My wife and I recently celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary; all credit to Jesus. We went to the Glenwood Springs, CO. This is a video of our time at Glenwood Springs Adventure Park. I will spare the attempt to analogize anything here…like how marriage is similar to an amusement park; the excitement, the thrills, the terror, the candy, the queasiness, the ups, the downs, the adventure. I promise I won’t do that here.
I will type a bit about marriage though. Some thoughts as they come. First of all, I wasn’t kidding…we credit our marriage to Jesus. When speaking to my cousin about our being married for 10 years, my wife said something I find very profound. She said, “It takes more than love.” Wow…MORE than love? Yeah. More than love, it takes Jesus.
Overall, I would say I have pretty much sucked at marriage with only a few moments of exception. As the past 10 years have gone I have failed in so many ways. However, I feel like as the mercy of God has allowed for the time to understand His plan and design of marriage, and as He has continued to reveal and unfold His purposes in it, I have come to take on a radically different view of it…many times over.
I can’t believe how selfish I have been at times. I can’t believe how badly I have missed the point the majority of the time. I can remember how defensive I would get when I felt like my wife was “trying to change me.” Wow. What is that individualist thinking. If you have a fear of being changed…marriage is not for you. If you have a fear of being changed…Christianity is definitely not for you! That’s the whole point!!! Of all of it!!! Of the marriage, of the Gospel…salvation, sanctification.
The church is the “Bride of Christ.” And like Israel that we have been grafted into, we often play the harlot and seek after other gods. Gods of idolatry, gods of self. If you view marriage as a means of securing happiness and fulfillment in life, you have made it into an idol, and you are not going to have a good time. Marriage…like true, as its intended Christianity….is death. Of course I am being somewhat facetious, but they are both a “dying to self.” It can be a painful, scary process…and it is beautiful. The two, our terrestrial marriage to our spouse, and our celestial marriage to Christ, relate to and support each other intimately. Marriage is an amazing spiritual gift. To thick headed (or rather, thick hearted) guys like me…it is a constant object lesson. I have gleaned so much about Christ’s ultimate purpose of “reconciliation” from being married. Quite clearly my marriage has been a reflection of my relationship to Jesus. When I have wondered away from Jesus, I wondered away in my marriage. When I failed to see the size and scope and beauty of what Jesus has done for me, I had no chance of seeing the size and scope and beauty of my marriage.
Alright…all that being said, this is a simple video of a great day. We had planned to go to this amusement park the day before, but that day…after a whole summer of drought…it rained all day. The next day it didn’t look any better and were to go home that evening. So…we just decided to go for it and figured we would enjoy it as best we could. It was cludy and even drizzly…until about noon…then, the clouds broke and the sun was shining. It was an incredible day! Beautiful! I thank God so much for Colorado. We had a blast. It meant so much to me that we could go and just have fun. I won’t go into all the ways our world is growing darker and colder and slipping further and further into chaos and confusion. The world is slipping into delusion. You get lies from the news and “truth” from movies these days. Good is more and more being portrayed as evil, as evil is being more and more propagandized as good. Woe to this generation…and the next if there be one. But in this darkness shines One incredibly high and above all of it.
This is where my words run out…when I consider man, and what we are capable of, our poisonous hearts, and then consider God, and what He has done and continues to do…it doesn’t make any sense. Why are we given days like October 23, 2015 at the Glenwood Springs Adventure Park. Paul Washer made this point clear to me in his teachings a few years back. Why do we always accuse and slander God when bad things happen questioning, “Where was God during such and such?” and “Why do bad things happen to good people?” When, in fact, when compared to God’s true, perfect goodness…there are no good people. The idea that deep down man is good and he just has to realize it is a myth…heck, we could even call it gnosticism. The true question is, “Why do good things happen at all?” Given the condition of my heart apart from God, and my breaking of His Laws, and even my going against my own conscience He gifted me with, why do I get anything good at all? This is where my words run out. All I can offer Him is my thanks and obedience…my life.