By Dennis Rainey
On a family vacation in Yosemite National Park, we were fascinated and awed by the magnificent redwoods. As we walked among the forest giants, we came to what appeared to be a huge redwood tree about 40 feet in diameter.
We were puzzled, however, by the sign at the base of the tree, which read, “The Faithful Couple.” This looked like it was a single tree, not two.
A ranger explained that some 1500 years ago, two trees had sprouted as seedlings on the forest floor about 15 feet apart. For several hundred years, the two trees had grown individually, but as they got larger, their trunks grew closer and closer together.
Sometime around the age of 800 years, the trunks literally touched, and they began fusing together as one tree. There they stood throughout the centuries—the Faithful Couple.
I thought to myself, What a perfect symbol of a marriage that knows oneness in Christ and spiritual vitality! As two people sink their roots deep by following Christ, studying Scripture, and responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit, they also grow together as one—a faithful couple.
Marriage first and foremost is a spiritual relationship. It works best when two people are connected individually to God, walking with Him, obeying Him, and praying as individuals and as a couple.
Spiritual intimacy will draw you closer as a couple … and it will help you stand strong in every season that comes.
The good stuff: Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)
Action point(s): Make a point to get in some God-time with your spouse. One idea is to schedule a time to pray and read Scripture with your spouse at least once a week. It doesn’t have to be long, but it should be intentionally set aside time to be present with the Lord together.
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