The romantic in me loves that story (yes, you know I'm a romantic, admit it!). But its not very practical, is it? I mean, who would ever think about going to that length to save their marriag....Giving up your successful career just so you don't get divorc...it's an awfully drastic step just to put relationships firs...
This is a couple that came to their senses before it was too late. They suddenly saw what was of utmost importance in their lives--their marriage, their kids--and they took what many would call ridiculous steps in order to restore it. They 'threw away' careers, house, security, their comfortable lifestyles, because they knew they were missing what was of most value. They became desperate for each other, and they let nothing stand in the way of their restoration. They went all the way to Italy!
How about you, or me for that matter? How far would we go? Would we risk everything for what's most important? Would we put relationship over success, over comfort? What if it had been your marriage (what if it is?) How important is it to you? How desperate are you for reconnection? Most of us might be willing to do minor surgery, we might go to say, New Mexico. But all the way to Italy?
And what if it's your friendship with God? To what lengths are you willing to go to reestablish what is the most vital relationship you need? What are the things that have dragged you away from that first love, and now stand as barriers between you and God? What would you be willing to give up? How far would you go? All the way to Italy?
We sing that song at church that takes me deep every time: "I'll be a fool for You, I'll waste my life on You." Turning your back on all that you own, all that you've acquired, all you've achieved seems pretty foolish, a waste. But not when it's weighed against the truly weighty things of life: love, friendship, relationship. I don't think that family really misses any of that other stuff. They found what was really valuable--each other. But they had to go to Italy to do it!