The incredible moment when man meets the woman who will be the love of his life.
For me the two best words in the book of Genesis came from a very lonely Adam, seeing Eve for the first time, he shouted, “At last!”
This at last moment has become too rare in the USA. Steve Altmeyer, head of an amazing men’s ministry reported these facts to a Chosen To Lead 16 week men’s group: In 1969, 72% of people living together were married. Today 27% of people living together are married.
Altmeyer delights in telling people he is trying to reduce the national debt. Divorce is costly, both sides pay legal fees; however much more costly is the damage done to lives; especially to children of divorce.
Where did we get the notion that keeping the at last emotion would be easy, or even possible in the context of the most difficult relationship to manage in our entire lives?
We tend to marry our at last who is totally opposite of us. The extrovert is attracted to the introvert. For some odd reason, animal lover’s at last doesn’t especially like animals. The really tall man’s at last woman is often rather short.
Soon after the honeymoon, the two lovers begin the process of trying to change the other person. The at last now has the potential threat of becoming a grind. Too much of a grind leads to divorce court, or at best, two people living separate lives under the same roof.
Yet the at last can be restored! The at last can experience rebirth. The at last is one of the greatest legacies we can leave our children’s children. It is amazing to see a grandchild’s pure delight, when they see and feel the at last energy between grandpa and gramma!
At last success reminds me of the military slogan: “One is none two is done.”
At last is impossible if only one of the team members wants to play ball. Marriage counsellors would be well served to know and understand the at last principles.
Paul recorded in Ephesians 5:
Step One –Walk in love. 5:1-7
Step Two – Walk in light 5:8-12
Step Three – Walk in wisdom. 5:13:21
When we are truly walking in love, light and wisdom we are ready for the hard work that restores, refreshed and even redirect the at last phenomena. We read about in Genesis.
Are you ready to move into Ephesians 5:23-33. Don’t even go there if you are not willing to live the key to the AT LAST door.
“…..be filled with the Holy Spirit speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord giving thanks always for all things to God the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” – Ephesians 5:18b -22.
Getting married is like swallowing the sun.
Getting a divorce is like vomiting the sun.
At last is reserved exclusively for couples willing to work hard together and give more than they take from the relationship.
How much will you give today?