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Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)
By Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom
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It doesn’t take a marriage counselor to predict how that turned out. I finally had my blow up and we had one whopper of an argument. I was thinking divorce was the only possible answer. After my husband left for work, I was sitting in the bathroom alone, I cried out in anguish to God, “Please help me. I can’t do this anymore.” I thought about all the things we’ve argued about and how different we are. As I looked up, I cried out in pain, “I bet you think this is really funny, huh God? You with Your sense of humor, making men and women so different.”
In between my sobs, I heard God’s answer very clearly. This wasn’t His intention at all. Amidst the wadded up tissues and the wastebasket I had kicked over in my anger, I had a wonderful epiphany. I’ve always believed God has a wonderful sense of humor and to prove my point to others, I would give them the following example; God made men to sexually peak at around age 18 to 20, but a women doesn’t reach her sexual peak until 30-35. The way I saw it, only a God with a sense of humor would arrange that.
But in that moment of silence in my bathroom, another thought came to mind. Perhaps that arrangement was to serve another purpose entirely. One of the problems in today’s society is the view that many people have about intercourse. It is common for some people to have casual relations. The television shows portrays teens having sex, early and with multiple partners. There’s even a “rule” that states on the third date, one can expect sex.
But as Christians, we know that wasn’t part of God’s plan when he made man and woman. In Matthew 19 verses 4-12, Jesus explains to the Pharisees that God made man and woman to leave their parents and become as one. I started thinking, maybe the point of the difference in age when men and women reach their sexual peak isn’t a joke, but a way to get humans to embrace monogamy and stay with their one true love.
The woman fulfills the man’s sexual needs, not because she is always in the mood, but because she loves him so much she wants to make him happy. The man realizes this and loves the woman enough to want to stick around so he can be there to fulfill all of her needs.
Wow, wouldn’t it be a wonderful place if the world did just that? She fulfills him and he stays to fulfill her. When my husband came home, we talked about my revelation and decided we would always be here for one another, until death us do part.
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