His name was Harry Truman.
No, not "The buck stops here" Harry Truman. Not the "Dewey Defeats Truman" Harry Truman.
No, this Harry Truman lived in a rustic log cabin near pristine Spirit Lake in the crisp, cool timberland of Washington. But at some point in the early part of 1980, geologists and government officials came to his home and said he needed to leave his homestead. Pressure was brewing in a nearby volcano, and Harry's life was in danger.
I recall watching him one night on television as he told the news media how all the learned authorities didn't know what they were talking about.
Even more vividly, I recall a helicopter ride I took one afternoon a year later over the gray-streaked remains of Mount St. Helens. Somewhere down below, under hundreds of feet of molten ash, lay the bones of one Harry Truman—and the dusty, empty hole that used to be Spirit Lake.
I often think of Harry when I see marriages and families teetering on the brink of destruction, while the husband or wife—or both—are ignoring all the warning signs. Meanwhile, the pressure keeps mounting. The alarmed spouse is trying to get the other's attention. People who care about them are doing everything they can to advise and intervene. The volcano is set to blow, yet they foolishly want to wait it out, doing nothing.
If that's where you find yourself right now, I urge you to realize that looming destruction can't be avoided by wishing it away. It requires prayer, counsel, adjustments and repentance.
Remember Harry Truman and don't just sit there. Get some help.
Identify any pressure points you're seeing in your home today. Address the most critical pressure by establishing a plan of action.
Pray to God, "Father, make us aware of reality, and give us courage to address those pressures that would destroy our marriage, family and legacy."