Thanksgiving 2010 Devotional

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:18, NKJV)

What! Does this include misunderstandings between me and my wife? You and your soul mate?

Jose Ortega y Gassett said, “To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.”

Unless my wife’s words or actions stop me in my tracks—amaze and confound me—I will never advance in understanding her.

If I go blithely on, thinking she should think and act with my perspective and presuppositions, I’ll never awake to the mystery of her uniqueness. Never ask the right questions. Never slow down enough to wait and listen. Or listen and wait.

Thank God for the brick wall of misunderstanding that—crash or soft landing—forces me to get to know her. Likewise misunderstandings with my Heavenly Bridegroom.

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