Over the past few months my wife and I have been the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies for three weddings. Not only are we considering doing this fulltime (just kidding!), we truly enjoyed helping the couples design marriage ceremonies and receptions that reflect who they are.

God designed marriage in a way that reflects who He is. He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), revealing the perfect intimacy and unity that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit share as members of the Trinity (Luke 3:22).

God created a wife for Adam and brought her to him (Genesis 2:21-22). The intimacy and unity this first man experienced with his beautiful bride can be seen in the words of the poem he composed on the spot: “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh!” (Genesis 2:23). Their relationship reflected the oneness of the Trinity as they were “united into one” (Genesis 2:24).

The three couples my wife and I were assisting entered their new relationship as husband and wife in unity and with high hopes. What they will eventually encounter, however, are the elements of life that can threaten to come between them. Picture a couple holding hands as they face each other. As good things (like children) and difficult things (financial struggles, sickness, long hours at work) increasingly fill the space between them, the two can be pushed apart until they release their hands.

If that happens, marriage can become a lonely place. So today, if you’re married, reach out to your spouse. Remember that God gave him or her to you, so you would not “be alone” (Genesis 2:18) and so you could be “united” to reflect our triune God (Genesis 2:24).

In the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we find the perfect example of what it means to truly stay close.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Luke 15:11-32