Today is our anniversary. Forty three years ago I was younger, slimmer and fairly new at being a Christian. I was filled with anticipation but also with nervousness. What would the future hold? I was about to make promises without knowing how our lives would turn out. I loved my fiancé and trusted in his character and his word but, we all know about the divorce rate – and it wasn’t much different then. All those people had also at one stage loved their partners and wanted to make a commitment for life.
In a way, becoming a Christian is something like getting married. We commit ourselves to Someone without knowing the future or how our commitment will be tested. All we know is we love Him, He loves us, and we trust Him with our lives. Quite a daunting prospect! We look forward with anticipation and a certain amount of nervousness.
I think anticipation is a more active version of hope. We have excitement, butterflies in our stomach and a glow of happiness. Hope is a more steady, stable joy that is lasting.
“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5 New American Standard Bible.)
So here I stand, forty three years later looking back on a happy marriage. To be sure it wasn’t always downhill and there were rough patches, set backs and sorrows. But we faced them together and made happy memories.
And I have been journeying with Christ for about forty four years and there have been rough patches and heartaches and the nitty gritty of life, but I’ve never regretted saying yes to Him.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the wonderful husband You have given me and for the forty three years You’ve walked alongside us in our marriage. May we never loose the anticipation of the future with each other and with You.