An Original Affair–Prone to Wander

We were affairs from the beginning.  Eve was tempted by the snake, threw her vows away with an apple core.  When the fruit was eaten, she wiped her mouth with a naked forearm and gazed sideways at the serpent of her desire.  That was when she experienced the goose bumps of guilt rising on her upper thighs, when she felt her cheeks deepening red hot.

Days after David danced nearly naked, man after the heart of God that he was, he peeped into Bathsheba’s bathing pool.  He was a voyeur from his high tower, lifted above the reaches of integrity.  He drank in Bathsheba’s shapely innocence and determined to rob her of it; Uriah be damned.

The trysts that enamor us, the fantasies and seductions, they are the uglier parts of our human nature.  It’s not a matter of sex.  There. I said it.  It’s more a matter of our cheating hearts.  We were born cheaters, original sinners from the outset.

Prone to wander, Lord we all feel it.

But the heart is a tetherable thing.  I know. I’ve seen it.  Just ask Mary Magdalene and the woman at the well.  Just ask Dr. Henley, the man I know who’s loved his wife well for fifty years.  There is a way to hold tight to your first love… and to your marriage.

The heart is a tetherable thing.

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19 Responses to An Original Affair–Prone to Wander

  1. Oooh, good word, Seth. Tetherable. And all the rest of ’em, too. Thanks.

  2. I love powerful lines, first and last. This piece has both. **loved**

  3. Holding tight to the Lord helps me hold on to my marriage. I love two-for-one deals.

  4. hamster says:

    Nice. Short and sweet and to the punch. Get it!

  5. Yes, it is! That was awesome. Thank you. We’re celebrating our 35th tomorrow.

  6. Prudence says:

    Let thy goodness like a fetter bind my wandering heart to Thee.

  7. HopefulLeigh says:

    Excellent writing here, Seth. Love your perspective.

  8. damionmiller says:

    I have been checking out both your and Amber’s blogs for about a year now, I love your honesty, both of you! Thanks very much. And congratulations……… he is beautiful. Damion. (U.K. reader.)

  9. Danelle says:

    Tetherable. Love this. 🙂 I came over from Amber’s blog. I feel super comfy here too. 🙂

  10. Elizabeth says:

    (by the way, we sang that song at the baptism of all three of our boys.)

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