Date night is one that I look forward to and now with B here they don't come as often as they used to. Having children, or even pets, can make things a bit more challenging. Many of our date nights now start at 8 PM (bedtime) and are in the comfort of our living room. We were very lucky to be able to preview a romantic movie before it has even been released nationwide (September 26th). Snuggled up we started watching a young man who could be considered the King Solomon of today's era. Jed is cast in his father's shadow and, like us all, struggles to find his place.
This post is a little more about my personal thoughts than most. You've been warned :)
I am leading a bible study that just recently started by Jennie Allen called Restless. It is about just that, being restless in the shadow that you've been cast and tying all your threads of life together to find out what you are called to do. If Jed had only worked through this study, his beautiful wife Rose wouldn't be put in such a place of turmoil as she is. Looking at your own life though, do you honestly always do things the easy way? Yeah ... I thought so. Me neither.
But then God is able to turn some of your biggest heartaches into your biggest passions. And then, when you are smack dab in the middle of that passion you have an aha moment. That heartache has made you who you are and you realize you are so much stronger for it.
Jed and Roses' marriage has many heartaches that in the end may work out being the best things for them. When you are newly married it is easy to think that your relationship will always be in the honeymoon phase and that real work is for other couples. not. you. But as Jed was faced with temptation in the name of Shelby, he came to realize that hard, soul searching work can make or break a couple. The gritty content that comes with temptations are all shown in true life fashion. What is your 'shelby'?
I could relate to so much of what was shown. I have had plenty of my own 'shelbys' and many times had to reach the lowest of lows in order to start the climb back up. But through them I am slowly seeing my threads and who I have worked to become. Just as Jed and Rose realized the work-thing-about-marriage really is for everyone. Maybe they realized just in time or maybe it was just too late. That's for you to discover. If you have children hire a babysitter and make it to see The Song. It could be the thing that you've been needing to see for your own marriage or the many other temptations that are out there.
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