Romans 5:3-5, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (ESV)
I used this Bible verse on our wedding invitations.
But I took it out of context.
I used the last part where God has poured out His love into our hearts.
It was appropriate and it felt warm
and fuzzy. And it wasn’t wrong.
7 years later the verse has even more meaning. But it means more when you step back and look at the bigger picture.
Who wants to think about rejoicing in suffering on their wedding day?
It’s not a light hearted perspective but it’s what we commit to isn’t it?
In sickness or in health?
For better or worse?
Everyone expects to be the exception but everyone faces challenges of varying degrees.
The important thing is to face them as a couple. Head on. Together. And if one of you isn’t able to at the time, then the partner can face it for the both of you until the other half catches up.
Marriage is a journey of growing together as you learn and change.
No one is perfect and no one expects to have a child with significant special needs. I’m thankful God gave me the husband he did to go on this journey with!
“Broken Together” – Casting Crowns