There is a comfort and acceptance with each other that we never had. Over a decade later we are still here. Christ-centered joy in our hearts and in our home.
If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17