Sunday, June 10, 2012

Life, 14 years later

young love :-)

So it's a few days overdue, but I didn't want to let our 14th anniversary go by without sending some love across the blog to the man who asked me to marry him. :-) Wow, what a lot the Lord has done in our lives since that day when two young, naive people made those vows to each other. When questioned about when divorce was "okay" with God, our Lord responded:

Matthew 19:5-6

New King James Version (NKJV)
5" and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?[a] So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.

I know we had no idea the implications of this truth back then. Honestly, had God not been the one who joined us together, we wouldn't have made it past year seven. He has been so good and faithful to us, giving us a second chance even when we tried to break apart what He joined. I am forever thankful to Gabe for having the faith to take that chance with me!

But you see, it isn't just about us or our love story, romantic as it is :-) (we were just 19 and met in Colorado one summer when I was a camp nurse and he was a young Air Force Academy cadet..) or our reunion story, though that's miraculous too. Marriage was created to glorify God, not God to glorify marriage. Just like friendship, siblings, parent-child, and every other relationship was created to reflect God and how He loves us, His children. Marriage was given to us specifically to reflect how Jesus loves His church, the people He died for.

Ephesians 5:31-32

New King James Version (NKJV)
31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[a] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Last night we started a Love&Respect class with some other couples and the leader had us read an article on marriage by John Piper. I was really struck by Piper's point that our marriages are to reflect the glory of God, and the more we look to Him and want to glorify Him in our relationship, the more His love will flow through us to each other. It becomes about Him instead of about us and our need for the other person to fulfill us. So we're certainly not there yet, but it's a good place to be striving towards!

For now though, we are blessed. Happy Anniversary, honey. Can't wait to see where the road ahead leads!

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