Very few fail at that which is weak.
I want to investigate one of the greatest things that God has made. One of the highest metaphors. Arguably the means through which God chiefly reveals his love for us. The relationship of marriage.
I am by no means an expert on marriage, but through observing many who practice (or aspire to) it I have come to suspect that I understand marriage better than most. I also like to think of myself as a student of metaphors.
The more important a metaphor, the stronger and better God has made it. The metaphor of the nature of man is written into our very flesh and bones. That of light and truth, less powerfully so. Marriage, however, is written both in our bodies, and in our minds, and in all living creatures. Marriage is a draught so potent that the mere smell of it may overpower the strongest of men. It undoes the sinews and caulk of the mind and spirit. It reforms a man and a woman into something stranger and stronger than they were.
Why is marriage so important?
Marriage is the metaphor for the meaning of Life the Universe and Everything. Mankind was designed, destined, concieved, created, trained, and redeemed for one purpose, to be the Bride of Christ. There is no greater purpose, no higher meaning than this. It is the means through which God conveys our menaing.
It is for this reason that marriage (or the unwilling lack therof) is the chief source of grief and pain in the world. One can not mar a stone as one can mar a tree. One can not mar a tree as one can mar an animal. One can not mar an animal, as one can mar a man, nor can anything be cruelly touched as a woman. The perfection of marriage is what enables its corruption.
Therefore, I implore the wed and the unwed, beware lest you distort God’s words, written in your actions.
For many fail at noble things.