"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Poolside Parable

If you want a love story to remember for those "rainy days" of marriage, file Rachelle Friedman and Chris Chapman into your memory. Even in life-changing circumstances, their love grew by leaps and bounds.

During Rachelle's bachelorette party, Rachelle and her friends were relaxing by the pool on a warm summer day. When Rachelle wasn't looking, she was pushed into the shallow end of the pool. The girls were laughing, but Rachelle knew something was wrong. She wasn't moving. She was paralyzed from the waist down. The wedding was postponed, and Rachelle's life was changed forever.

Chris Chapman, Rachelle's groom to be, was interviewed after the incident. The reporters had the audacity to ask him, "Did you ever consider leaving Rachelle? You're young and handsome with your life before you." Chris answered the questions like a knight in shining armor, "I never thought, 'What am I going to do?' I thought, 'What are we going to do?' It was one step at a time." Now, a year later, the wedding is back on. The young couple will honeymoon in Fiji, and as Rachelle's father wheels her down the aisle, Chris will lovingly stand by her side.

As the divorce rate in America creeps towards 60%, it becomes painfully clear that America doesn't get it. Sure, marital unfaithfulness really challenges continued matrimony, and even Jesus understood that (Matthew 19:9). However, when wrinkles surface, finances tighten, and stress increases, there's no excuse to "hit the road" and look for something better. You took a vow. You looked into the eyes of your partner and you promised, "In sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth." You might experience "rough patches" in your marraige, but those vows still mean exactly what they say!

In His abundant love, God created marriage. Take a lesson from Rachelle and Chris. Keep your vows, remember your promises, and thank God through the beauty of your marriage!