My wife and I have been married for over 7 years now, and I still remember talking to her dad for the first time. She kind of sprung it on me. We were at a training program in Florida, and he was in Minnesota, where she is from. She was talking to him on the phone, and I was in the room with a group of others and she just passed me the phone. We had a nice conversation about the training program and my favorite football team and a few other topics. And then, a month later, I met him in person for the first time. I was a nervous to meet him because I knew that it was important that I win him over and show that I was a good match for his daughter. I didn’t know much about him but I was coming in as his daughter’s boyfriend so I was intimidated and anxious coming in to that first meeting. I feel that the meeting went well, and quickly, I knew that he had accepted me as part of his daughter’s life at that point, and as part of the family soon after, when we were married.
Here are some things his story brought to my mind.
1- a) The Strength in us all. There are 2 ways I can go with this analogy. Let’s start with the positive. We are very limited in what we can do with our own strength (trust me – this will be a positive). But when we yield control of our life to God, we will see a strength rise up within us (all coming from Him) that will allow us to do far more then we ever could have imagined. However unlike in the comics, that strength is not something that only needs to surface when the times and situations call for it. It is something that can guide our life all the time – we just need allow God to have control.
1- b) The beast in us all – And now, for the other side of the this analogy. We also can look at the Hulk thing as a battle that we all face against our sin-nature. In some of the Hulk stories, Bruce Banner struggles constantly to keep the destructive beast within him under wraps. Inevitably, though, he surfaces and wreaks some havoc. We all have this beast in us that we try (and fail) to control. We were born as sinners and we will battle against sin in our daily lives for as long as we are on this earth In the Hulk story, the beast, though is ultimately a good thing – a Super Hero. Sin is far from that in our lives. The only control over it that we have is to realize that we have no control apart from a relationship with Jesus.
2- What’s in a Name – Since this blog is called “Living Up to my Name” I do like to find out the meanings of other people’s names. We considered the meanings of the names we gave our daughters, and I really like the meanings of my own names. Sometimes, they are not names that you can look up (like Oshiomogho) so I am glad that he shared the meaning of his name “God knows the Day, God knows tomorrow”. He does know all about us, and has a plan for us. He can do far more than we can ask, think or imagine. There is great comfort in knowing that He is in control, not just of right of all the tomorrows. He is in control of what is happening and what will happen. The one thing that he chooses not to control is how we interact with Him and His control. Will you allow God to guide you and all your tomorrows?
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3- Marriage is really cool. I like the story of Atogwe meeting Singletary. I love being married and I love the family that I married into as I do the family I grew up in. I know and believe that God brought my wife and I together and I am so blessed to be a part of not only her life, but her family, too. And I know that my family loves her as one of their own as well. It is amazing to see how God designed for us to work through this life, and marriage and all that comes with it plays a significant role in what “life” looks like for me. I learn a lot about God from my marriage and am thankful for a godly family of in-laws that have enhanced my life greatly.