My friend, may I ask you a question? In a way, is marriage is like Glad Wrap? Does it seem we go into it clinging tightly to ourselves--our own ideas and opinions?
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I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
I’ve long had a problem with Glad Wrap. As careful as I am in pulling it out of the box and then gently trying to keep it from folding back on itself, seldom I’ve been able to prevent it from its natural tendency to cling to itself. Glad Wrap is a product that just doesn’t want to cooperate. Then, even when you’ve managed to pull out the right amount and un-cling the clinging, there’s always the problem of having to press it against the serrated edge of the box and tear it off. Glad Wrap never leaves the box easily. It wants to stay in the box, clinging tightly to itself. But, once you’ve got it in hand and wrapped around that sandwich, there’s nothing that clings tighter.
In a way, marriage is like Glad Wrap. We go into it clinging tightly to ourselves--our own ideas and opinions. It’s when we’re finally free of the box we’ve felt so comfortable in, that we find we do our best clinging.
Here’s a story: During his courtship with a young woman named Julia Dent, Ulysses S. Grant once took her out for a buggy ride. Coming to a flooded creek spanned by a flimsy bridge, Grant assured Julia that it was safe to cross. “Don’t be frightened,” he said. “I’ll look after you.” “Well,” replied Julia, “I shall cling to you whatever happens.” True to her word, she clung tightly to Grant's arm as they drove safely across. Grant drove on in thoughtful silence for a few minutes, then cleared his throat and said, “Julia, you said back there that you would cling to me whatever happened. Would you like to cling to me for the rest of our lives?” She would, and they were married in August 1848. (Source Unknown.)
We read in Proverbs that “He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 18:22). In today’s world we are often taught to believe that individual freedom is really what it’s all about. But, in reality, it’s really all about sharing and clinging to one another. Like Glad Wrap, it’s never easy to let go of ourselves and cling to someone else. By nature we are stubborn and uncooperative when it comes to sharing. But, like Glad Wrap, when the Lord has finally pulled out the clings and torn us loose from ourselves, there’s nothing that works better for holding a marriage together.
We pray. Heavenly Father. In today’s world we are often taught to believe that individual freedom is really what it’s all about. But, in reality, it’s really all about sharing and clinging to one another. Like Glad Wrap, it’s never easy to let go of ourselves and cling to someone else. Forgive us Lord when we become selfish and look to ourselves for all the answers. Help us to overcome our stubborn and uncooperative nature when it comes to sharing. But, like Glad Wrap, Lord, pull out the clings and tear us loose from ourselves. We know deep down that there’s nothing that works better for holding our marriage together than a relationship based on Your love and guidance. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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