They’d been in the ER for hours. Every so often Sandra would lean over and kiss his searing brow as if to cool it, or maybe, to comfort herself. Her husband, Geoffrey, was clinging to life with a severe infection.
Sandra waited hopefully, feeling strangely euphoric as she reflected on how lucky she was to have so much to lose. He was her rock, her mystery, the love of her life.
Just yesterday, while sitting before a romantic fire, Geoffrey picked up the stubby end of an indigo crayon and a ragged piece of paper. He drew a hangman’s noose and the dotted lines of a secret message. Sandra grinned.
Geoffrey rolled the crayon toward her so that she could use it to guess letters. Sandra got the first few wrong. One by one he drew a head, a body, both legs and two arms.
"Give up?" he mouthed, before filling in the puzzle: “You complete me!” it read.
Sandra swept away the mess and snuggled in close. They’d been married for over 18 years. That meant she woke up beside him over 6,500 times. And whether one or both of them rushed out the door with the kids or they savored the intimacy of their last few horizontal minutes together, their mornings always kicked off the same way: with a kiss and synchronized “I love you’s!”
They discussed everything – especially the hard stuff. They trusted each other completely; assured that neither would abandon the other in the face of anger, conflict or even sickness.
Sandra placed her lips again to Geoffrey’s sleeping forehead and felt a welcome coolness. She sank deeply into the armchair. Tension that’d robbed her of rest melted away; her prayers answered.
Successful couples don’t have a magic formula or aren’t simply better matched. They keep their eye on the prize – a loving relationship, by constantly working at nourishing their marriage. They never take each other for granted, always blessed by the wonder of their union. They’re slow to anger, quick to forgive, and leave no tracks of resentment.
God wants us to experience the same kind of relationship with Him. Those who know Him have a sense of desperation for fellowship with Him. He’s not simply a priority; he is the priority. God wants us to trust, admire and love Him with every cell in our bodies just as we might feel with our closest human relationships.
Perhaps the most profound unity we can have with God is when we share His work. Whether that means praying for someone He loves, leading by His example, or bringing a message of hope to someone who’s been wounded, there is nothing like doing God’s will on earth.
Lord, take me deeper. I don’t know how to worship You like Mary did, but I want to learn. I want more of You in my life. I want You to be the object of my affection and all my devotions. Amen