Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth. (Prov.5:18)
I have the privilege later today of performing a wedding ceremony for two very special young people. As we have met a few times to discuss the ceremony and talk about marriage, I kept reminding them that even if everything doesn’t go according to plan during the ceremony, the most important thing is that they will still be married when it is all said and done. At almost every ceremony I have performed or attended, there has usually been some small glitch (even a few major ones). Everyone is stressed out, hoping that everything will go perfectly, and the stress level rises the nearer they get to the ceremony. That is why I try to reassure them that the most important thing is God joining them together as husband and wife. What if we remembered this long after the ceremony is over? Let’s face it, we want our lives to go according to script, but it rarely does. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the greatest blessings and joys you will ever have in life come when life deviates from the way we think it should go. There will be troubles and trials, heartaches and struggles, arguments and disagreements. There will be unexpected bills, job changes/loss, moves, etc. Husbands and wives sometimes allow these distractions to come between them. What if we reminded ourselves often that no matter what happens in life, we are still married? What if we both told each other that no matter how difficult life gets that we are not going anywhere, not giving up on each other? Allow the difficulties of life to make you grow closer to each other and to God. It sure makes the good times in life (which far outweigh the troubles) that much sweeter!
“Father, thank you for blessing our lives with godly spouses. Help us to be so committed to you that we will always remain faithful to each other. Help us to weather the storms of life together so that we can bring glory to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”