In the Fringes of Hell
Vira ran from the house toward her car parked in the drive way, her eyes filled with tears and her face bruised yet once again. “O God!” she cried, “I cannot take anymore of this; I just cannot.”
She headed for the wooded area which was about three miles away. She had been there on two other occasions. It was a place located in an area where she felt she could scream at God and no one but God would hear her.
She would feel ashamed to tell God about such experiences, except that He already knew about it. It was the most painful and shameful admission for her to admit that her husband would bruise her and knock her teeth loose, pull her hair, and all such abuses.
Of all the people involved in this secret hell, which was herself, her husband, and the witnessing children, she felt she understood nothing more, or maybe even less, than they did about why these horrible scenes occurred.
On two other occasions she had been to the same spot and looking through the trees into the sky she had yelled to God that He had to change this because she could not bear it.
On the first occasion, she had heard a clear message saying, “I cannot change it.” “You change it.” A streak of panic hit her. One thing she did know is that God can do anything, anything He wants to do. Why had she heard the message, “I cannot change it, you change it?”
With her analytical mind processing what she did know about God she had run from those trees and thought that the devil must have spoken. God would not expect her to take charge in this situation. God would change it.
Months later there was a second trip to the same wooded area and a second session of yelling to God that He had to change this war zone in which she and her children were living. A second time she had gotten the message, “I can’t change it; you change it.” This time she felt certain she had heard from God but did not understand what He meant.
Arriving now a third time to the wooded spot she once again let her impassioned plea ascend to God asking Him to please change the situation. Now a third time she heard the message, “I can’t change it.” “You change it.” She paused for a moment and responded, “God, You know that the only way I can change it is to get a divorce.”
While she had full knowledge that God hates divorce, there was a peace that settled over her and she knew it was from God Himself. Her next trip was to the attorney.
I know that are many of readers that feel that Vira did not hear from God. There are many of you who know that she did hear from God.
In the months and years that followed Vira began to learn some things about God that she had not before known. God honors marriages of fidelity and love.
God is not pleased with spouses who abuse the other spouse or the children.
God will not make an abuser stop abusing.
He does give choices to all of us, and if we are being abused and He knows the abuser will not stop the abuse, He then gives to us the right and the choice to remove ourselves from the fringes of the hell in which we live and to relocate ourselves to a place of safety and peace.
To live in a war zone of spousal abuse brings no glory to God and it is not good soil for the healthy growth of children.
God does prefer us to live in peace.
They asked Jesus, "Why did Moses allow a writing of divorcement?" Jesus answered, "Because of the hardness of your hearts."
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