Does Your Marriage Crave Water or Coca
by Angie Lewis
When we feel thirsty and need to drink something to
satisfy our thirst, what do we drink? Some of us drink water, and then
some of us drink soft drinks. When our marriage is thirsty, what do we
do? Some of us give our
marriage what it craves and needs the most, pure, clean water. But some
of us donít understand what our marriage is really craving and we
donít give it water but something else that pollutes it even more.
Coca Cola doesnít satisfy our thirst like the
commercials like to show us. It does satisfy the sugar and caffeine
craving though, and thatís the reason why some people drink so much of
it; they have become addicted to its flavor and burning sensation as it
enters the gullet. But Soft drinks are one of the worst things you can
drink when thirsty because of the damage it does to the body and teeth.
The temporary fix that soft drinks give the body is
deceiving, because when we drink them we arenít thirsty any more, and
it keeps us from drinking water, which is what our body really needs.
Drinking a lot of soft drinks is a temporary pleasure in life, but one
that does considerable damage to the body and teeth in the long run.
The same analogy applies to what we water our
marriage with. Where are you getting your water? We can water our
marriage with what feels good to us at the moment for a temporary rush,
but in the long run it will actually do more damage to the marriage. If
the water is not from the Master Designer Himself, then it is not good
for your marriage. This is how you will know if it is right or not.
Living water produces fruits for your marriage.
When your marriage is thirsty, what do you treat it
with? Pure, clean, spiritual living water, or soft drinks? We need to be
careful and discerning about what we give our marriage to drink. Jesus
tells us: ďBut whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.Ē (John 4:14)
There were times in my own marriage when I would go
running to my mom or sister about every little thing my husband upset me
with. I married very young and so I wasnít ready for marriage.
I thought I was watering my marriage when I went crying to mommy.
I was invariably always told by my mom to leave my husband and
seek a divorce. It didnít matter to her if I provoked any of the
problems or not. My mother was prejudice of course, and felt that all my
marriage problems were my husbandís fault.
But of course they werenít, but try and tell her that.
I wasnít watering my marriage; I was only making
it worse. I felt better about myself though, because all the blame went
to my husband. It was a temporary pleasure seeking solace that I got
from my mom, but in the long run it was actually doing considerable
damage to my marriage. I found out the hard way that you donít go
running to your parents or siblings about your marital issues because
they will always be pre-judge and take your side. Looking back on it
now, I wished that I would have gone to the correct source for my
marriage problems, it would have ended any unnecessary pain and
suffering for both my husband and I, but I didnít know any better.
I knew what I knew, and by-golly I was going to play God and give
my marriage water from my own well!
The same thing is happening in most marriages of
today. Couples are giving their marriage the wrong source of water, and
it is actually contaminating it even more. God has set marriage
ďapartĒ for Him and His purpose, and He takes marriage very
On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus
stood and said in a loud voice, ďIf anyone is thirsty, let him come to
me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scriptures has said,
streams of living water will flow from within him.Ē (John 7:37)
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