Marriage from A to Z

Principles for a Successful Marriage

Lessons From A Zipper


     Sunday was Women’s Day at my church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden.  The color for the day was plum, all shades. When the color was announced, I thought of a dress that I already had in my closet.  I was so excited that I didn’t need to  buy anything.

     When it was time to get dressed, I put the dress on and asked my husband if he could zip me up?  The dress has a long zipper in the back.  He pulled up the zipper but it would only zip half way.  He tried and tried but the zipper would only come up half way.  I took the dress off and noticed that once the zipper got to a certain spot, it would not move.  My husband and I took turns trying to move the zipper up but it refused to move.  Although time was ticking away, we kept trying because I had my mind set on wearing this dress and besides, I didn’t have another plum dress.

     After trying multiple times, we were about to give up.  As a matter of fact, I took the dress off and put on a black suit that I really did not want to wear but I felt like I had no choice.  I was not going to let this situation make us miss church however, we were running behind.  We were both determined to fix this zipper.  Even after I put on another outfit, we kept going back to try the zipper again.

     Finally, I decided to pray about it.  I know, I should have done this at first.  I wish I had.  I prayed, “Lord I really want to wear this dress, can You fix this zipper?”  I thought You are God Almighty, surely you can touch this zipper and fix this problem.  After the prayer, my husband walked away and went to put some Vaseline on his fingers.  He rubbed the Vaseline on the zipper and it went right up!  I was sooo excited!  We both thanked God.  I immediately took off the black suit and slipped the dress over my head.

     My husband said it was the prayer!  I say it was a combination of the prayer, him listening to the voice of God and being obedient.  This was truly a God idea because neither of us were thinking about using Vaseline to rub on the zipper.  So I asked God, “What was this all about?”  He made it very clear that there are lessons that He wanted me to share from my zipper experience.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Partner – Work together with your spouse instead of against each other.  Be on the same team.
  2. Persevere – No matter what you are going through, don’t give up!
  3. Pray – Talk to God first.  Don’t let prayer be the last resort, it will save you some time.
  4. Press through the problem – We all have problems in our marriages, don’t get discouraged.
  5. Praise – Remember to thank God during and after the problem is fixed.

Maybe you see some other lessons in this experience, if so I would love to hear from you.

Until next week . . .



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