Keith asked me to make sure my posts about our trip were not about us. He lives his life to glorify God, and is a constant encouragement to me to do the same. He may fear that this post is too much about him. But in recognizing the gift that God has given to me I acknowledge the Giver. Keith is who he is because of Whose he is. I am a beneficiary.
I thank God for the 25 years He has given to us. I have been blessed with a husband who has obeyed the New Testament command to love his wife. Here are some things I love about him.
He always encourages me, in all things, to look up to see Christ.
He loves God's creation, and the ocean is a top attraction. He can (and does) spend hours watching and feeling the power of the waves. I love watching him delight in that power.
Open and uninhibited, he is never afraid to communicate with anyone, even if they can't speak English! He wanted to know about the fishing, so he asked! "The fish are how big?"
As much as he loves to fish, he is even more drawn to fishing for men and is never more fulfilled than when conversing with someone else who has as insatiable a desire for the Lord as he does. Finding such people in Chile was a highlight of our trip.
We often point out oddities in each other that are quirks of our personalities--things we've been aware of since the beginning, that just don't change. Now when we notice them we chuckle and say, "At least I know it's still you."
Keith never could get the hang of altering his gait when we would go for walks together and I always found myself running to catch up with him. I couldn't resist taking this picture as "we" were walking through a national park. At least I knew it was still him!
I've stopped running to catch up, and years ago learned to just be direct, "Hey! Wait for me, let's walk together!" He hasn't refused me yet.
Eph. 5:33 "Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
Twenty-five years ago we made a promise to love, honor, and cherish one another, to stay together through good and bad. We made that promise and kept that promise in faith, trusting that God would keep His promises as we kept ours. We now have some measure of the fulfilling of God's promises--blessings on us and our children. We still have those commands before us, we still keep them in faith, but we also keep them with the experience of knowing all the good that God brings to us as we keep His commandments. Blessed be His name.