Marriage on the Road to Damascus

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Life in Southern California predisposes you to seemingly endless travel on a myriad of highways, byways and other ways. In a long car ride a question will likely arise, “Is GOD trying to tell me something?”

This is my experience. I have the good pleasure (?) to carpool with my spouse, whom I love dearly, on a daily basis. It has not always been this way. In fact it has only been about 9 months since we started to take the 35 minute drive to work together. It only makes sense- our offices are in close proximity, it cuts down on fuel emissions, it’s a good thing. ? Only those who have taken such a trek would appreciate the power of love that must prevail with every mile of our road together.

The speeding, seatbelt issue (I always wear mine), the scolding of the traffic slow, fast or indifferent all put my mind to dis-ease and I am not thrilled on this ride.

Thinking about it, it is not just the driver (as a rule, I never drive.) A music person, I enjoy worshipping on long rides, listening to new juice from Kirk, Yolanda and others. I love Bible teachings and diversify a bit with books on CD. Yes I am a travelling listener- not so much a travelling talker. My partner enjoys a good conversation pushing personal gripes, questions and frustrations. Choke, choke, putt-putt, kashizzz.  

What LORD is it that You want me to hear? Like Saul I find that humility is not my strong suit. But when that highway patrol car lit up my side view mirror this morning the flashing lights behind us had nothing to do with heaven! My heart fell like to the ground and I pray that I am not persecuting You with my selfish, foolish ways. I pray LORD that You will sustain us through the challenges of this work day, this life on earth. We cannot ride without You Jesus.

At work, I calm. I realize that having a chauffeur to work is a luxury; a caring, passionate spouse even more so. A job these days is so hard to come by, so the 35-minute ride is worth it every day. I realize too, my marriage is stronger down every rode because Christ is driving, not us. Marriage on the road of change is not always easy but in Christ, we always arrive safely where we need to go.

Acts 9:3-9

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

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