I was watching a movie the other afternoon with Mom. It was a mediocre movie at best, but it starred Hugh Jackman, so really, how bad of a mistake would it be to blow a couple hours on that reason alone? Plus it was a rainy, miserably humid day outside… well, you get the picture.
Anyways, there was a touching scene where the main character’s (played by Ashley Judd) sister is in a hospital bed after just having lost her baby. Ashley is holding her sweet sister, they are talking, and crying when the sister’s husband walks in and sits on the end of the bed. He rubs her feet under the covers and in all sincertity looks into her eyes and says, “Look at my wife. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?” The moment felt heavy with emotion and I felt tears well up in my eyes. And then I felt them course little rivulets down my cheeks. Because in that moment, I saw IT.
I saw what we all want.
What we all dream for, pray for, hope for, and long for.
Someone who loves us unconditionally, wholly, and completely. Who could look at us in our darkest and hardest life moments and see the wonder and beauty within us.
Someone who cheers us up when we are sad and pays us compliments when we don’t feel good about ourselves.
Someone who cherishes us.
Someone willing to stand by us in the good times and bad.
It’s what we all want isn’t it?
And some of us have been fortunate enough to find that.
My parents celebrate 27 years of marriage today. And while it is no fairytale or a great, romantic sweeping saga that people will one day write about, it is a story of 2 people who love each other unconditionally, wholly, completely, and unwaveringly.
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard Dad tell me that “Your mother is the best thing that has ever happenned to me.” I don’t even mind that I fall later on that list at the dreaded runner-up postition because I am so glad they happenned to each other.
I am so glad that they have made it to celebrate 27 years and that I was not like one of so many of my friends who grew up in a divorced home.
I am so glad that they have made a commitment to keeping Christ center in their marriage, their decisions, and have set a godly example to me of what a committed and loving Christian marriage looks like, albeit imperfect.
For all these things and so many more, I am beyond grateful on this day!
Happy Anniversary to you Mom and Dad! I love you both with all of my heart.
Here’s to 27 more…