When I was writing last months column I came across
this little commentary in my bible. I thought many of
you would enjoy this view. I had enjoyed reading it
and it did give me a lot to think about. So as you
read it I hope you also can be a witness to Gods
strength in your marriage. It is entitled "Superglue"
Superglue works. Once two items are glued together,
separation becomes a painful, sticky mess.
Paper tears and fabric frays if you divide the two pieces that
have melded into one. Once separated, the original
items are never the same-each inevitably retains
fragments of the other. Think of two pieces of paper
glued together-after they've been torn apart, each
piece is ragged and weak. That's why superglue comes
with a label advising the consumer to use extreme
caution when handling it.
We might think of marriage as something like God's
superglue because it weaves two lives intricately into
one. After this blessed blending, attempts at
separation cause irreparable damage. Hearts break,
commitments crumble and families split. God's
intertwining of husband and wife extends to children,
friends and families related to the union. God's word
also provides a strong warning: "What God has joined
together, let no man separate."
When Ruth Bell was a teenage girl, she left her
childhood home in China to attend school in Korea. Her
idea of the future? She fully intended to be an old
maid missionary in Tibet. However, she did give the
thought of a husband some serious consideration. So
she wrote the following list of particulars:
"If I marry: He must be so tall that when he is on
his knees, as one who said, he reaches to heaven. His
shoulders must be broad enough to bear the burden of a
family. His lips must be strong enough to smile, firm
enough to say no, and tender enough to kiss. Love must
be so deep that it takes its stand in Christ and so
wide that it takes the whole lost world in. He must be
active enough to save souls. He must be big enough to
be gentle and great enough to be thoughtful. His arms
must be strong enough to carry a little child."
Ruth eventually found a man who fit her
qualifications; she married evangelist Billy Graham.
Ruth and Billy Graham realize that their marriage has
endured the test of time not because they are perfect
people, but because God is at the center of their
It takes a supernatural empowerment and a
determined effort on the part of both husband and wife
to keep the bond of marriage strong. Only through
God's strength can couples remain "superglue"
together. As Solomon wisely said, "A cord of three
strands is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes )
The scripture also used in this commentary is from
Well, friends I hope you enjoyed this. These were
some very powerful statements. But your marriage is
scared in God's eyes and He has brought you together
for a reason. If you look to God, He will reveal to
you the qualities in each other that form a unity with
Him. Think of this question as you both reflect on
your own marriage. "Make a list of some practical ways
as a couple, how you can stick together when the world
tries to pull you apart?"
The bible I used for the commentary was New
International Version "NEW WOMAN'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE".
The writer unknown in the commentary. I also welcome
your comments or questions. So stop by for a visit.
Until next month, God bless you and your marriages