One of the biggest ways God has shown me His faithfulness is in restoring what was lost to me in my sin, in the days before my salvation.
I had a wonderful relationship with my cousin, so much so that we called each other “best cousins.” I moved out of the state we lived in and we lost touch.
I started dating a guy when I was 15. Neither of us had any business being in a relationship at all, let alone with each other. He was a year older than me, but was just as immature. A miserable three year on-again-off-again high school relationship ensued.
When I was getting ready to graduate high school, my cousin came out to see me graduate. Somehow or another in God’s plan for our lives, my cousin and my boyfriend started a relationship. It was devastating. To me personally, to my and my boyfriend’s and my and my cousin’s relationships, and in the relationship between our moms.
For five years I struggled with unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, and guilt. She and I were not on speaking terms. I was forced to see him from time to time, which did not aid the healing process.
Finally, in 2005, my husband of eight months and I attended a church for the first time together. That day the Lord met me, and I laid my sins and burdens at the foot of the Cross. I took His mantle upon me and felt burdened to send her a Christmas card.
That was the beginning of a restoration between us. I never knew the power of what God could do, and over the course of the last year or two He has restored our relationship to the point where it is almost as though nothing ever happened between us. All Praise and glory and honor to Him Who sits upon the Throne!