My wife and I were sitting in the office of a marriage counselor as he gave us an, “interview”.
We had hit the proverbial bump in the road and had just agreed to seek counseling after two months of separation.
I asked the counselor what purpose an interview with him would serve towards the reconciliation of our marriage.
He told me the purpose of the interview was to determine if the two of us sincerely wanted to know the truth about our relationship with one another, and how to mend it, and whether or not he was willing to be our marriage counselor.
I was shocked.
He continued to tell us how most people don’t really want to know the truth in regard to what is wrong with their marriage.
“I estimate about 90 percent of the people who come to me for help don’t really want to know the truth about what’s wrong and how to fix it,” he said.
That was twenty years ago and I still remember the feeling of shock I had at the thought that most of us, more often than not, are reluctant to know the truth even when our very lives depend on it.
Yes, it has been tough at times. But we’re still married after 37 years.
And we owe a great debt of gratitude to a counselor who dared to be painfully honest with us even though we could have easily been offended and walked out of the office that day.
We have learned a great lesson;
The truth is often hard to take, but is always best for us.
We should always follow the truth no matter where it leads us.
C. S. Lewis reflected on his conversion to Christianity in a similar way in his book, “Surprised by Joy”.
“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”
Consider what Jesus said in regards to the truth ;
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
(John 8:32 NKJV)
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
(John 14:6 NKJV)
The truth is that we all need Jesus as Savior before this life ends, reluctant as we may be to accept that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.