Thursday, 9 May 2013

Words of Wisdom

Van Walton
I found a posting from Van Walton of Proverbs 31 Ministries to be very powerful.  She recounted a time when she and her husband were at a wedding reception.  The couples were on the dance floor and the DJ broke in and asked those couples who had been married less than a year to leave the floor.  He proceeded to weed out the crowd in ten year increments.  By the time he reached forty years of marriage there were only three couples left, Van and her husband being one of them.  When asked about the secret of their success Van was quite candid in her response.  They, as a couple, struggled like most couples.  They had their share of conflict, disappointments, etc.  Then Van said the following:

“When I wanted to criticize my husband for offenses real and imagined, I read that love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5).

When I felt lonely, I read that God was with me (Zephaniah 3:17).

When I thought I was right and my husband was wrong, I read that I shouldn't think too highly of myself (Romans 12:2-4).

When the daily grind of work, chores, errands drained me and my wild heart longed for more, I read that when I leaned on the Lord, through Him, I could get through anything (Philippians 4:13)”

 She found that in her moments of weakness she could be strong in Christ.  She determined that her best counselor was the Word of God.  Her life verse became

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 (NAS)

I found myself wanting to know whether her husband was also strong in his faith; whether he was a spiritual leader in the home; whether he was quick to seek the wisdom of God’s Word when he felt misunderstood, alone and tired.  But Van spoke only for Van, for obviously she realizes that she is responsible for how she responds to what life brings her way.  She cannot change her husband or control how he chooses to deal with life’s challenges.  She concluded her article with the following prayer:

“Father God, You alone are perfect. Help me to keep my eyes on You. I know that no one is an easy forever-partner. Remind me daily to curb my critical spirit. Teach me to see my husband through Your eyes. In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.”

 

 

 

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