Life is short - really just a blink of an eye in the scope of things.
At 45, this realization has become more intense. There have been more reminders lately of just how precious this one life is.
When Mike was undergoing his double hernia surgery, the anesthesiologist found a lump in his throat. Actually, he cut him as he was sticking the tube down.
The feeling that I had when the surgeon told me about this after his surgery was overwhelming.
It turns out after a CT scan, that the lump looks benign, but Mike will be seeing a throat specialist next to probably talk about surgery to remove it as it is about an inch in diameter.
That week between the surgery and the meeting with the doctor was one where my senses were elevated - where I appreciated even more each moment.
I cried out to God to please heal him as our relationship had only recently been one of mutual intense love and respect.
Our relationship has reached the best it has ever been - ever - we have both grown so much thanks to the grace of God. What an amazing design that of husband and wife and when it is realized as God intended - what a gift. (It was not always this way as we have had long struggles that are too personal to go into here but there were many, many times when I was ready to give up.)
I am so grateful now to have this time with Mike - to feel loved by him and to love him - God is good.
If you are in a hard spot, just remember that God is faithful and even though His timing may not be yours, there is a plan and a purpose. I thank God that I hung in there and stayed faithful to my marriage.
We are hoping that we can encourage other Christian couples by sharing our story. We will be hosting a twice per month Sunday evening potluck at our home using Matt Chandler's new study, The Mingling of Souls.