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Wild Petunias

There is a new running/biking lane along the road just outside my neighborhood, so I decided to give it a test run last week. I drive this stretch of road numerous times a day—whizzing by in one direction then the other, rarely noticing anything of interest. Well, during my run I was caught off guard by the wild, purple petunias blooming just off the sidewalk. The hum of the cicadas provided a soundtrack to the crazy number of grasshoppers propelling themselves at insane heights as they anticipated my approach. It was marvelous. 

I drive this stretch of road every day and have never looked or listened closely enough to experience the wonder, to appreciate the beauty, to marvel at the marvelous. That can happen in our marriages, too. We can become so dulled to the familiar that we miss the fabulous right before our eyes. Our interactions with our spouses can become so rushed and routine that we fail to notice the qualities that attracted us from the start.

Scripture is clear about the fact we can physically see something without perceiving it. As the book of Isaiah prophesied, many of Jesus’s contemporaries saw Him completely fulfill every Old Testament law and prophecy but did not understand Him to be the promised Savior. Jesus explains in Matthew 13:15 that this happens when our hearts become calloused. We can see our spouses and our marriages with new eyes when we allow Him to guide our attentions. When we listen to His voice concerning our marriages, we just may hear Him say, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland…” (Isaiah 43:19).

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