May 1st is May Day in the Northern Hemisphere. With pagan origins, it is a day that celebrates the new life of Spring. I celebrate new life on May Day too! But, it is a day significant for other reasons.
Today is our second Anniversary! Those of you who came to our wedding nine and a half years ago may be scratching your head, so I will gladly clear up the confusion for you. Two years ago we renewed our vows, committed to move forward and, most importantly, we gave our marriage over to God.
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping the flames.
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
That verse speaks volumes to me because it is a picture of our marriage and the condemned structure we had initially built. Over the course of seven years we had been building a really shabby foundation. Everything from the cornerstone up was haphazardly placed with second-rate building materials and a sloppy mix of mortar that was cracking and crumbling. (Truthfully, it wasn’t even pretty to look at.)When I recommitted my life to the Lord in 2010, I began praying for my husband. Early in 2011, he became a Christian. When God’s light shined in to our home and onto that foundation, it was completely consumed in the fire that ensued. All of the crud, lies, poor workmanship, sin, selfishness, pride and arrogance was revealed in the light and the whole thing came crumbling down. With pastoral counseling and a whole year of professional Christian counseling, God helped us keep the dust from the implosion under control so our children didn’t feel the effects. Then, we committed to move forward. Jesus laid our new cornerstone and the new construction commenced…two new lives, a new marriage, new hope and new love. GOD IS GOOD!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. LOVE NEVER FAILS.
1 Corinthians 13:48
I am here to tell you, folks, that God can do ANYTHING! If your situation, your marriage, your life seems beyond repair…you need to seek the right materials and the right builder.
Happy Anniversary, Hubby!
Praise the Lord for new life!