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Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)
TITLE: Naive Parallels
By Lizzy Ainsworth
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Do you remember the days of your courtship, when you waited for every phone call, every visit and finally the wedding itself? I do not need to remember; I am right in the middle of it and by the time our wedding comes around, will have been for four years.
I like to be well prepared for whatever situation I find myself in, and so I have nearly read every Christian book and blog on the topic of dating, courting, weddings and I've just started on marriage. I have heard the pastors talk to their congregations and ask them to remember how they felt about their fiance back in the day and how our walk with God should be similar; a passionate love affair.
One lady had told me recently that in marriage much love is sacrificial and while it is not always the case, sometimes making love had to be a sacrificial act on one person's behalf for the other.
God began to show me how our relationship with Him corresponds like a marriage relationship.
My days lately have been very busy. I wake up at 6:00am, and read my Bible for ten minutes, barely a passable breakfast, I eat my natural breakfast, shower, gather up my lunch and everything else I need and walk out the door to drive 40 minutes to town to start work at 7:30. I love my job, and have just started full time after only ever having worked as a casual so it is a bit of an adjustment. I finally finish between 5:30 and 6 and drive home, arriving at 7:00.
My siblings want to see, Mum and Dad have jobs for me, we eat tea, my boyfriend rings, I have work to do on the community magazine I am editor for in our shire, and somewhere in the middle of that God is tapping on my shoulder; 'Hey Honey.'
Perhaps I am na´ve and do not know the reality of it all. I know one thing; when I get away from all the distractions and sit down with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, an exchange takes place, a joining together of spirits. I can see the parallel to marriage, a sacrifice for the sake of higher destiny.
When I am lying in bed lonely while I am still single, I should reach over to God and say 'Hey Honey, what's going on over there?' I am sure He is just longing for me to do that, and perhaps it is all good training for marriage.
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