Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Walking Dates

This afternoon while attending to my personal bathroom duties, I picked up my favorite toilet read, Married for Life; Inspiration from those married 50 years or more. I know, you've been waiting for the day when I share stories of me and a toilet, but rest assure that the line is drawn mid-waist.

During the days I often find myself lost in thought about the future with the big guy. In the months to come we will be seeing many blessing fall into place; some of which we don't know about yet--leading to unexpected joys, unattainable love, and new opportunities. In the last 3 weeks we have experienced the grace of God through situations we never saw coming; leaving us all the more convicted then the moments prior. Which has led us closer in our individual relationship with Him, allowing constant surrender throughout the day; then continuing an intimate and God centered growth within our relationship.

Today while reading different stories from couples far more advanced in their marriage, one made me stop and smile, reflecting on the things {past and present} that add simplistic joy and sweet moments in our daily life as a married couple; one of which, Walking Dates.

Enjoy the simple things--like looking at sunsets.
Auburn & Louise Roland 
MARRIED: December 14, 1935

Auburn and Louise did their courting on "walking dates."
"We lived out in the country," says Louise, "and neither family had a car."
Today they enjoy just driving around together, often stopping to eat out.

When you and your spouse feel the need to get back to basics, to look beyond the clutter and clamor of this bewildering, complicated world and see what really matters, just go outside together for a moment and gaze upward. No matter what time of day it is, you will witness God's splendor--and you'll be reminded that your primary purpose in living, the fundamental reason why the Lord created you both and brought you together, is to worship Him.

Psalm 19:1-2 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge." Whether you behold a sunrise or a sunset, whether the skies are blue or gray, whether you see a full moon or nothing but stars, whether the clouds are bunny rabbits or thunderheads--God made it all, and He is worthy of adoration.

Spend time with your spouse outdoors now and then, just enjoying the simple things, wondering at the beauty of God's awesome works, and doing what the Lord created you to do. And when a butterfly floats out of the sky and alights nearby, examine it closely and consider, Who but God could have made such a lovely, "simple" thing?

Perhaps after dinner this evening you'll skip the dessert, head out the front door and find enjoyment in something sweeter; rich and indulgent beauty created by Him, for you and him to adore, all the while adoring each other.

1 comment:

Missy said...

Great post! I need this!