We all worked to avert disaster, digging away the snow, creating traction with large rocks, laying down floor mats, and ... praying. I knew Jeff had one attempt to make it safely off of the edge. He sent us safely up the hill, away from the Jeep, and I stood there playing out scenarios in my mind and praying.
Before the truck forced us over, we were feeling so secure, so relaxed, so happy, so excited. Sometimes it's the other drivers on the road that leave us spinning on the edge of disaster.
There are sweet times in married life when we are well stocked, at ease, feeling secure, and trusting one another, but other people on the road of life may hurl past us and leave our marriage spinning on the edge of disaster. It might be a family member, a co-worker, an old relationship, or an internet contact. We have to be on guard at all times and be ready to stand firm.Satan loves it when he can hurl someone past us, close enough to take us from confidence to calamity.
God's hand lifted that sliding back tire and pushed us away from the precipice and sure disaster. We cheered, we thanked, we breathed deep. We admitted to each other later that it had taken us totally by surprise and scared us to death. As we drove on up the mountain, we discovered another family in a ditch up against the mountain; they were waiting on a tow truck ... they had been run off the road by the same large red pick up truck whizzing past them. Another casualty from our common enemy.
How can you avoid your marriage being a roadside wreck? Take a lesson from driving in snow ...
- Prepare ahead of time ... not a shovel and flares, but prayer, intimacy, and a church family.
- Don't think being in a beautiful place means you aren't vulnerable to evil around you.
- If you feel yourself starting to slide one way, turn the other direction! Get out of there.
- Sliding? Honk loud and let people know you need help.
- Don't let your kids stand in the danger zone while you work things out ... they can get hurt.
- A calamity is not the time to separate, abandon each other, or blame.
- In a dangerous position? Get dirty and work hard; do everything possible to save your marriage.
- Stand firm. You're driving together; don't let anyone push you off course.
- Listen to people who have been stuck, but are now safe & sound ... they probably have good advice.
- Pray. It works with snow and marriage. :)
1 Cor. 10:11-13