The passage we chose for the message was Matthew 7:24-25, which says "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock." Now that of course had a valid meaning since our original wedding location was flooded out 3 weeks prior to the wedding, but that wasn't what the tears were for either.
There was a momma off to the left that my gaze would lock onto. This mom was a parent of one of my students. Just 2 months prior, this momma had to bury her 18 month little girl that died from a freak accident in their driveway. As my eyes caught this mother, I was reminded of the reality that we didn't have a clue what was ahead of us as we entered this blissful marriage. The thought of our marriage in Christ being a firm foundation for our future family, a foundation that quite possibly would endure storms of various intensity. It was this that brought tears to my eyes, the fearful anticipation of what storms our marriage may have to endure.
Little did I know that the reality would indeed be intense storms. That there would be no way either of us could survive the past few years without the other and our firm foundation. Truly, this foundation is all we have to cling to. This foundation is the source of love, encouragement, strength, and refuge.
Our wedding verse, "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer," (Romans 12:12) is the testimony of our last year in particular. As I reflect, there is no better verse to speak to our hearts at the present!
I couldn't imagine walking this journey with anyone else! As I told a friend tonight, our marriage is so much greater than a one day anniversary, and as I lay here in a random hotel 8 states away from my hubby, I know that with much prayer and commitment, our love will only grow stronger and stronger.
Feel free to always pray for our marriage though. The statistics for special needs parents' divorce rate is staggering. If in doubt of what to pray for with special needs families...strength for mommies and daddies relationships with each other and the Lord to serve as a firm foundation for the family.
To many more years....