I saw a post today of ‘popular Bible teacher, author and televangelist Joyce Meyer and her husband, Dave Meyer’ as they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Because I love love, when I saw their wedding picture, I smiled, and almost immediately I saw myself, and here’s why.
Their love story didn’t start off like most. In fact, it seemed as if there was no love at all. Mr. Meyer tells the story of pulling up in a friends’ yard when he saw the future Mrs. Meyer washing a car. Jokingly, he said he asked her to wash his. Needless to say, she gave him the business, but it was at that moment that he realized she was the girl for him.
What’s funny is that a few months before, he’d prayed and asked God to send him someone that needed help. And wouldn’t you know it? God sent him Ms. Joyce!
The thing about it, is that at the time, she had a small son and was coming out of an ugly divorce. Ordinarily, you’d think that’s what he meant by help. But that’s not the half of it.
Ms. Joyce had been sexually abused, by her father, her entire childhood. Things got so bad, that one night an officer found them on side of the road, having sex with his daughter. When the officer pressed him about her identity, Ms. Joyce said that he told the officer he could have at her, in exchange for letting him go. Thankfully, the officer received a call and sped away. Now you can better understand the help she would need. By the time she turned 18, she married the first man that showed her any interest, just so she could leave the abuse. And one prayer and a few years later, she meets the man she would spend the rest of her life with.
The fact that this man prayed and asked God to send him someone that needed help, is unfathomable. But the fact that God used this good man to love her beyond her sexual trauma is nothing short of a miracle. What’s more miraculous is that his love undergirded her international call to ministry. And what’s even more miraculous about their love is that together, they were able to impact millions of lives, of whom I am one.
The fact that there are men out there who don’t shy away from the harsh realities of a person’s past is so good. The fact that God sent Ms. Joyce a good man, a real good man who would love, take care of, protect, and silently support her is something that gives me hope and is why I saw myself. That’s because there has to be someone who can love me beyond my good, my bad, my ugly and my trauma. I mean if God did it for Ms. Joyce, certainly He can do it for me…and you! So why not I agree with you and you agree with me. 2022 is going to be the year that we meet our Dave, and/or Joyce Meyer’s. In Jesus’ name.
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