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(Part 1 is located here.)
But their cups were empty.
If it’s not drugs, it’ll be food. If it’s not food, it’ll be gossip or anger or disappointment or offense or……
Yes, we fill our cups.
Jen and Greg purposed to find a fill with material goodies. The Hummer and Mercedes, while not “bad” in and of themselves, joined other material items to become cup fillers in the wrong way. And although they both had exposure to church on Easter and Christmas, it made little difference. Like sugar or creamer added to a coal, black cup of Joe, unresolved anger, overindulgence with food, and a subsequent affair were added to the material goods and the unfulfilled lives of the Christmas and Easter duo. Their cup, once again, overflowed with dead-end brew.
We live to be filled. And Jen and Greg were certain to be full in one way or another.
And when a marriage invites that third strand into its cord, God things happen. Truly, their cups are filled.
There was an explorer man, a diver who had visited the infamous Titanic shipwreck seven times. It was a love in his life, and nearly all he knew. But there was One he knew more, and that One was about to become the third strand in Jen and Greg’s marriage.
Sitting in a doctor’s office that day, awaiting Jen’s appointment and check-out, this man’s adventures with the deep-sea, sunken ship came to life in Greg’s ears. His words became a calm that aptly quenched Greg’s thirsty anger. The man mentioned a need…a need for a graphic artist for his Titanic museum in Orlando, Florida. Greg, a lover of all things Titanic since first grade, was his man.
Over time and through the relationship, Greg found that his Titanic man’s cup wasn’t truly filled with a sunken ship from years past. It didn’t overflow from all his diving and museum experiences that brought so much joy. No, the true cup filler was Jesus. The Third Cord was introduced.
After six months and many late night talks, Jesus became Greg’s Savior. The anger was poured out. His cup was, instead, filled with forgiveness, love, and righteousness in a way and peace that only Jesus can brew.
Greg’s view of Jesus changed. Instead of believing the lie that Jesus was always angry with him, Greg now knew his Jesus deeply loved him and longed to be his Savior.
But Jen was not happy. She was angry. They hadn’t discussed it, and she didn’t like this new change in Greg. Her wounded past was crying, “Foul!”
To be continued…