Friday, 17 September 2010

Marriage at the Macro Level

There is an old idiom that says, “I can’t see the forest for the trees.” In other words when you are looking too closely at a situation you need to step back and get a broader perspective.

I think this concept can apply to our marriages. I think it would be helpful if when we are vacuuming, disposing of a dirty diaper, mowing the grass, paying the bills or disciplining the children for the umpteenth time we remember that we have a much larger purpose than just existing day to day. Scripture says that “All things were created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16). Every mundane chore and irritation of life has a much grander purpose when we keep the macro perspective. If we are able to step back from the trees and see God’s plan unfolding in us it can give us a perspective that gives meaning and hope in the daily grind.

God’s purposes for marriage include His redemptive plan for our lives. It is the daily irritations of life that reveal our hearts and the person who is standing closest to us when our heart is revealed is usually our spouse. In a strong loving marriage your spouse is able to gently help you see your blind spots and short comings out of a pure motive to see you become more like Christ because he/she knows and trusts that you want to grow spiritually. This is one of God’s macro purposes for bringing us together in marriage.

Another of His purposes is to create light in a very dark world. What can be more counter cultural today than a marriage that is filled with love and fun and laughter. Or a marriage that goes through the hard and painful times of life with strength and hope. Isn’t this what the world is looking for? Wouldn’t the world do a double take if the divorce rate in the church dropped to 1% instead of being the same as the world? Even if we personally can’t change the divorce rate we can see our marriage as an instrument God can use to create a hunger in those we know who do not yet know Him.

These are just a couple of ways to step back from the trees and see the forest that God intends to be a lush, green, refreshing place that glorifies Him.

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