A Threefold Cord Is Not Quickly Broken
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV)
There is something different about a God-centered relationship, something powerful. Something so threatening that the enemy will do whatever it takes to try and undermine it. Thankfully, the enemy will fail.
I’ve never experienced something like this before, to be with someone who loves and seeks God as much (if not more) than I do. And when I think about that famous verse in Ecclesiastes, I love the image that it presents. A person alone is an easy target. Two together is stronger. But it’s only when the two are tied together with God in between them – the threefold cord, that it’s hard for the enemy to break you.
I woke up around 3am for the second night in a row. When I woke up, God had placed an idea on my head – that for some reason I should BBM my girlfriend in Hong Kong to remind her that she’s beautiful and that I was thinking about her. So I messaged her. Turns out, it was perfect God timing…[click “Read More” below to continue]
She wrote me back right away. “You won’t believe it,” she said, “but this is such perfect timing. Right when you wrote me, I was being spiritually attacked and discouraged. For no reason, a guy friend on MSN was telling me how he didn’t think you were right for me – how it’s impossible for a cat to change its stripes, and if you were one way before you’re not going to be able to change. How we wouldn’t make it to see even 3 months. And not only that but my ex boyfriend had started messaging me too – completely out of the blue – and he didn’t even have my BBM anymore! But your message broke me out of all that and lifted everything off of me!”
Apparently all of this was happening right when God woke me up with that idea to give her some affirmation. I had no idea at all – but it was just the right message at just the right time.
I was in such a good mood from how God intervened to protect and encourage her that I started typing some nonsense on BBM, making a joke about how far away Hong Kong was from Los Angeles.
“You know that old Irish song,” I typed, “‘My bonnie lies over the ocean….my bonnie lies over the sea…”
But before I could finish she quickly replied “So bring back my bonnie to me!”
I was surprised. “How did you know that song?” I laughed. “That’s so random. Didn’t you grow up in Malaysia?”
“My dad used to sing that song to me when I was little,” she said. We laughed.
I couldn’t help but think – how amazing and tender and loving our God is. That not only does He intervene to protect our relationship and ward off the attacks and lies of the enemy in His perfect timing, but out of nowhere – He gives me a song to sing to her that I hadn’t thought of in years. And that song just so happens to be the one that her dad used to sing to her when she was a kid. Out of all the songs in the world, this was the one God gave to me in that moment.
What a great reminder that God knows us inside and out, loves us to the last drop. He’ll sometimes remind us of how well He truly knows us, remind us of things we don’t even really remember or think about anymore. But our Heavenly Father is a doting one – He keeps a huge scrapbook of every last detail we grew up with, and on the cover there’s two huge words written on it “PROUD FATHER.”
And who better to look out for our relationship than that?
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