Some enchanted evening
you may see a stranger
you may see a stranger
across a crowded room
and somehow you know
you know even then
that somewhere you'll see her
again and again
From South Pacific
One night across a crowded room I saw the stranger who was to become my husband.
When a young couple first gets married they declare their commitment and trust to a person they hardly know. It is really pretty amazing. You think you know all about this person, but in reality you just see the tip of the iceberg. Getting married is an incredible step of faith. To see our anniversary post click here.
As the years go by, you see each other in a variety of situations. You see achievements and failures. You learn how your spouse behaves in traffic and when he’s sick. You learn what brings a smile and a tear. You learn when to let them muddle through something and when to lend a supportive word or action. You see how they react to a flooded basement and to a toddler who fed oatmeal with raisins to the VCR. You know how they feel about doing the bills and going to the dentist. You learn if they like the curtains closed, if they take their socks off inside out or if they wear sneakers with a suit. You learn if they are capable of speech before coffee in the morning and if they nod off in front of the TV at night.
You raise a family, experience career changes and struggle through problems with your relatives. You lose loved ones through illness or accident. You encounter health problems, gain weight and gray hair.
And through all that, your spouse gets to know you better than any other person on earth. Some might wonder, I know you say you’re committed to me, but are you glad you are committed to me? Would you do this again?
And in the end, your commitment to each other needs to be based on one thing- your faith in the God who brought you together. That bedrock should be like a granite foundation – rock solid and immovable.
Colossians 3:12-16: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish on another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
The teddy bears were given to me on a long ago Valentine’s Day. They usually sit on our bed.
To see more great pictures of True Love visit Darcy at Project 52.