I read of someone who called in to the Dr. Laura Radio Show. Apparently it was a lady who was complaining about her husband. Her complaint was his inability to face a family crisis head on. Apparently this guy dealt with the hard things by dodging them or denying them, and the lady said, “You couldn’t ask for a better guy.He is a great husband. Unfortunately he tends to disappear when it gets tough in the trenches. Shouldn’t he be standing there to support me? Shouldn’t he be standing by my side?” Dr. Laura’s response was interesting. She said, “Sure he should but the truth is he never did. Not with his first wife and not with you. From what you told the lady who screens my calls, you knew that when you married him. You picked him up off the ‘as is’ rack but he has turned out to be prettier in the hanging than in the wearing. Suddenly you woke up and discovered that good time Charlie isn’t going to be crunch-time Charlie, so don’t dump him for qualities he never had. Just figure out that you are going to have to hold your own hand in the valley and accept him for whatever you saw in him when you picked him up off the ‘as is’ rack.” The good news is that God shops from the ‘as is’ rack. One of the great verses in the Bible is Romans 5:8. It doesn’t say God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us when we are at our best doing life the right way, had it all together. It says God showed His great love by sending Christ to die for us while we were sinners. In that love he helps us to become all that we are created to be. Walk in that amazing love today.
– Dr. Tim Thompson