April 12, 2011
Proverbs 31:28 …her husband also, and he praises her
It’s funny how early we get our ideas of love and what it should be and what it should look like; those who are fortunate enough to have it displayed in their homes by their parents are blessed immensely. But if you’re not so fortunate, many times you turn to fairytales; I love fairytales, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White (this is only one of the many reasons I love Walt Disney World). However, as fun as each of those stories are to read and pretend; they are not a very honest interpretation of love. Being “in love” is not exactly like that. Instead, being “in love” is both more complicated and easier than that. Honest true love that should define a marriage of believers is one of choice. You choose each day to love your husband no matter what. You choose to show him love in small and big ways each day. Hopefully the same if being done for you too! How much more liberating is it to rest in the knowledge that your husband’s love isn’t based on some fleeting emotion that might leave as quickly as it came, instead, his love is based on his choosing to love you. One of my most favorite verses in the bible is Song of Solomon 2:17 “My beloved is mine and I am his…”. What an intimate portrait of marriage is this. We, husbands and wives, are not just two people who live together, raise children together, but are not together. Nope, we are a couple, we are two people whose lives are so intertwined that you cannot separate the two. I am deeply in love with my husband, and our marriage is not perfect, we fight, we make up, we argue but every day we choose to love each other more. This is the marriage I would guess that our Excellent Woman enjoyed with her husband!