Mark 10:7-8: “‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.”
We started growing spaghetti squash for the first time this year. As it grows, it spreads out so that it’s hard to tell where the roots are versus the vines, making it a little difficult to know I’m watering the right part.
I started to think about my marriage. My husband is the root (the head of our household) and I am the vine (the helpmate, his partner). I want to have the kind of marriage where my husband and I both receive the right amount of sun (Son) and water (God’s word) in our lives to help us grow, interconnect, and thrive. I want us to work together as a united front to help our fruit (children) grow and blossom down their own individual paths. I want one of our purposes in life to be to spread in various directions serving others and ministering as a couple and individually. Lastly, I feel it’s important for us to make time to enrich ourselves individually, all while staying closely connected to each other, and most importantly, to God himself. That is the picture of a true partnership for me.
What about you? Would you consider your marriage to be spaghetti squash? Are you raising your children as a united front, allowing them to grow and blossom, taking time to better yourself as an individual, and then reaching out to serve others together as a couple? If not, what can you do to move a little closer in that direction?
When we started our garden this spring, I never thought that the spaghetti squash was all that terrific, but I’m starting to think it might just be my favorite vegetable.