Last Fall, I decided that I needed to implement some changes in the “romance department” where my marriage is concerned. Just being candid, I lacked in the area of expressing my feelings……
I have never been the type of wife to send her husband a text or email once an hour to say, hey I love you, or to encourage him. I think we as women crave romance from our husbands, but we often forget that they desire the same thing!
Nervously, I got out my cell phone and sent my husband Rick the following text: You R a hunk! Thinking of u & I can’t wait 2 snuggle & get a hold of your lips! I got a prize waiting for u when u get home:) Love , Bev
Within minutes, I began to fidget at my desk waiting eagerly for his response . I knew my text would blow his mind, I just prayed it wouldn’t give him a heart attack! The clock ticked, minutes passed and it seemed like hours. Finally, I heard the “DING” sound for the incoming message and scuffled to pick up the cell phone which displayed the following reply.
Dear Bev, I am sure you intended to send this message to your husband & not to me, although I did get excited!
At that very moment I dropped the phone and screamed out , “LORD HELP ME!”
I had inadvertently sent the message to the last person I had dialed that morning. He was a contractor ( which just happened to be single), who I had called that morning to request his consideration in signing a proposal that I had submitted to his company. My office buddies gathered around my desk and laughed and joked about that one for days! Afterwards, every time I spoke with that contractor he would giggle, and he never once let me forget that incident.
Have you ever done something FOOLISH? I mean down right embarrassing, let me cover my face foolish? I am reminded there will be days in my Christian walk with God, when I take a stand for my Lord, that I may appear to some to look foolish. Some of you are undoubtedly feeling that way even now as you take a stand for your marriages. Your friends are saying “Are you crazy? Drop Him!”, but yet you continue to stand on the word of God and claim his promises. Maybe you are looking foolish because you have been praying day and night for a breakthrough in your finances, your job, a relationship with someone in your family or at your church, all the while the people you admire most are laughing at you.
Can you imagine just how foolish Noah and his sons appeared to look when God told Noah to build the ark. That boat was 450 ft. long (the length of 1.5 football fields) 75 ft. wide and 45 ft. high (about the height of a five-story building). His neighbors and closest friends gathered around and they laughed their heads off.” Hey Noah, are you crazy!! There ain’t but so many trout over there in that water. You foolish man building a boat this big! Oh and Noah, how do you expect to drag it to the water?” But Noah was obedient to God, he began to share how there was going to be a great flood and how they needed to repent. I bet there was a whole lot of gossiping and giggling until those first dark clouds rolled in!
There will be times when we as Christians look FOOLISH, BUT most of those times will be because we are doing God’s will, doing God’s work. Dare to look foolish.
“For as the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away….” Matthew 24:38-39