“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
I know in my life many times I forget just how much a part of me my wife really is. As I struggle through life’s daily challenges, I forget that I am not struggling alone but that God created my wife to be there at my side and one with me.
The other day I went out to the greenhouse where my wife had been working on cleaning out the dead plants and getting them ready for the next season. I joined in and as we worked together, I noticed a change in our outlook on the challenge at hand. The job became less of a struggle and more of a joy. We were behaving just as God intended man and wife to be, as one.
When we live like we are alone we both miss out on God’s perfect plan for us but when we live as He intended us to be, one flesh, together in unison – that is when the beauty of marriage can shine. This principle applied to the garden of life will work just the same as it did in our backyard garden.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What are some things that your parents modeled for you in working together as a couple?
- If you’re married, what’s something you and your spouse enjoy working on together?
- What are some ways that you can spend more time together, growing as a couple?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?