As we go into our 8th year of marriage I observe that we are only just beginning to truly scratch the surface of intimately knowing someone well and truly learning to love or beginning to love as Christ Jesus loved and loves us. I can't imagine what it will be like to spend eternity with Jesus for whosoever believes in His death on the Cross for forgiveness of sins and His resurrection for eternal life because He's God and infinitely to be known, yet I realize just how much knowing we have here on earth with each other in our marriage. I wonder how many marriages are terminated or end prematurely before this really happens or stagnate too and never really go deeper than whatever was gained and grown in the early years. In some ways it's really like learning to grow up again in both cases because with Jesus we are born again and from above (John 3:3), no longer by flesh but by God's Holy Spirit and then we learn to drink milk, eat solid food, walk, run obey, be self controlled, like a child does from the time they are born and as they grow up. I feel like in marriage it is similar because there are no longer two, but the two will become one and learn to grow up together, no longer just as individuals but as one united front, in oneness, one person from the two. It is truly a mystery because that's also Christ's love for the Church and that's mind blowing to think about!
But all that to say that I am honored to be married to and to have Becca as my bride and wife for the past 8 years. God has made, is making us one more and more and has raised her and both of us up together more and more into the likeness of Christ Jesus through marriage and my earnest prayer and hope and desire is that bring glory to the Name, to His name and that we live in a manner worthy of our calling to marriage until we see Jesus face to face in glory!
I love you, Becca! “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” (Proverbs 31:29 ESV)