Tom and I just celebrated the anniversary of the date he proposed to me. That was in 1978–when the Jesus Movement was in full swing. I remember how in love we were (and still are) and how passionate we were (and still are) for Jesus. The future was open wide before us, but we had no idea what God had planned. We only knew from that day, Saturday, September 16th, we would walk this road together.
We are so grateful!
How did we celebrate? Tom took me to breakfast and then to the park where he popped the question. That day 36 years ago wasn’t a big planned event. In fact, no one knew he was proposing, except the jeweler that worked for him at Gordon’s Jewelers. 🙂 He didn’t ask my dad permission to marry me until AFTER he asked me–something we wouldn’t recommend since being parents of daughters ourselves. (whoops!)
That night so long ago, The Archers and Andre Crouch were playing at the Bob Carr auditorium. Tom had planned for us to go out with friends to celebrate and then attend the concert. Little did I know how those songs would become such a reminder of that day for us.
So, this gave us the idea to look on You Tube for those songs–and we found them! It was the best date night ever! We listened to Phil Keaggy, The Archers, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Barry McGuire, The Wall Brothers, to name just a few. This is the music that had been a huge means of God’s grace in our early years together, and hearing them sing was as if no time had passed at all.
The thread of God’s faithfulness was evident.
Things we are still learning today, He was speaking to us then. Only our young eyes didn’t see the thread, but it was there. And that same thread is there in your life and your marriage too. Have you taken the time to look for it? We encourage you to ask God to help you see it.
He is faithful and will complete the work He’s begun in you and in your marriage. How do I know? Because His Word promises us it is so.
What songs has God used in your marriage to draw you closer to Him and to each other?
That’s super cool! 🙂
I agree with Markus – way cool!
My having a terminal illness has done some damage to my marriage – my wife is looking to her future, and I am looking to a fight I still do not intend to lose. So there’s not much shared music, or anything else.
One song that is helping me with the new and rather lonely reality is Linkin park’s “Iridescent”. I’m taking the liberty of providing the link to the video on Youtube. I hope this is acceptable.
It’s a lovely song, and a weirdly compelling video.
I’m so sorry to hear what you’re going through, but, if you’re in Christ the truth is you are Not alone. It may feel that way because of the trouble you’re facing, so this is why we must remind
ourselves that God is always with you. And He is a present help in your time of trouble.
I thought of another song that I pray will compel you and comfort you in a special way as you face such a difficult time in your marriage. May it encourage you.
Thanks, Debi. Kari Jobe’s song is wonderful.
I am not alone, no matter how much I may feel it.
And I am NEVER out of the fight.
Wonderful, Andrew. Looking up and out instead of down and inward makes all the difference in how we respond to our trials.
Tom and Debi