I opened my eyes as I felt his hand over mine. I came closer to him and we whispered “Happy Anniversary”
18 years of happy marriage can only happen because of God’s grace. A man and his woman come together and walk into a covenant that resembles Christ’s perfect union with his Church. A holy union that makes them one body, one soul, One.
Marriage is a mystery indeed. When I think on how we have walked 18 years together under His grace, I ponder on what marriage really is: two sinful creatures pursuing what might look impossible, love each other as we die to ourselves. Marriage can never survive where two never become one, and even fight not to become one.
As another year passes and we touch and kiss, and hold hands, and dream together I am the more convinced that marriage is the best place to grow in the Lord. I remember when I was a teenager and I wanted to change the world and go to the mission field to serve my Lord there; yet in His providence He did not allow me to do so, instead he brought me to my Man; and here, by his side in our home is where I have found that God wants me to serve Him, where dying to myself produces delicious fruits.
Sometimes it might seem easier to serve outside our home, yet for me, the trial has been more than once as simple as to bring my husband a glass of water when he is thirsty and we are already in bed and I am tired of a long day. Other times, the growing process has been to learn to honor him in every conversation, always lifting him up and not tearing him down. Marriage is a place where we need to take off our sandals because it is indeed holy ground. Marriage was from the beginning a place where the Man and his Woman come naked before their Maker and doing so they glorify Him.
18 years and we still have dreams, and we still hold hands, and we still look for each other’s bodies in the night. It is a mystery, it is holy ground.
Other related posts:
Marriage and Wine
One + One= One
Marriage and Sola Scriptura
In Love for 63 Years
Another great post about Marriage and the Ten Commandments,
by Douglas Wilson, is found here.
And one of my favorite articles about love, My Song is Love Unknown,
by Toby Sumpter is found here.