Hmmm…that title sounds kind of creepy, doesn’t it? It actually comes from the Bible, which doesn’t make it any less creepy, really.
Sometimes little foxes sneak into our vineyards, our marriages, and if we do not catch them, they will ruin the harvest, nibbling on the vines while they are still in bloom. They can be hobbies that take us away from our spouses more often than is healthy. They can be relationships with understanding friends which become more important to us than our relationship with our husband or wife. They are usually unnoticeable at first, harmless in appearance.
Life is busy right now. My husband and I are at a place in our marriage where we could easily shift into leading parallel lives, working and living side by side without ever taking the time to really look at each other, encourage each other, enjoy each other as we should. Marriage is a good gift from God, but it cannot be taken for granted. Good marriages require vigilance, sacrifice, and sometimes watching more Pride and Prejudice or ESPN than one would think humanly possible. Get interested in what interests your spouse. Husbands, look for ways to love your wife – maybe even ask her how you can best love her. Wives, the Bible reminds us to respect our husbands; ask God (and your spouse) how best to do so.