Very few of us, when looking back on our life see a straight line. For most, that line looks like the graph of the New York Stock Exchange recently. It jigs and jags all over the place leaving one to wonder how on earth we ended up where we are.
When young, we look at what lies ahead in life as one looks at a fireworks display. It goes straight up and explodes in an array of color and sound. Most young people think that all they need to do is go to school for 16 years and there will be a lucrative job waiting along with Mr. or Miss Right to marry, buy a house and fill with many children.
Whether this naivety is simply part of being young or the deception of our culture, there are very few people whose lives end up being so straight forward and simple. For many of us, our lives look like one of patchwork quilts that seemingly make little sense except to the one who sewed it together.
Our lives are made up of millions upon millions of individual situations, decisions and events. Some of these things we have control over, but many we do not. When looking back on one's life, it doesn't take long to realize how differently it would have turned out if one decision or another would have been different than what happened.
Sometimes when I watch a television show I think how my life would be completely different if only my mom would not have passed on her genes to me that make me a large person. I think how different my life would be if my dad had not given me a veritable potpourri of medical conditions that have occupied much of my life the past 15 years. If only my mom would have been skinny and my dad a super athlete, I could now be an aging model or a retired sports star now.
You know, I didn't have any say in the matter when I was conceived. I wasn't allowed to object to the combination of genes which would in time become ME. By the time I entered this world, it was pretty well determined who I was and what I could and could not do in this life. Of course there were a million and one things that would be dependent on my choices, but there were many other things locked into my DNA code that I had no control over.
My wife's sister just went through a week no one would ever want to go through. Her heart went out of rhythm and after many days in the hospital the same procedure I had in February was done (an ablation) that ended up taking 6 hours and the doctor saying afterward it was in the top 5 of worst cases he had ever seen. Thankfully the procedure was a 100% success and she was actually home less than 24 hours after it was performed.
Wrapped up in the genetic code of my wife's family was a stray gene that produced this situation. My wife also has an aunt who had the same thing, only worse. Both my wife and her mother have minor versions of the same problem.
God knows that 22 years ago today when Blest and I got married that we fully expected to have children. We tried and tried for years with no success. It was not until my physical problems surfaced in 1997 and now the current situation with her sister arose that we realized that maybe, just maybe, God was watching over and protecting someone from facing what could have been a train wreck genetically. Maybe God decided in His infinite wisdom to wait and bless us with children for all eternity who would be perfect instead of the ordeal involved with having and raising genetically impaired children in this life.
I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do know that through an amazing and spectacular set of circumstances that dated back to the 1950's, God set in motion all that was needed so that in HIS due time Mr. B2Y and Miss Blest would end up spending the better part of this life as husband and wife. I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God placed us together for there is simply no way on earth we could have ever figured it out. It was God who orchestrated the circumstances so that in HIS due time, against all odds, we ended up together.
Thank you for allowing me to share a few of my disjointed thoughts on this special day. It is truly nothing short of a miracle that God saw fit to allow Blest and me to be together and after a multitude of physical, financial and other woesÂ€Â”be a billion times closer and happier now than we were 22 years ago (which is hard to believe since we were VERY HAPPY then).
NEVER EVER doubt the providence of God. He truly does know what He is doing and if will but trust Him, He will direct our lives down the road that HE knows is the best for us. I know He has done that for Blest and me and I pray He does for each of you too.
Congratulations! and Happy Wedding Anniversary to you B2Y and Blest.
He has been faithful thus far, faithful today and will be faithful in the days ahead.
Praise the Lord!
I pray His blessings continue in all ways in all the years to come to both of you.
Serve Him with gladness and let the joy of the Lord be your strength.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you, may he lift up his countenance upon you and give you his peace. May you be blessed with many more years as husband and wife. I pray that God continues to strengthen you daily.
PS You share this auspicious day with Irish who is celebrating his birthday!
Oh, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, dear friends!!!!!!!!!
Yes, as happy as you and Blest were 22 years ago, a good marriage becomes more and more blessed with each passing year.
This should not be surprising for the very author and designer of marriage is God himself!
May the Lord pour out His blessings upon you and Blest as you do life together with God.
Dear B2Y--Happy 22nd anniversary, my friend. Having seen you and blest together, I agree that you are a happy couple. May our Lord continue to grant you the love, compassion, mercy and grace which come only from knowing Him as Lord and Savior. Congratulations, and may you be blessed with many more anniversaries. With brotherly love in Christ--Ron
Happy 22nd aniversary Brother B2Y and Sister Blest! Psalm 71:17-18 O God You have taught me from my youth; and to this day I declare your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God do not foresake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to everyone who is to come. Congrats and may His radiance continue to warm you 2 forever! Amen! Dave
Happy Anniversary, Honey And thank you. The words to "Something Good" from "The Sound of Music" are going through my mind right now... 'Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good...' Don't know if that's true or not, but I am eternally thankful to our Heavenly Father who moved heaven and earth to bring us together in a fantasmagorical way. And I am eternally thankful to you, the absolutely perfect husband for me, for stepping through the door God opened lo those many years ago... Thank you, Honey and Thank You, Father