Having an affinity for post-apocolyptic movies probably speaks volumes about one’s psychological profile.
Is it a desire to see this chaotic life come to an end?
Is it because you like blood and guts? If so, WHY?
Is it a desire to see a forced return of a simpler, better way of life , a get back to basics?
Is it a hope that the goodness of humanity will survive?
Maybe it’s my hope and anticipation of Jesus’ return that end-of-world movies strike a chord with me.
Despite the philosophical ramifications, it’s just plain fun to contemplate whether my posse and I would be able to survive on our intestinal fortitude and wits. I like to think we will. Who doesn’t?
It dawned on me, that zombie movies in particular can offer some insight into a successful marriage!
Even the most novice end-of-the-world movie viewer knows that the general population will lose their minds with hysteria. It’s inevitable. Mild-mannered Walt, who lives next door, will turn into a crazed looting looneybin the moment things turn tense.
28 Days Later, after the virulence of zombie-H1N1 causes a pandemic of foot dragging cadaver’s, you’ll be defending your group of significant people with your zombie killing spouse.
Here are some thoughts to make sure you have each other’s back:
Play defense (*putting on metaphorical thinking cap*)
I’m putting a hedge of protection around my marriage bed, too, against zombies’ resident evil.
No strange zombies will be allowed to cross our perimeter, PERIOD. We don’t go alone in areas where there are lots of zombies. We don’t have one on one social lunches with lone zombies. We are not close friends with zombies.
Zombies are best dealt with by a group.
If a zombie makes you nervous, you ESPECIALLY need to stay away from them. If they make you nervous, there’s a chance that you are attracted to them, even if subconsciously.
Those with weapons survive
WMD: Weapon of Marriage Dependence. I decided long ago that my weapon of choice would be this butter slicing sword.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Ephesians 6:10-17.
Next in line after this sword is a nail studded baseball-bat. I’ve been told I have a pretty good swing for a girl. In a pinch, I could probably use my swiffer.
Use your words
It doesn’t matter how you kill the zombie, as long as you kill the zombie. Quit being critical. Just because they kill zombies different than you, doesn’t make them wrong.
More zombies will be killed if you give positive words. “Way to slice the spinal nerves, sweetie!”
Plus, yelling attracts zombies. Keep your tone pleasant. We all like to work and survive and be married to those who do not berate or yell.
Have a map
Inevitably, the power goes out. Now, I guess this is because all the Power & Electric Employees have become zombies or the looter/crazies have overtaken the plant. Either way, with the internet, iPhones and satellites down, there’s no GPS……
It’s good to have a general sense of direction to be able to find water and maybe a 7-11 or wal-mart to find any remnants left of toilet paper or feminine products. (Have you ever thought about what the glaring lack of hygiene products will do to society?)
The best compass during this traumatizing season is Christ.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, a light unto my path,” Ps. 119:105.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ,” Philippians 4:7.
Grounded in Christ, you will have the peace that passes all understanding as conflict surrounds you. Yes, a joint sense of spiritual direction is of utmost importance.
Think outside of the box
Clever is going to out trump everything.
When the zombies close in, it isn’t the most beautiful physique or face that is gonna survive. It will be the one with the ability to solve problems. This one fact has been proven in other genre of movies, as well.
So be glad that your honey spends so much time playing Call of Duty. He will be able to think strategically. Be glad your honey loves discussing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He will be able to think of novel ways to overcome the crisis and compose some great zombie-war poems about it, too.
End of the world sex
There is an urgency like no other when you don’t know what tomorrow holds. He may have made some mistakes today and left you to kill a few stragglers with the snowshovel. But, he is your survival partner who loves you and is willing to die for you. There’s an intensity of appreciation that you didn’t realize when there was still hot running water.
What would my marriage look like if I start trying to find that kind intensity of appreciation before the world comes to an end? It might take it to a whole new level!
So Remember, the marriage that keeps its cool, solves problems uniquely, and keeps their compass will survive and thrive.
Can you think of any zombie/marriage correlations?