Yes, today we celebrate 48 years! I know, I can’t believe it either. In my head I still feel like a college girl. My body says I’m delusional.
So, on that hot August day in 1969 did John and I have any idea what we were doing?
Did we love each other?
Yes, as much as we knew what that meant at that time.
Did we know one another?
We thought so…but…
Do we know and understand one another completely now?
Are you kidding?
Of course not!
If we did know and understand each other completely marriage would be boring. We are 2 different people growing as individuals and as a couple.
Marriage is a bit like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
You put it together one piece at a time. Some pieces are easy to fit, others harder to place. The creator of the puzzle knows what it will look like when it is finished. Beautiful.
In a similar way, God is putting our marriage together and He’s not in a hurry. He knows the final picture and it won’t be finished this side of heaven. We will always be growing into oneness.
I am so grateful for the 48 years we’ve had together. I have learned much about myself, the faithfulness of God, and the amazing man He has given me.
So, what do I most admire about my husband?
His consistent desire to be growing in his relationship with God.
For 48 years, he’s gotten up at the crack of dawn to pray for the two of us, our 5 kids as they came along, and their future spouses. And now our 21 grandchildren.
In good times, hard times, days that his calendar was way too full to take time for this, he made time alone with the Lord to pray and read the scriptures. This has been his first priority of each day.
For 48 years this one discipline has given me incredible security.
So here’s a toast to “Johnny.” You are still the man of my dreams!
My best friend forever.