Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to everyone!  I’m a little late posting this because there was no Wi-Fi in the RV Park we stayed at as promised on their website.  So I’m doing this as we arrive home from our weekend in Orlando late in the afternoon.

Last night I had no idea what I was going to write about.  First of all, let me tell you that my word processing program is not working right and I can’t open a new file.  I have to add on to an already saved file.  I’m sure some of you immediately know how to remedy this, but unless you send me a message, I will spend numerous hours figuring it out on my own.

What’s funny, or more of what I’d call a ‘Godincident’, (my preferred word for coincident),  I found a file titled “God’s sense of humor” and thought I’d check it out.  Maybe that would give me some ideas.

I couldn’t believe it when I started reading it.  It started out with Rick and me just returning from an RV park in Orlando - Labor Day weekend of last year.  We went there to see our kids and I commented that why else would we go to Orlando on Labor Day weekend? (I hate Disney World crowds and traffic.)

What are the chances of me opening that particular file out of all the hundreds of files I have on my computer? I knew I had to reuse part of this posting.

From Labor Day, 2009
As I reflected back on my own youth and lack of knowledge about relationships at that time, I realized how far God had brought me.  I also realized that God has quite a sense of humor, joining man and woman together as husband and wife.  We ARE from different planets!

I mean, let’s face it, if we had known then what we know now, many of us may never have married!   Fortunately, God uses our ignorance to hide the parts about each other that would overwhelm an innocent beginning.  Ignorance is certainly bliss to a person in that initial stage of love that leads to marriage.

Would I really want to spend the rest of my life with someone who doesn’t see clutter and dirt the same way I do?  Or doesn’t hear half of what I’m saying unless I’m in his face and have voiced my desires two or three times?  Or engrosses himself so completely in the computer or television that he wouldn’t notice me dancing naked around him? Or doesn’t notice how upset I feel about a careless comment he made?

Maybe that’s why couples who live together first are less likely to marry.  They experience that dirty little secret, the difficulties of living together as man and wife, before they marry.  Without the promise and commitment of marriage, why would you want to continue?

Marriage is a sacred bond, a life-long conviction.  Yow, that sounds like a prison sentence - conviction.  Conviction also means, firmly held belief.  It’s deeper than commitment.  Promises and commitments can be broken.   When you are convicted of something, it should go deep to your very soul, never to change or vary.  We need to feel convicted of our commitment to our marriage, through better and through worse.  Without it, you may walk out the door and miss out on the best things that will ever happen to you.

No comments: