The knowledge I wish I could share with these two and the risky we can do “anything together” attitude I wish they could remind me of daily. I love the way these two thought, how conquering the world was plausible and obstacles beware because they were ready.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together,
and edify one another,
even as also ye do.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
The year that followed was hard and busy, beautiful and strengthening. We saw each other twice in 10 months, writing letters daily, growing on our own and planning this life that was to follow. I will always be thankful for that year, that year of growth, of sharing, of two hearts growing closer, miles apart. We married at the end of that 10 months and 15 years later we can see how God took two very young people, with goals and dreams that were self-serving and changed them for His glory.
And we know that God causes
all things to work together for good
to those who love God,
to those who are called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28He has watched us stumble and braced us, watched us falling and made us fly, and has turned our efforts into perfection. Without Him we would be twisting grasses in the wind but instead God has planted seeds of joy around us, fed us, sheltered us and allowed us to grow.
And yet I show you a more excellent way.
1 Corinthians 12:31More then anything in these 15 years, I am thankful for the struggle, for the hard times, for the imperfect moments that have developed in us as muscles of strength, a heart of perseverance and anchors of trust.
Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.
15 years ago we were scarless, our battle wounds were few, but the grooves we have now, the etches in our very being hold us tighter together, forging a unity that is ours.