Many waters cannot quench love;
neither can rivers drown it.
Song of Songs 8:7a
Don and I just had our 21st engagement anniversary. We were engaged on my birthday and it was a quiet affair, just the two of us. This anniversary came and went even more quietly because I remembered it a few days after my birthday.
God has been very good to us; He has been with us these 21 years, helping us to love and forgive each other. Our marriage isn’t perfect (whose is?), but we’re committed to each other, and as Don likes to remind me, he made a covenant with me, before the Lord, to love and cherish me, as long as we both live.
Before we were married Don shared a dream he had about us. He saw two trees, with deep roots firmly planted in good soil, become one as they entwined their trunks and branches; as they grew together, their branches reached for the sky in praise of God.
Funny, isn’t it, that I would remember that dream right now. Today I see those trees as stronger and better able to withstand the winds, storms, and fires that come. We’ve had our share of assailants, but because each one of us is first firmly rooted in the Lord and are one with Him and in marriage, we are more than conquerors.
I don’t know what the next 21 years have in store for us, or if we’ll be around for that long; but of this I’m sure, our God is with us and for us. He knows the beginning and the end; therefore, He knows what’s ahead for us and is now preparing us for it. “To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2Timothy 4:18b)