Monday, January 18, 2010

What If...

What if these financial burdens were not as overbearing as they are?
What if we really had the time we wanted to make our relationship stronger?
What if our children grow up to love and serve the Lord?

What if we were married as believers and living in Haiti?

We have the luxury to work through and deal with many issues that we face daily. We even have the freedom to whine about how bad things are and how our marriage and service to Christ could be a lot better if we didn't have such pressing pains. Life is hard.

Then I turn on the T.V.

Husbands and wives within a moment of time lost everything. Their homes and their children. Some marriages were literally torn in two when a collapsed building took a partner's life. Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are going through the unimaginable right now. They don't have the privilege of sitting in a comfortable home with all the trappings talking about the future for their children and themselves.

All they can do is mourn and cry out for God's mercy.

I say this not to promote guilt but to call us to do more than survive. We must hold fast and intimately to each other and the promises of God. What would you do? What would I do? What holds our marriage together today so that we have hope for our tomorrows and even during the tragedies of life? The promises of God which are fulfilled in Christ have to be more than token verses on our refrigerators. We need His promises in all of life and in death.

"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8

Pray for the church in Haiti . Pray for the gospel in your own marriage.


k80 @ onegirlsjourney said...

great post. thank you

Flo said...

I love the wisdom of your last sentence. Preach it, brother!

bwsmith said...

Good question:
What if we were married as believers and living in Haiti?