“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, what for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” ~ Habakkuk 2:2-3
Habakkuk 2:2-3, we’ve all read it, recited it, or heard it used in a message. These verses are often used to encourage us to have, or get, a vision and trust that our vision will come to pass. A problem with this process is that our flawed interpretation of these two verses can be a major reason that the accomplished goal doesn’t look the way we painted it in our minds.
I’m fifty years old, and it took me some time to figure it out. I’d fallen for a lie. The lie was subtle, and sounded plausible, but in the end it was a lie. The lie kept me spinning my wheels, and it continued to make promises that it couldn’t deliver. I kept pressing further into the lie because as I looked around me I saw that I wasn’t alone. Other people were running just as hard behind the lie as I was.
Today is my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary! I guess you could say that I’ve been married for a good while. I’ve also been performing wedding ceremonies, premarital and marriage counseling for a while. In my own marriage, and the marriages of others, I’ve witnessed quite a bit. So much, in fact, that I’ve come to believe that there are some people who should stay single and never get married. Here’s the short list.
If someone told you that they had a perfect marriage you’d probably be a bit suspicious. You might assume that they must be newlyweds. Or maybe you smile as you think “Clearly they’ve not been married long enough to know better.”