I’ve been sitting here today with writer’s block! What do I write about for my first Wifey Wednesday post? I was stumped! But while sitting here I happened to glance up and see this picture hanging on my wall. It’s an old framed print that I picked up at a yard sale (I LOVE yard sale finds) over the summer.
I just love this old print. It is a little rough and shows its age, but its not the stains that I pay attention to. It’s the message on the print.
For All Eternity
Where’er you go dear, I will go. Through all the happy days. And where you live there I will live. Close by your side I’ll stay.
In gladness or in sadness dear, Whate’er our fate may be. Together we shall share it all. For all eternity.
I just love that! In the 3 years my husband and I have been married we have been through more trials and tribulations than many couples go through in their entire lives. But through it all we have stuck it out. There have been times I wanted to walk away and I’m sure he did too, when things were so stressful but I have told him many times, “no matter what happens, no matter where you are, there I will be too.”
In the book of Ruth in the Bible, Ruth’s devotion to her husband is so strong that even after his death she continues to show her love through her devotion to his mother Naomi. After Ruth’s husband died, Naomi (her mother-in-law) encouraged her to return to her people. “But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.” –Ruth 1:16 NIV
As I’m sitting here looking at this print on my wall, I realize that the stains and watermarks on it are symbolic of a real marriage. We all have stains or scars in our relationships. Whether its hurt feelings, broken trusts, or indiscretions. Maybe it was a really stressful time that put a strain on your marriage, the loss of a child, loss of a job, or an illness. Whatever those stains are, they are adding character to your marriage. The person I bought this from could have thrown it in the trash because of the stains but he didn’t. The same is true with our marriages. We could toss them in the trash when they doesn’t look so “pretty”, or we could grab some cleaner and make the other parts of it sparkle!
Enjoy your Wifey Wednesday!