rivers cannot wash it away.
~Song of Solomon 8:7 NIV
That was the verse we chose as the theme for our wedding so long ago.
Bridal Veil Falls is a place we have visited many times throughout the years. Today it is a reminder to me that 'many waters cannot quench love'. Love is what keeps a marriage going...gives comfort in the tough times...ignites laughter and joy...and provides refreshment.
Jesus was the ultimate example of what love should look like. He loved even when He was rejected. He pursued us...found us...and gave His life for us. That is the kind of love we need in our marriages. Love that will go to all lengths. Love that will prevail in good times and bad.
Forty years ago today we took our marriage vows...before God and our family and friends. We were filled with hopes and dreams....and never gave a thought to the 'many waters' that would come our way. They came...in the form of crop failures and financial worries in the early years...through a serious car accident that changed the course of our life in many ways...and with death and disappointments within the family. Though there have been many challenges and hardships along the way...there was none so great that it could sink our marriage. We were always aware that we were not on this journey alone...that God was in control.
Through the good times and the bad...God has been there for us. Though we didn't wish to go through the rough waters...our love and faith have been strengthened by those very things. Today I am most thankful for a wonderful and godly husband with whom I have been privileged to share forty years of my life. Forty years is not the end of the road...but a milestone to be celebrated along the way. We know there are bound to be more 'rapids' up ahead and we plan to let God help us navigate them. Today we thank Him for bringing us safely this far. Great is His faithfulness!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!