November 21, 2009

In Sickness and In Health...

While we walked the beach one morning with the children I saw something that provoked a thought or two on this subject. A married couple walked past ~ slowly traveling in the opposite direction.

Both appeared to be in their early sixties.

He walked straight and tall, strong and sure. She, on the other hand, was visibly marred ~ possibly the victim of a stroke. It was such a beautiful picture to me of his love for her...she leaned on him and held his arm. He remained steadfast in his commitment ~ immovable in his devotion.

Where had they come from? What had they gone through in their lives together?

Who were they both leaning on for strength?

Our hope is in God and His all-sustaining power.
What do people do who don't have the Lord to lean on in such times?

I thought of the vows we made on our wedding day. Did we realize the deep things we were committing to? Vowing to do? We were young and idealistic...did we really believe we would we ever have difficulties and challenges? On that day it seemed unlikely ~ but what would our future hold?

What a blessing to know WHO holds the future...we do not need to fear what lies ahead. As long as we are walking with the ONE Who has it all in HIS Sovereign and complete control. As long as we are children of THE KING of kings! Day by day and moment by moment, we have discovered that HE gives the strength and grace to face even the unthinkable.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Oh my! We had NO idea what we were getting into when we got married in 1971! We did NOT know the Lord, so right off the bat we had strikes against us. In 1978 we both got born again, and tho it has been rocky at times, we were/are committed to each other. And currently I am leaning a LOT on my husband as I have to have knee replacement surgery after the 1st of the year!

J said...

I wish we lived close so we could talk over a cup of coffee. I know exactly what you write of...I've seen couples like that and had the same thoughts. And NO WAY did my husband and I have ANY idea what we were committing to! We, too, were young and idealistic. :) Totally unaware of the journey we were beginning. How wonderful that God is faithful and continues to work in us to conform us to His likeness!

Heather said...

I love this.
By the way, where did you get all your sweetness, Camille? :) Thanks for responding to my posts.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

What an awesome little story. It is a good reminder that when we get married, we are committed to our spouse as well as the Lord. If we both lean on Him, then we can make it through anything!

Vickie said...

Hi Camille - Thanks for visiting my blog! It's very nice to meet you, too, dear!

Loved your post today. I often look at older couples with the same awe and wonder that you have. But I have found that after 31 years of marriage, our love has grown so much and we are so much a part of each other, that we wouldn't have it any other way. We didn't know what we were getting ourselves into when we married either, but when you're both Christians, and your marriage is based on Christ, then HE is the glue that sticks you together through everything. People can't tell where one ends and the other begins.

I'll come back when I can read more! You sound like you are doing a wonderful job with your husband and children and home. God bless you, Camille!

Sharon said...

Good Morning Camille :) Isn't it wonderful when the Lord shows you things that others may take for granted and He gives you a lesson too?

Our first year of marriage we LITERALLY took turns in the Emergency Room. I think back now and if we did not lean on the Lord and each other like we did, things could have been very bad. I am so thankful for having such a loving and caring God who has blessed me beyond measure with a wonderful husband through thick or thin.

Thank you for sharing your heart and insight Camille. You are much appreciated!!!


Camille said...

Cindy ~ What a blessing that the Lord saved you both! I'm sorry to hear about your kneee...sounds like you have a sweet husband to lean on...God is so good! :)

J ~ Isn't it amazing how God is merciful to give us daily what we need and He NEVER gives us more than we can handle...with His strength and grace! Oh...anytime you are here in the Pacific Northwest we must get together and have that coffee! :)

Beth ~ So glad you stopped by! You are so right...the Lord will get us through ANYTHING!! :)

Heather ~ It's the Lord in me...I am a wretch without Him!! The longer I am a Christian the more sin I see...makes me aware of my need to lean on Him even more!

Vickie ~ Welcome! Such a wonderful testimony of God's goodness to you...31 years of marriage is so rare these days! I am sure you and your husband are an encouragement to many! :)

Sharon ~ SO true...God is the ONE Who teaches us these things. Such a blessing that you and your husband had each other and the Lord through that trying time. I am sure it knit you together in a way that otherwise may not have been possible. Trials have a way of doing that...drawing us closer to God and one another. Thanks for your encouragement today! :)

Blessings to you all!


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

What a beautiful post, Camille!