Monday, 13 December 2010

What If Clark Kent Had Married Lois Lane?

How well do we think the mighty man of steel would have done as a husband and father? Marriage may have made leaping tall buildings at a single bound and bending steel in his bare hands look like child’s play.

If you let your mind run amuck you can conjure up all kinds of goofy scenarios. If you could eavesdrop you might have heard:
“Clark, I’m not going to tell you again, stop wearing the cape to bed.”
“Clark, I just said take out the garbage, I didn’t mean take it to Jupiter.”
“Lois, are you certain there was no kryptonite in the oatmeal?”
Teacher to principle, “I’m afraid the child is delusional, he thinks his father can fly.”
“Clark, I love to go out to dinner with you but do we have to take that phone booth everywhere we go?
“Lois, have you seen my blue tights? I thought I put them in the wash?”

One of the powers that would come in most handy in marriage was Superman’s ability to turn back time by speeding around the earth in reverse. If after hearing a hurtful word come out of our mouths we could turn back time to before it was uttered. Fortunately God has provided something that works even better – it’s called grace. “As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” He chooses to forget. In a healthy marriage there is a lot of choosing to forget.

Unfortunately you and I don’t have the ability to erase those things that we say or do, those things we wish we could take back. However we do have the ability to make things somewhat better moving forward. When we come before the Lord with a repentant heart and ask Him to forgive us for our careless words or actions He does so immediately. In actuality He had already forgiven us but the process of repentance restores a right relationship with Him. By then going to the person that we injured and asking them to forgive us we can potentially restore or strengthen our relationship on the person to person level.

God’s approach requires humility and a dependence upon Him for the strength to do what is right. As difficult as I find God’s plan, in reality it is easier than flying backwards, at least for me.

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