Today I am thanking You for twenty-one years of a blessed marriage to a good man. When my first husband told me the night before he died that I would marry a good man, I didn’t want to hear anything about it. I couldn’t possibly think of loving anyone else. After heavily grieving the loss of my first soul mate, I had to deal with the incredible loneliness and void where he had stood next to me for 18 years of marriage. I told You, Lord, that I would remain single the rest of my life if that’s what You wanted for me but confided how much I missed being married and serving together with a husband who loved You. I asked that if You wanted me to be married, You would pick someone out because I saw the best in everyone and I might make a mistake. I told You I would not go looking but that You would have to place that man right in front of me…And You did.
You placed a good man in my life and showed me he was Your choice. I have always been sure from that moment on. We have gone through a lot of life together. For one thing, who else would be brave enough to marry a woman with four children when he had 3 of his own? We’ve been through blending our families, illnesses, deaths, births, raising children and teenagers, family issues, financial issues, church challenges, multiple trials…We’ve gone camping and hiking in 29 degree weather, gone on missions, vacations and adventures together. We’ve had disagreements and made up. We’ve discovered our differences make us stronger as a team. We’ve kept each other warm and froze one another with icy feet. We’ve stood by one another when trials come. We’ve faced many ups and downs side-by-side and covering one another’s back. We’ve cried together, cooked together, played together, worked hard together, ministered together, read the Bible together, prayed together and worshipped You together.
You had a great idea when You put us together. In fact, You had an amazing idea when You designed marriage. You placed us together to complete each other. I love that marriage is a profound mystery…a picture of Jesus and His church. It’s incredible to me that my husband loves me despite my short-comings and mistakes. He looks past my wrinkles and impurities and sees the beautiful bride he loves. I realize more fully each passing year just how much I respect this good man You’ve placed in my life. Thank You for Jesus’ looking past all the imperfections of the Church and seeing His glorious Bride. We fit together with Jesus. We are made complete and beautiful in Him. We are in You and You are in us! What a glorious marriage!
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:22-33
“As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5b
Father, help me be the Bride You can rejoice over…