not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the
salvation of his household.
His name was Harry Truman.
No, not "The buck stops here" Harry Truman. Not the "Dewey Defeats Truman" Harry Truman. Not the haberdasher from Missouri...not that one.
No, this Harry Truman (October 30, 1896 - May 18, 1980) lived in a rustic log cabin near pristine Spirit Lake in the crisp, cool timberland of Washington near Mt. St. Helens. He came to brief fame in the months preceding the volcano's 1980 eruption after he stubbornly refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders, and he is presumed to have been killed in the eruption.
Geologists and government works came through the area where he lived and told him it would be prudent to leave his homestead, since pressure was brewing in nearby Mt. St. Helens, and to stay would put his life in danger.
I recall watching him one night on television as he told the news media how all the learned authorities didn't know what they were talking about. He swore at them and told them he was not about to leave. Even more vividly, I recall a helicopter video one afternoon a year later over the gray-streaked remains of Mount St. Helens. Somewhere down below, under hundreds of feet of molten ash, lay the bones and ashes of one Harry Truman--and the dusty, empty hole that used to be Spirit Lake.
This is a great illustration of some marriages we see teetering on the brink of destruction, the husband or wife-or both-ignore all the warning signs. Meanwhile, the pressure keeps mounting. The alarmed spouse is trying to get the other's attention. People who care about them are doing everything they can to advise and intervene. The volcano is set to blow, yet they foolishly want to wait it out, doing nothing.
Couples sometimes think they can just ride it out, other times they conclude that everybody must be like them, and at other times they are embarrassed to admit there is "trouble right here in River City."
If that's where you find yourself right now, I urge you to realize that looming destruction can't be avoided by wishing it away. It requires prayer, counsel, adjustments and repentance.
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One Final Note:
Remember that your children will likely grow up to have the same kind of marriage they see in your home. Are you creating the legacy you want passed on?
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