In my line of work I do quite a bit of marriage counseling, but more often than not it’s just conversing with individuals who are in horrible marriages and seem to be the only spouse that cares. Almost once a week I would have one of those “are you kidding me” counseling sessions and I would be reminded how blessed I was to be married to a godly woman like Amy. We had an incredible marriage and I would often tell her, “I’m so glad you’re my wife.” I was! I saw first hand how horrible some marriages were. How self centered, how mean, how ugly some spouses could be. Marriage can be so fulfilling. Why do so many people ruin it!
Speaking of great marriages. Today, Emrie and I attended the 50th wedding anniversary for Junior and Betty Lea. Betty has multiple sclerosis and has been bed ridden for most of their marriage. When Junior said “for better, for worse…in sickness and in health”, he meant it. He has waited on her hand and foot for years. Never complaining, just loving her as Christ loved the church. Praise God for men like Junior Lea who make a choice to love even when that beautiful bride that met them at the alter, can no longer walk. Even when the hand that they held as they slipped the ring on her finger is now drawn into a clinched fist. Now, that’s a man!
To all those who find themselves married, can I encourage you to love them while you have them, because you never know how long that season will be.