Yesterday, September 23rd, was my wedding anniversary. Todd and I have been married 2 years. The month is significant in that this same time 3 years ago, we had just met and began dating. Last September as we prepared to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, I was diagnosed with cancer. This year we celebrated in a new state, living with family while I am still undergoing chemo and Todd is adjusting to a new job. Whew!!!
I think it is safe to say that Todd and I have been tested over the last 2 years. We certainly never expected to be going through the trials and life changing circumstances that have been our lot thus far. I have wondered at times if Todd regretted his decision to marry me. He, of course, has far too much character to ever think that way. He has told me repeatedly that he would not change a thing and I believe that. Nor would I….
As I look back over the last 3 years, I know in my heart that God was at work on that day in late August when I first met Todd. God knew our future and he knew what each of us would face in the days and years to come. He also knew that we would get through it all by trusting in him and in one another. I am continually amazed at how Todd cares for me. The trials and tribulations we are enduring have strengthened us and brought us closer than I ever dreamed possible. Likewise, I have witnessed Todd’s relationship with the Lord grow and strengthen and there are no words for what God has done in my heart through this.
There is a picture on our bedroom wall in Clemson that says: “I wish I could turn back the clock. I would have met you sooner and love you longer.”
But…. that was not God’s plan for us. His perfect timing was for us to meet when I was 45 and Todd was 49. It is not the quantity that matters in this instance, it is the quality. I pray that Todd and I have many years together ahead of us. What I know is that however many God allows, they will be cherished and precious to us. Last night as we toasted the 2 year mark we thanked God for bringing us together for such a time as this and for never leaving or forsaking us through the highs and lows.
One could say it has been a wild ride….. thankfully we know the Lord is in the driver’s seat!