When I first met Norma she was a single mom of eight-month-old twins living in a one room adobe hut with her parents and several siblings. Her husband had abandoned her and gone to the United States looking for work. Norma was having a hard time and was very open to the gospel. She accepted Christ and began growing in the Lord.
Time passed and Norma was lonely. It was so difficult to mother twins by herself and thrive in her crowded living conditions. Though she knew it was wrong, Norma found a new man and moved in with him and his parents. Soon she was pregnant. His parents never accepted Norma and not long after her baby girl was born, she was kicked out and ended up back in the village living once again with her parents.
We tried to encourage Norma to make things right with God and come back to church, but she was not willing. Her face reflected the emptiness of those who willfully forsake God’s commands and go their own way only to discover whatever they thought would make them happy does not satisfy.
To our surprise one Sunday morning Norma showed up for church with her three children nicely dressed and a strange man! There was no time to greet them before the service started. All during church I felt sad thinking, “Norma has shacked up with a new man. She is still running from the Lord.”
However, after church was over Norma introduced us to the strange man who turned out to be her husband! When he went to the United States looking for work, he got picked up by immigration and put in jail to await deportation. While he was in jail, some dear soul went to the jail, witnessed to him, and led him to Christ. After being saved, he realized that he had done wrong in abandoning his young wife and children.
When he was deported, he came home and reunited with his family. He accepted the new baby daughter as his own acknowledging that he was also at fault for having left Norma when she needed him. All the children looked so clean and happy. Norma’s face no longer reflected disillusionment and despair. Now her face was wreathed in smiles.
Only God could take their lives twisted by sin and bad choices and transform them into happily ever after. God can still do the same for us today! The gospel still works and transforms lives. No sad story is so hopeless that God cannot turn it into happily ever after! What a mighty God we serve!
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Now unto him be glory….” Ephesians 3:19, 20.