By now, we are all familiar with the Robertson Family, A & E network’s Duck Dynasty royalty.
Miss Kay, Willie and Jace have nearly become household names as they chronicle their lives as business owners and as members of a tight-knit family.
Theirs is large, happy, and functioning unit- full of quirks and resulting humor which makes them easily identifiable. But the Robertson’s are perhaps best-known for their Christian convictions. They are strong advocates for traditional family. And they are equally determined in their outlook on marriage
To look at the Robertson family, you might assume that theirs has been a “simple” journey of boy-meets-girl meets the American Dream.
But written behind the story-line of what we all see on television, is a back-story. A story of a 14 year-old girl,alone and vulnerable. Married at 16 to a 17 year-old boy, angry and addicted to alcohol. A girl kicked out of her house by this self-destructive husband, left to fend for herself and her three little boys.
A teenage-Mom, lost and found by God, when brought to the end of herself.
Kay Robertson vowed as a young woman, “I will FIGHT for this marriage”. And fight she did. Praying each night with her young sons, Kay begged God to change her husband’s heart. To work repentance into him. And over the course of months, God began to work in Phil. One day he showed up at the house where his family was living, wanting his family back.
He was changed.
As Phil Robertson claims of his new-found understanding of the Gospel: “It was profound. That Jesus had died, been buried and rose again. I had never heard that before”.
“I decided I was going to live as hard for God and my neighbor, as I had been living for the Evil One”.
Phil and Kay began working to put together a solid marriage. And Phil slowly began to earn his family’s trust. “Is the Devil is going to leave Dad this time?” the boys would ask at times, insecure in their trust of their Daddy. But Phil and Kay persevered. And slowly, they built a family.
“It takes a lot of time to learn the fruits of the Spirit: to be patient and kind”, Kay acknowledges. But God was with them in their “fight”. And ultimately, His love won.
Phil and Kay have been married now for 47 years now. And Kay still calls Phil the “love of my life”.
Yesterday, I wrote about the ease with which divorce is handled in our culture. But today, a journey of a nearly-broken marriage, redeemed by a gracious Savior.
Phil and Kay Robertson’s story is inspiring, because ultimately, their is a story of all of us.
Of being lost, and then found by God’s incredible, saving grace.