There is an interesting and relevant story in the Israelites’ wanderings in the Wilderness for the 40 years penance for rejecting God’s commands to enter the Promised Land. As they grumbled at the consequences of their bad choices…well, here is what happened…
5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”
6 So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died. 7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the Lord told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” 9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed! Numbers 21:5-9
Oddly enough, even after they were made aware of the bronze snake, some refused to look and they died from snake bite.
Does that sound goofy to you?
There is an object lesson here for couples who have not figured out how to get marriage right yet…struggling with anger, judgment, and mistrust. Just like there was deliverance with a mere glance at the bronze snake, healing and restoration for broken relationships is just a step away from yours. In fact, there is only one kind of relationship which cannot be restored and made whole. If one or the other of the partners refuses to ‘look at the bronze snake’…in other words, has an unwilling spirit, the relationship will never be restored.
So, what is the bronze snake for restoration of broken relationships? Fortunately, there are multiple resources i.e. 24kGM Marriage 3.0 weekend, online registration for a Safe Conversations workshop, following Les and Leslie Parrott, a PREP workshop with Scott Stanley, and a bunch of others.
We can help you find your bronze serpent if you have a willing spirit.
You will make choices – some good/some bad – in your relationship, because that is your right. Even not making choices is a choice. What you do not get to choose are the consequences of making unwise or uninformed choices when the snake bites of poor relationships enter your life.
Are you in a loveless, angry, dysfunctional, unloving relationship?
You only have three choices possible:
- Keep on getting what you have been getting from each other trying to browbeat your partner into submission and all the attendant self-righteous anger. How’s that working for you?
- Fix what is broken
Please choose your consequences wisely.
We are here to help…It’s as close as your phone. We have a safe place for helping you find your ‘bronze snake.’ How will you choose?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Please choose wisely…please!