“Man should strive to see the God in woman, and to help her realize her spiritual nature. He should make her feel that she is with him not merely to satisfy his sensual appetite, but as a companion whom he respects and regards as an expression of the Divine. And woman should look upon man in the same way.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda ~ from The Divine Romance
Similarly from Deepak Chopra: “When she loved her husband, she was loving God…Every real love story is a love story with God.” I used this quote in adult Bible study one Sunday morning. My goodness, the looks I received from the women in the class!
Honestly, though, if we cannot find God in one another, where do we find God? And if we do find God in one another, why not find God in the person we are most intimate with throughout our adult lives?
“…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40 Jesus was talking about the hungry, the stranger, the naked when he said that. Sometimes, within marriages, couples treat each other like the least important person in their lives. From taking each other for granted to taking advantage of each other to being rude or even abusive, couples can wake up one morning to realize that the person they give the least amount of respect and cherishing to is the person sleeping beside them.
Contemplating that how you treat your spouse is how you treat Jesus, could set you on the path of healing a thousand hurts.
It’s a beautiful and responsible choice to see the Divine in your beloved. It affects your mood, tone of voice, choices, words, actions, beliefs, physiology, attitude, and can even affect your ability to sleep well. It can create harmony and peace as well as passion and desire in a marriage. It is capable of encouraging both of you to continue to grow as adults, friends, lovers, and spiritual beings. In addition to all of that, it also blesses your relationship with God as you understand God to be.
As you choose to see the Divine in your beloved, the person with whom you are the most intimate, your intimacy with God blossoms and grows as well. God loves to be desired by you. Increasing your intimacy with God creates a reciprocal relationship where you get to experience even more of God’s love. It is a beautiful, responsible, and satisfying thing. Give it a try. Find God in one another and see how blessings multiply.