I still remember the sharing of I Do’s that created tickles and butterflies in my stomach. That excitement, as I walk down the aisle, I could not contain. I was a bit of a “cinderella rushing to my prince charming” on one hand and a bit of a “soldier rushing to a war zone” on the other.
Marriage is a gift from God, I knew. I am certain. But marriage isn’t a fairytale, as I thought it would be like. As Francis and I started to ride the roller coaster – our lifetime journey as husband and wife, I encountered more of the “war zones” than that of “cinderella tales”.
True enough I will be forever grateful for the gift of a loving and faithful husband, a beautiful soul. And this is what I call happiness that no amount of money can buy. But apart from God, there is no such thing as perfect including our marriage. So when the ride started and the journey to forever began, it was full of ups and downs. The cycles of financial and health issues seems to be unending. The out-of-this-world surprises brought about by pains and hurts are ever present.
As soldiers to life, I and my husband come to realize the secret of victory – that is no other than God. These spiritual battles and attacks are God’s fights, not ours to take. The only duty we have is to constantly seek Him in all seasons of life and to be armored by His word. Everything else will follow.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33-34 NIV)
In this journey, what challenged us the most is that the more we focus our attention to God, the more the attacks of the enemy are. The more the disturbances, the more we hold on to His faithfulness. For God allowed us to enjoy the ride but He did not promise a smooth one. We just need the roller coaster to be a roller coaster. That’s it. At the end of the day, God’s plans are simply the best. His provision and protection are definitely amazing.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)