Their love for each other started to die when they were in their mid-twenties. Ernie was training for ministry when a theological debate landed him in hot water.
As tends to happen with church disputes, more people than necessary became involved and soon the anthill became a mountain. Ernie’s enrolment in seminary was revoked. He despaired as anyone would. His despair turned to rage; first with God and with the people who destroyed his plans for the future, and then with Sandra.
Ernie raged for thirty-seven years. Then one night he was awakened by a voice calling his name. After searching the house and finding everyone asleep, he concluded that it was God calling him. As Ernie contemplated the meaning of this, these words from scripture came to his mind – “leave everything you have and come and follow me.” (Luke 18:22)
Ernie said to God, “I don’t have anything to leave.”
God said, “Leave your anger and unforgiveness.”
That night Ernie knelt by his bed and wept. As tears flowed, God cleansed his soul of more than three decades of anger and bitterness. For six months he didn’t tell anyone about this miracle. He kept quiet as God continued to mend his broken heart and transform his emotions.
Part of Ernie’s transformation was that he fell in love with his wife, Sandra, again. Really in love. Today, these two speak in churches and at marriage seminars telling how God gave each of them love for the other.
In 2012, Sandra Nunn asked if I’d write her love story. We met together for months and then published, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me .
Ernie and Sandra’s story reminds us that the God who created the universe isn’t distant. He is still calling individuals by name, still transforming, healing and showing His love.
Are you in a hopeless situation?