Tonight I was blogging away, writing an article about some saints here in town and the work they’re doing to reach the drug addicts and prostitutes in our community, when my lovely, beautiful wife interrupted me to solicit my help in hanging some new window blinds she bought earlier today.
Now, things like this used to seem a whole lot more vain to me than they do now. I was one of those guys who thought the whole womanly, house-decorating thing was pretty well near pointless. I looked down on it as less than spiritual, to say the least. But in the past few years I have come to view this kind of thing in a whole new light. At some point I began to take into account the fact that the woman as well as the man is made in the image of God. And one of the ways my wife expresses the Lord in whose image she is made is in her desire to adorn our home in such a way that it expresses her unique personality and taste. I’ve come to see that this is part of the image of God which she bears, for He too is looking for a House in which to dwell, a House which He can take and renovate and make His own in whatever way He chooses, to the end that He might express Himself through it.
Such a beautiful thought, isn’t it? At any rate, it enables me to be a little more excited about hanging blinds for my wife, especially when it interrupts my more “spiritual” (?) activities. Oh well. We all know men tend to be a little more religious than women, anyway, now don’t we? 🙂