One Marriage

I am lucky and humbled to be married to my wife Christie. We’re coming up on two years this August. When we exchanged vows on our wedding day (which happens to fall on my birthday—lucky for me!), we entered into a union that bonded us on all levels, including spiritually. Our hearts were knit as one. I’ve never imagined intimacy with another person could be as beautiful. The discovery of forgiveness and sacrifice, patience and longsuffering, the sharing of our hearts’ desires and the dreams and ambitions, our hopes put before us both, our needs met together, the reciprocity of romance (one definition of romance means loosely the sharing of the impossibility of a dream), my back for hers, hers for mine, the warmth created by our hugs. These are all given us by God and enjoyed—now that we are married.

I’ve heard it said that in heaven, we will all share a bond equally as strong and infinitely stronger and deeper than in the most intimate marriage—and not with one person but with all. We will all be married to Jesus. All of us together. As we do now, we will then have Christ living inside us, made new, forever free, but with one exception: No sin. I can recall many times (and several times I wish I couldn’t) when a hope or a dream or an intimate desire was clipped short by fear and doubt and anxiety. We all are searching for a soul mate who can share with us our deepest identities. By our nature, we look for that in others. Thankfully, that intimacy is fulfilled, entirely, in our union with Christ. He alone is our soul mate. And in heaven, because of Him and His victory over sin, we will finally experience that with everyone.

Imagine for a moment what it might be like in heaven. Imagine three of your closest friends meeting up together to go on a journey through heaven together, fully nourished with a deepening nourishment, you and your friends talking and laughing out of pure joy. I don’t know what heaven will be like, only that it’s better than this one. Why? Because of the people there. Because we’ll be a family. With one Father. And one King. And their Spirit who brought us there to be with them. Can’t wait.

In Isaiah 54:5, the prophet writes:

“For your Maker is your husband—the Lord Almighty is His name—the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”

 

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