July 2014 has special significance for me. It marks 25 years walking with Jesus and 20 years of marriage with my beautiful bride, Cheri. These two relationships are the most important in my life, and their existence and continued growth continue to humble and befuddle me with mystery, holiness and grace.
As I look back, I’ve been passed by many believers far more gifted and on fire than I was, only to encounter their shipwrecked hulls several years later. Many marriages too, tanked and beyond repair, lie on the rocky outcrops of human self-will.
I don’t point this out to pat myself or my marriage on the back, quite the contrary – I have no idea why it’s been like that. When a friend heard it was our 20th anniversary this month, he asked, “20 years, eh? I guess you have everything figured out by now!” I answered, “No, but we’ve learned that we are free from having all our questions answered.”
The faithfulness of Jesus persists (Lamentations 3:22-24). This is the only reason why I’m still a disciple of Jesus happily married to Cheri. So, to give praise where it is due, I’ll simply quote my favorite Matt Redman song and fade into the background. Thank you, Jesus.