For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.
~ Romans 5:10
The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.
~ Baltasar Gracian
I have some friends who married many years ago. Through years of counseling, miscommunication, misunderstanding, they crept, crawled, moved, all the time becoming more and more distant. Both had powerful ministries yet there was a gulf that separated them. They divorced. He then experienced a series of events that no one would put on their menu; a fall off the roof, a broken back, and finally cancer. Through all of this one took care of the other. They moved back in together, she tended to him, and this past August they remarried.
I don’t know that they were ever enemies, but certainly their trail was lost in the undergrowth of the forest of “my will, not thine.” God knit them back together where no “yarn” could be seen, but the stitches are sure, flexible and made of better material than mithril.*
*The wealth of Moria was not in gold or jewels, the toys of the Dwarves; nor in iron, their servant…. Its worth was ten times that of gold, and now it is beyond price; for little is left above ground, and even the Orcs dare not delve here for it. “Mithril! All folk desired it. It could be beaten like copper, and polished like glass; and the Dwarves could make of it a metal, light and yet harder than tempered steel. Its beauty was like to that of common silver, but the beauty of mithril did not tarnish or grow dim.” (The Fellowship of the Ring, “A Journey in the Dark”).
Mithril did not tarnish or grow dim. Incredibly strong and protective; it withstood the barbs of the enemy.
God gives us such an armor. We often choose to let it sit on the hanger, or the mannequin, or the dress form, that we may admire or look upon it, but we leave unprotected if it is not there, being worn every day.
This couple has been redressed in the mithril of God’s love and protection, and they are standing together in Him.
Today, remember your armor, that does not perish, is more precious than gold, and never loses its light. Today as you face your partner, either silently or spoken, pray for one another, and walk in the light together.
Because of Him,