“For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead. Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart is appalled within me” (Psalm 143:3-4).
Brad Edgar is a dear friend who was engaged to the woman he thought he’d spend the rest of his life with. But I discovered in counseling them that her heart was in other places. The ensuing breakup was utterly painful for Brad. He literally fell apart emotionally. He lost his appetite, lost too much weight, and lost his mental rationale. His life was a wreck. In the middle of the painful wilderness, he went to the edge of a cliff to take his life.
But when he got there, he was so weak from his sufferings that he collapsed on the precipice. He literally passed out. And Jesus met him there. Together they walked away from the cliff, hand in hand, side by side. That summer I introduced him to another amazing young lady. She was and is to this day the woman of his dreams. They raised amazing children together. They do ministry together. They’ll raise grandkids together. They’ll be in love until the day they die.