>I’m a bit of a Ravi Zacharias fanatic. Maybe fanatic is a bit much but the guy gets me started just about every time I listen to him. One particular quote that I’ve held on to and use when sharing with folks getting married is this one:
Marriage means handing over yourself, your body, your future, your keeping, to the one whom you deeply love. Although this person may in many ways may remain a stranger. This tremendous act of faith is something that can unlock in each lover, powers of compassion, generosity, joy, passion, fidelity, and hope that no one guessed was even there. That is why the confidence of young lovers is not foolish or arrogant but an expression of a basic fact in human experience that the greatest of human gifts are set to work only when people are prepared to risk everything.
And first you risk it before God.
I may be biased but I believe marriage is perhaps one of the clearest areas where you really begin to define love like God does. We say we love and perhaps we do but it is when you are forced to be vulnerable that you find out that love is as I define it:
love gives, for no reward, even when it is not deserved.
Marriage has a way of doing that. A vulnerability that given enough time reaps fruit unexpected and yields rewards never considered. It transcends everything common to society (instant gratification, vein expectation, fickle participation) and rewards the earnest with something you never thought you wanted but upon receiving it consider how you ever made it without. Sounds kind of like salvation. Perhaps that is why Paul uses that analogy of marriage with Christ and the Church.
So here is the question. What has marriage provided for you that was once unknown? If you’re not married what are you expecting to be married?
And on another note:
HVAC Franks just took the PE exam so we’ll give him another day to debrief. Then we will all marvel by the magnificent words that will fall on our computer screens like manna.