As my hubby and I celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary it brings to mind the previous anniversaries we’ve celebrated through the years. With a special date so close to Christmas, we usually stay home and cook a romantic meal together and enjoy the ambience of Christmas lights and holiday music during this magical time of year.
But we haven’t always been together for every anniversary. While hubby was active duty, there were many times he’d be deployed to some place around the world. Because we said our vows at 7:00 P.M., we always had dinner at 7:00 and lit our “special” candles. These candles were never burned at any other time of the year; only on our anniversary as we ate dinner.
On those anniversaries hubby was gone, he made every effort to call me at 7:00 P.M. my time to wish me a happy anniversary. However, he wasn’t able to control whether or not that would be possible and he always cautioned me he could be out to sea or someplace where a phone wasn’t available. These were the days before every household had a PC or the internet, and email capabilities were not available.
Call it trust or childlike faith, I always expected the phone to ring at 7:00 when he was deployed. It didn’t matter to me if he told me he wouldn’t be able to because the ship was out to sea or he was being deployed to another location without a means to communicate. And you know what? That call came in every single time. There wasn’t an anniversary that he didn’t manage to call me at 7:00 while deployed.
If only I could capture that childlike trust and place my faith completely in my Lord. I say I trust Him but then when it comes down to fine matters, and when trouble looms, I take it out of His hands by trying to solve my own problems, or worse, sulk over circumstances. Woe is me. Can you relate?
I have to remember it’s in whom I place my trust that counts. If I could trust that my hubby would call no matter the circumstances, how could I not trust the Lord with all my being? I have His word to give testimony of His unfailing love, mercy, and His sovereignty.
Jeremiah 17:7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.”