Swimming Upstream: “Rebellion in the Ranks!”

A recent phone conversation between Honey and me:

“What is your problem?” Honey said. “You can’t ignore Obama and let America slide down the drain. What about our children and grandchildren? I’m angry!”

“Honey, what are you going to do to stop President Obama?” I countered.

“Well, I’m going to read and listen, then write to politicians and newspapers. Make my voice heard,” she said.

“Good luck. The trail up that mountain is filled with bones of people who tried to win one for the Gipper.”

“Okay, Mister Smarty Pants,” she said, “what are you planning on doing?”

“Wait on God. Then, when He speaks, I’ll build His kingdom,” I replied.

A loud sigh. “Lord, I’m married to a man with his head in the sand!” She paused to add emphasis to her next point. “So, why build God’s kingdom now when nobody seems to care about God?”

“Ah, this is the perfect time. People have their guards down; their hearts are exposed. Some are angry about one issue or the other. Others are losing hope. We just need some groups like the early Salvation Army and leaders like William Booth to come forth. Then, the gospel can invade cities. It’ll be great!!”

“Yeah, right!” she said. “How can you and I  be so different, yet still get along?”

“I’m praying God will change you,” I said.

“Funny that you say that because I’m praying the same for you,” she replied. “But I love you.”

“Honey, I love you.”

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian jouneys.


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5 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “Rebellion in the Ranks!”

  1. Sounds very familiar,and in a strange way comforting.To hear of other couples with ‘some’ different idea’s, on ALL our problems we face.Keep the faith.I don’t know which one to agree with [in prayer] on this one.I’ll stay tuned in.

  2. Larry Who


    It is my belief that the Lord uses disagreements by spouses to sand off rough edges (iron vs. iron), and also, to keep us in His timing.

    Though Honey and I may disagree on different matters, we never move forward until we are in agreement. And yipes, this often seems to take a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng time.

  3. lsbmusings

    Please keep us posted on how this transpires. I was totally with you on ignoring Obama, but your wife is right . . . what about the children? It’s critical that we don’t abandon the children.

  4. Larry Who


    My wife somehow puts up with me. And to be honest, in thirteen years of marriage, we have never had an argument. Not one. But we do have disagreements, and the disagreements always end with us saying, “Let’s pray about it. God will change one of us.”

    God is always, always, always faithful to change one of us. Sometimes her. Sometimes me.

    But whether we like it or not, America is going down this disastrous path to self-destruction. Nothing is going to turn the nation around. So rather than wasting my energy trying to do something that can’t be done and being upset about it, I plan on building the kingdom of God.

    Believe it or not, the only hope for our children and grandchildren is the kingdom of God. That’s where the power will be. That’s where deliverance, protection and provision will be.

  5. lsbmusings

    Amen! God is faithful. He is our hope. Full deliverance and power will advance through His Kingdom alone. Love the relationship you have with your wife (share that same relationship with my hubby). Our nation will see God-centered, love-your-neighbor change through the homes that house His people – not the White House.

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