15 Jul For and To His Glory
Call me strange or just inquisitive, but I’m often amazed by the world surrounding me. I like to stand in a typical place, at a typical time, and simply wait. Wait until I observe something different than what I would normally find. I like taking different routes home just to gain a different perspective. This is part of my DNA. I’m sure my mother appreciated my inquisitiveness when I started taking apart household electronics to see their guts displayed, rendering them inoperable but at the same time intensely fascinating to me.
This curiosity extends from the physical world and into the spiritual world. I identify so richly with the parables Jesus told to His followers—the honest truth being laid out in story, ready to engage those who are willing; calling out for exploration and, ultimately, a deeper expression of our relationship with God. Such stories hold God’s undying invitation to us to, as C.S. Lewis said, “Come further up, come further in!”
Marriage is also an invitation. Its majestic mystery is not easily explained through common language, but it tells a beautiful story about the greatness of God.
One day it hit me: marriage is one of the greatest expressions of God’s glory, yet we have dismantled and deconstructed it down into something small. The vision for marriage is infinitely larger than any human mind can comprehend, and it’s meant to be painted as an expansive, majestic picture of God’s glory.
I love art. Love looking at it. One of my favorite artists is Albert Bierstadt. His painting A Storm in the Rocky Mountains is how I imagine God painting the vast image of marriage.
Adventurous and grand, God paints every marriage with the detail of a master’s touch and the glory of a master’s vision. Imagine God, with infinite delight, deciding that marriage would be a brilliant representation of His glory!
Instead of meeting this vision, we’ve taken all the paints and combined them into a muddy mess. But it’s not our place to whittle marriage down into anything other than what it was created to be. It’s time to paint our marriages in unique and vibrant colors, displaying God’s truth, beauty, worth, and greatness.
PROLOGUE is a series of free messages on marriage by members of the Messenger International team.