There are more varieties of trees in North Carolina than in any other state in America. During three months of fall, over five million people pump a billion dollars of income into the state as they come to experience the kaleidoscope of color in the trees.
And then it happened. On August 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene hit the Outer Banks, resulting in 58 deaths and $14 billion in damage. Tons of saltwater poured into the lower forests of North Carolina, wiping out 21,000 acres of trees. The effects of this devastating event can still be seen today.
To the betrayed spouse, relapse feels like a hurricane. The effects don’t disappear just because the storm goes back out to sea. Sometimes, it takes years for the wounded husband or wife to recovery. And for some, the scars never go away.
If you are a sex addict, remember that the next time you even think about sacrificing the heart of your spouse for a moment of pleasure.
Recovery Step: If you are the addict, keep your temptations offshore. If you are the wounded spouse, let God be your “refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain” (Isaiah 4:6).