At the bank where I work, I am one of the lucky tellers who gets to work the Saturday shift.
I honestly can’t say that I mind. We’re only open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so I work a half-day and then still have the rest of my Saturday to enjoy. My co-workers and I always have a lot of fun, the customers are usually in a cheerful weekend mood, and I get a whole day off during the business week to compensate. Not a bad deal. Oh yeah, and did I mention that today in particular I left feeling greatly inspired from one of my customer sessions? That was a big perk, too.
This particular customer was a gentleman in his early to mid-30’s, I would guess. He remarked that his wife would be coming in with him soon to “add her back onto” his account. Before I had the chance to ask him what he meant by back onto his account, he explained: “We separated, so I took her off the account, but now we’re back together.”
They’re back together? Wait, you mean they’re actually fighting to make their marriage work instead of just giving up and getting a divorce? Hurrah!
At the bank, I deal with a good number of customer who enjoy griping about their ex-husband or wife, all the ways that ex tried to ruin their life, how they tried to steal their money, etc. If I based my perception of marriage solely on what I heard from the messed up lives of others, the whole idea of marriage would seem like a pretty bleak affair.
Forunately I don’t go by the world’s standards. God’s Word is brimming with the value and sacredness of marriage, and the importance of preserving that marriage. So as the day passed, and the more I thought about that man’s remark about being back with his wife, the more joyful I felt.
What an encouragement, to see a couple who obviously loves each other to iron our their differences in honor of their sacred covenant. I don’t know any details about this man’s marriage or his wife, and now I cannot even remember his name. I don’t remember any specifics. But I know and remember the most important part – they were making their marriage work. In today’s culture, where love is abused, tossed about, and often disgarded, that is a refreshing change.
If Saturdays at the bank weren’t already enjoyable, today definitely was.
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth” (Proverbs 5:18).
“So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth” (Malachi 2:15).
” ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Mark 10:7-9).