"An arch consists of two weaknesses which, leaning on each other, become a strength."
Leonardo Da Vinci
I just HAD to deviate from my normal Wednesday post, when I read this with the children in their school reading, for Tapestry of Grace, this week. I read it, and something IMMEDIATELY jumped out at me.
This quote, of course, is the definition of an arch, from a scientific and engineering perspective. The laws of science, worked out by a great mind like Da Vinci.
But, do you know what struck me? Right, smack dab between the eyes? THIS is a picture of MARRIAGE!!!
As individuals we are weak. We have weaknesses in so many different ways, and invariably our weaknesses are not the same. Our strengths and weaknesses lie in different places. Without doubt, however, there ARE weaknesses. Not one single person is always strong, always perfect, always right. So, in a marriage that equals two weaknesses.
When those two weaknesses lean on each other, they become a strength.
What a beautiful, and wonderful image!
When we lean on each other - when we rely upon each other - we hold each other up and WE ARE STRONG! It's no good just trying to "go it alone" in a marriage. When you are united in matrimony, you become one unit. It's about DEPENDENCE, not INDEPENDENCE! It's not a sign of weakness to rely on each other for support - it's a strength to do that.
Ecclesiastes tells us about the benefits of more than one.
"Two are better than one.."
It carries on to give situations where it's a benefit to have someone to help you in life. No lesser so than in a marriage! It's the perfect picture of partnership being important. Not being in conflict, but working side by side.
There's more though...
In the whole construction of an arch, there is a crucial, crucial part.
"A wedge-shaped keystone would then hold the arch in place, forming a strong support for spanning a wide expanse."
Well now, if that isn't just GOD right there!? It's HIM who then holds our marriage in place - it's HIM who is a strong support for a wide expanse of life and circumstances. It's God alone that gives us the strong support that our marriages need. If he isn't there, the marriage will fall apart, just as when the keystone is not there, the arch will not hold up. He needs to be central in all that we do. He needs to be that topmost stone, to keep us united and strong. Holding us together and keeping our marriage strong.
Ecclesiastes carries on to say this
"a threefold cord is not quickly broken"
In a marriage we need that "threefold cord". Two individuals with Christ gives great strength, and the marriage is not easily broken.
How's your "arch"? Are you trying to work on your own in your marriage, or are you two weaknesses, leaning on each other to be strong, with Christ at the centre? I know which I want to be, and am I ever thankful that my weakness can be strength when I lean on my husband and have Christ at the centre.