Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I Love My Man!

For nearly 20 years, I have been basking in a wonderful marriage. I just thought I would drop a line of encouragement to you ladies to notice all of the great qualities your husband possesses and be full of thankfulness for these things. Secondly, reflect on the ways that you have learned more about the way God loves you through experiencing the ways your husband expresses his love as well.

I am continually amazed at how completely my husband show his love, how supportive he is, how encouraging he is, and how he chooses to see the good qualities I have. It is very humbling and so secure to be able to know you are loved, just as you are, right where you are and there's no need to ever doubt that love.

I well know all the selfishness and shortcomings of my heart and I know that after so many years, my husband does too. Yet, he chooses to lavish me with this wonderful and unconditional love which continues to slowly ebb away all the ugly faults that I have.

"They" say that we tend to project our ideas of our heavenly Father through the lens of what our relationship was with our earthly father. I know that is true in my case. But, the love I have been given through my husband has nurtured and molded a much better, healthier perspective of the kind of love the Lord has for me. And to think, what my husband gives is flawed and tainted, yet God uses it to show His love to me anyway. How much more perfect and satisfying is that love!

What a beautiful reflection of our union with Christ when we live out a healthy marriage relationship. I pray any of you reading this will see the love of your husband with fresh eyes and a heart full of gratitude.

If you truly cannot see what there is to be thankful for, because things have become so broken and painful, then I pray for the strength to love your husband with the love of Christ. As long as someone is willing to give such selfless love, it is inevitable that the other will eventually respond and follow suit.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." I Corinthians 13:13

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At the Intersection of Creation and Evolution: A Dream

The alliterating story below is based on a dream I had several years ago. Please contact me for permission to reproduce.

Darkness devours me.

I am enveloped in emptiness.

Are my eyes open or are they closed? I strain against this shroud of night and still see nothing.

What is this place?

An image illuminates in front of me. A large, leafy tree streaks past and vanishes.

It deserts me to the darkness again.

In a moment, more images appear. A rapid succession of snapshots and thoughts clamor before my eyes and mingle in my mind.

I see seedlings. Several supple shoots have emerged before me and then swiftly stream away.

“The first trees on earth were not seedlings”, my mind observes. “They were not created as small insignificant saplings.”

That thought is rapidly replaced with a vision of a man.

He’s maybe 30; he is muscular and needs to shave.

He fades away.

In his place I see an infant.

A tiny bundle of pink skin upon a soft blanket flickers briefly in my brain.

“Man was created with age,” is the next statement I hear. “Adam did not begin his life as a baby, he began as a grown man.”

The voice seems like my own.

The thoughts do not.

Reeling before me now is a blur of rivers, forests, mountains and even layers of the earth. It is like a movie rushing rapidly before my retina.

The soundtrack of this epic is proclaiming a peculiarly plain concept:

“The earth was created with age. Creation and evolution are not in total opposition. There is a reason that science finds the earth to be quite old: it was made that way.”

Thoughts continue to tumble through my mind; pictures parade before me. I listen in amazement to what seems to be puzzlingly profound and yet rather apparent all at once.

“Adam was created as an adult. Trees and plants were made fully grown.”

I suddenly feel quite certain that, if I were to chop down some of the trees that had been spoken into existence, I would find a range of rings running through their trunks.

“The earth was brought to life with age built into it… just like Adam. He did not begin life as an infant. The earth came into being with what it would need to sustain the life that was created. It was old when it was young. The world was
made with maturity; it was also produced with purpose.”

These thoughts are thrilling. Why had I not seen this before? It seems so simple. Obtusely obvious. Had others not observed this correlation? If they had, why wasn’t it being candidly conveyed?

In the span of thirty seconds I have been ravaged by a radical revelation. I feel the weight of its worth resting on me; it is tantamount to tangible.

I am neither a theologian nor am I a scientist. I don’t claim that the ethics of evolution are completely compatible with the Bible’s account of creation. But certainly Science can come concurrent to creation and affirm our faith with facts.

Of course, the Omnipotent Originator of the Universe is exceedingly elusive to what our mind could ever envision. Above what science could ever extensively elucidate.

Accordingly, creation is confounding too. Each diverse discovery deems it more marvelous to grasp. Many scientists have reluctantly relented to the theory of Intelligent Design.

That’s why, alongside those facts, we also need faith.

Lying inexplicably at the intersection of those two essential elements is an exceptional endowment: the intermittent insight of our dreams.