It is “not good” that man should be alone because our God is a master storyteller. Marriage is a mystery, and God holds the suspense for over four thousand years before he reveals the mystery climactically in Christ. As John Piper says our momentary marriages are a parable of permanence. Marriage will give way to something fuller, deeper, eternal, and perfect – the marriage that in the heart of God preexisted every other, the one after which earthly one-flesh covenant unions between man and wife were patterned.
This marriage between Christ and His bride has been inaugurated but is not yet consummated. One day we will like Adam cry out “at last!”
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
– Revelation 19:6-8
This is the big story all of our little stories (marriages) find themselves in. It is the one they are to tell. The gospel is both the pattern and the power for our marriages (Ephesians 5:22-33). So seek to tell the story with your spouse, and when you or your spouse fail, don’t forget the story that you are trying to tell, and know that one day the struggles will be no more. The temporal will one day give way to the eternal, we will cry out “at last”, and our union will be perfect as we are perfected in our Beloved.