In life, we move from the protective covering of our parents. Our children grow up, move out, and make lives of their own. Friends and extended family have messes of their own to contend with. As much as we would like to lean on them to help us get through the muddle, sometimes they just can’t. Or won’t. Or shouldn’t.
But the one physical constant we have through the messiness of life is our partner.
Anybody can be married when things are great. When money’s rolling in. When the kids are kicking butt, making grades, and doing you proud. When the job is stress-free. When your ride has the new car smell.
But we live in a broken world. We live every day under the sentence of death and everything that leads up to it. Our journey will be filled with questions pressing us from every side. Loneliness and darkness hover. The Enemy is always present.
What happens to your marriage when you get that phone call or that envelope or that email?
What happens to your marriage when death knocks at the door? What happens to your vows when disaster comes flirting? What happens to your “richer-poorer-sickness-health” promises when the unthinkable becomes reality? What happens to your love when fear or sadness grips your soul?
This is why we never take our marriages for granted. This is why we cultivate and nurture our life partnership. This is why we invest in communication and forgive constantly and put up protective walls.
And listen carefully to the Author of marriage.