A great flick, Shall We Dance, check it out. “We need a witness to our lives…”
“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”
(excerpted from the film, Shall We Dance)
Today Mark witnessed my puny mood–hot steam burning my hand as I lifted the pot lid too rapidly (and whining–ouch!)–a good report for ministry completed–and finally getting the Netflix password to work (it was right all along…)
Not much. Not too significant. But because he’s here, my husband–showing up day in and day out–he’s my witness. I’m thankful. Hopefully, he’s thankful.
Husband here or not, as God’s child, you — me — we have a witness. Your life will not go un-witnessed…
Perhaps you’ve heard someone exclaim: “As God is my witness!!” And he’d be right – God is, was, will be–his witness.
He is the God who is there and here. Intimate, companion, friend – not only looking on, but looking in. Understanding what’s inside more than I do. Loving what He sees more than I do.
God, the one who sees–He is my witness. Sound scary? Only if you don’t want Him in on what you’re doing. Still, I’m comforted.
As John Ortberg wrote:
“God relentlessly pursues us because all he has ever wanted is to be with us.”
I heard of a sad marriage where the man wanted to be intimate with his wife but she’d only married him to have a child. Once she had their daughter, she stopped being his wife–in every sense of the word.
He was rejected. Wanted for what he offered, not for himself–and finally, discarded.
Sad. True too often.
God, my husband, can relate. Too often, I might come to Him, anticipating His gifts, blessings, promises–and forgetting the Main Gift: Himself.
I don’t want to do that.
As God is my witness. I want to want Him for Him alone.
Agree? Sign here_____________ (as a witness.) Join me in seeking God, thanking God–your husband, my husband (yes, in this case–we can share)–that He is One who is here, relentlessly pursuing because all He has ever wanted is to be with us.
“LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.”
Psalm 16:5 (NLT)
Prayer for today:
Dear God in Heaven,
I’m not sure I think of you in terms of intimacy. I think I keep You off to the side of my life too often. I wear masks even though You see and know all things. Please forgive me for not allowing You into the deepest recesses of my heart. I repent of living for myself, by myself. I repent of not seeking Your presence. I repent of looking everywhere but You for my heart’s deepest enjoyment and pleasure. Remind me when I stray. Help me remember You have never left my side.
Thank You that you long to be intimate with me and that you continue to pursue me. Help me respond. I renew my vows to You now, great Lover of my soul. Thank You. Amen.
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. Psalm 16:5
You, alone. My witness.